Tuesday, July 6, 2021

How We Spent the 4th of July

 Holiday Happenings

Hey Everyone!  Hope you all enjoyed a great weekend and are having a good week so far. Just thought I would share how we spent our 4th of July this year. After doing nothing last year, since we were staying in due to Covid, this year felt like we were really living it up!

We started the day with a favorite hike on the Mountain to Sea trail along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Our nickname for this section is, "The Max Trail," named after our late schnauzer, Max. He loved going to this trail and would run along trying to carry every stick and small branch he came upon! Then, he would find a rock outcropping and would pose on the rocks looking out over the landscape like he owned everything in sight. He was our "Little Guy" and we still miss him even though he has been gone for over 20 years! Someday, we will get another dog but we will still miss and love our Maxie!

I like this trail, also, because it is relatively flat and not too hard on my joints! We were all smiles as we hiked along. 

Later in the day, The Mr. played in a 4th of July concert in Black Mountain. You can see him in this picture getting his music ready.

This has been a standing gig for this band for many years on the 4th. Last year, of course, the concert did not happen so it was wonderful for it to happen this year and to re-connect with friends I had not seen in well over a year. See that lady flute player with the pony tail in this pic? Well, I was her 4th grade teacher many moons ago! It is always so fun to see her and catch up with her. She is now married and is a music teacher in the area. Since I am now two years into taking flute lessons we can "talk flute." Her flute teacher from her 6th grade year on up until college is now my flute teacher. Perhaps we will meet up in future flute choirs and the teaching roles will be reversed, who knows?!

So, all in all, it was a fun 4th of July this year. It felt much more "normal" which was very nice. We have friends from WV visiting this week so the celebrations continue as I write this. 

How about you? Did you have an enjoyable 4th of July? For my readers who aren't from the USA, did you have an enjoyable weekend? Hope you will leave a comment and let me know. I look forward to reading your thoughts!

Until Next Time,

Dedicated to Max von Schnauzer
Our "Little Guy"


Iris said...

Oh, I love your 4th. Not sure how far I could go on the hike, but it looks like a really fun trail.

LOVE the band and the concert. What kind of band is it and where else do they play. I'll bet the concert was great.

I hear you about Max. My little Frosty has only been gone for 6 years but I still miss him every day. I now have Koda, who is a sweet, loving dog devoted to me, but I guess I'll always miss Frosty.

Enjoyed your post. Glad you had such a good 4th.

Karen Anderson said...

Since I understand the deep love we have for our pets, I think it's wonderful that you have a trail that you named for your Max. You can remember all your walks with him and his antics along the way, and that's very special. It was great to once again hear and see fireworks and enjoy outdoor concerts. I went with my son and daughter-in-law and grandpuppy to watch fireworks. I dog sit the puppy (Moose) three days a week and am very attached, so I understand about your Max. Moose is a mastiff breed, so a big boy. He was very much interested in all the flashes of lights and booms! We had a great time. Enjoy your visit with your family!

Sharon said...

I enjoyed hearing about how you spent your 4th of July. Max sounds like a dear fur friend, and it's nice that you named a trail for him. It's also nice that you have kept up with a former student through the band. I think hearing a band on the 4th makes the holiday a special one.