Finding peace amongst the highrises

Here is a quick recap of Winston-Salem, Raleigh, Durham, Charlotte and Atlanta. We took four weeks to explore five cities and made sure to make time for a bit of ease and tranquility. When we set off on this journey, my mindset was to pretty much avoid the big city hustle and bustle. I mean after spending eight years in San Francisco, a city of 1 million people by night and 2 million people by day I did not want anything to do with crowded roads or sidewalks or restaurants. Knowing that this month of travel was going to focus on four major hubs in NC and the largest city in GA made me a bittttt nervous. Was it possible that I would get the "nature shakes" from withdrawal? Contrarily, embracing our fears and angst enhances our senses and we become more alert, more awakened. Slowing our pace, our minds, our beings is possible no matter of our whereabouts. 

"The Mind Is Everything, What You Think You Become" - Buddha

 

Winston-Salem

We stayed at Tanglewood Park just outside of the city. The RV campground was just a small snippet of this county park. We played tennis, hiked through their myriad of trails and even caught a BMX race at their newly renovated bike track. We never did make it downtown however...

 

 Site #37 at Tanglewood Park 

Site #37 at Tanglewood Park 

 Playing tennis 

Playing tennis 

 BMX race at Tanglewood RV Park 

BMX race at Tanglewood RV Park 

 BMX 

BMX 

 Hiking at Hanging Rock State Park 

Hiking at Hanging Rock State Park 

Hanging Rock State Park
 The Breathing Room Yoga Studio 

The Breathing Room Yoga Studio 

 Foothills Brewco

Foothills Brewco

 

Raleigh

We stayed at NC Fairgrounds right across the street from NC State's football stadium and Ralegh's professional hockey arena. I wouldn't seek out this RV Park but we enjoyed evening walks through the horse stables and the small surrounding neighborhood. We did make it downtown briefly... well more like one street right next to downtown but...

  • If you have energy - visit the historic Oakwood Cemetery
  • If you want to get your zen on - do yoga at Open Door Yoga - beautiful studio with great instructors and they also have kettle bell workout classes
  • If you are thirsty - go to the Raleigh Beer Garden and try one of their 300 beers on tap
 Sunset at the NC Fairgrounds 

Sunset at the NC Fairgrounds 

 NC State Football Stadium across the street from the Fairgournds 

NC State Football Stadium across the street from the Fairgournds 

 Entrance to Oakwood Cemetery 

Entrance to Oakwood Cemetery 

Oakwood Cemetery
Oakwood Cemetery
 Love is messy... get dirty 

Love is messy... get dirty 

 Open Door Yoga

Open Door Yoga

 

Durham

We moochdocked outside of a friends house in their cute little suburban neighborhood that butts right up to the Duke Forest. Our friends were THE best tour guides so...

  • If you are hungry - stroll through the Durham Farmers Market (open on Saturdays and Wednesdays), visit Fickle Creek Farm for the freshest meat and veggies or make dinner reservations at Mothers and Sons for delicious homemade pasta (dishes reminded us of San Fran)
  • If you have energy - explore Duke's campus and the Duke Gardens
  • If you want to get your zen on - do yoga at the Durham Yoga Company - highly recommended Patty's Align and Shine class on Saturday morning (make sure to wander through the nearby farmers market before and/or after class)
  • If you are thirsty - order a saison or altbier at Ponysaurus Brewco and relax in the sun on their outdoor patio
 Mothers & Sons Restaurant 

Mothers & Sons Restaurant 

 Fickle Creek Farm open during slect hours on Wed, Fri and Sat

Fickle Creek Farm open during slect hours on Wed, Fri and Sat

 Durham Farmers Market 

Durham Farmers Market 

Durham Farmers Market
Durham Farmers Market
Durham Farmers Market
Durham Farmers Market
 Duke Gardens 

Duke Gardens 

 Durke Gardens 

Durke Gardens 

 Duke Cathedral 

Duke Cathedral 

 Durham Yoga Company 

Durham Yoga Company 

 Ponysaurs Brewco 

Ponysaurs Brewco 

 

Charlotte

We stayed at Elmore RV Park which is really more of a fulltimer's mobile home park with a handful of spots for travelers like us. This is another campground I would not seek out but if you are looking for something close to downtown Charlotte, this is your best bet. A large storm system moved in just as we were setting up camp which meant that we stayed in this area longer than expected so...

 Crowders Mountain State Park 

Crowders Mountain State Park 

 South Mountains State Park 

South Mountains State Park 

South Mountains State Park
 Coreology Fitness 

Coreology Fitness 

 NoDa Yoga Company 

NoDa Yoga Company 

Noda yoga company
 Saturday Noda Market 

Saturday Noda Market 

 

Atlanta

The majority of our time in Atlanta was spent moochdocking outside of another friends house on the east side of town in the Kirkwood District. We also made it out to Stone Mountain Park for just one night of camping (well worth it). Atlanta is a very large city and just recently a part of their interstate caught on fire so that was fun. We did manage to sneak through the busy streets a few times so...

  • If you are hungry - eat pizza at Ammazza
  • If you have energy - hike to the top of Stone Mountain or bike/walk along the Atlanta Beltline. Make sure to explore Ponce City Market which was the historic Sears building in Alt and full of shops/restaurants and Krog Street Market which is also full of good food/drink in an old 1920s warehouse building)!
  • If you want to get your zen on - do yoga at Form Yoga (one of the prettiest studios I have been to). 
  • If you are thirsty - spend time at TorchedHop Brewco. Order one of their many hoppy beers on tap, play shuffleboard or indoor bocce ball and order from their farm fresh menu!
 Moochdocking!

Moochdocking!

 Baby party 

Baby party 

 Dylan visiting his Atlanta office 

Dylan visiting his Atlanta office 

 Walking the Atlanta Beltline 

Walking the Atlanta Beltline 

Atlanta Beltline
 Stone Mountain

Stone Mountain

 Exploring the grounds at Stone Mountain State Park 

Exploring the grounds at Stone Mountain State Park 

 Sheep!

Sheep!

 YOU. ARE. BEAUTIFUL.

YOU. ARE. BEAUTIFUL.