Falling For 28

October 26, 2010

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Despite some fog and rain and wine, we had a fabulous day exploring, hiking, climbing, eating, sipping and tasting. All the wonderful things we love to do together! I am so thankful that I was able to spend the day with Matt enjoying the senses.

He actually spent a good portion of the morning on a conference call for Great Harvest. We should [crosses fingers] be able to announce our new location within a week – with a hopeful April opening! Things have been moving along, but nothing is definite until we sign on the dotted line.

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While Matt worked, I got antcy on Twitter and then opened my gift from Karen!

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A beautiful grey sweater from Banana!

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And an inside joke perfume to match

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Matt emerged from his call with a card in hand – in our typical "blue ink" fashion

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And the Bears finally came out of hibernation!! They have been in it for a few months now, storing up for winter.

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Car tripppp!

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30 minutes later we were on the Blue Ridge Parkway and then at the foot of Humpback Rocks

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Where’s the 2!?

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And then climbing

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I have been on many hikes described as "strenuous" in my life and this was by far the hardest!! Leave it to Cville!

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We climbed and scrambled and I was SO TIRED by the time we neared the top. Like I’d done lunges for 30 minutes straight!

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But of course, it was worth it…

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It was SCARY up there!! I really did feel like the wind was going to blow me over.

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We found a hidden alcove and broke into the picnic!

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Pears

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Which were SO good!

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Mmmm!

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A giant loaf of walnut bread we picked up from one of the town’s artisan bakeries

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Oh yeah!

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And cheeses….a soft, my favorite raw bleu, and a hard

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Plus veggies and hummus

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And FIGS!

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I hate lots of these. I grew up eating French picnics of bread and cheese and really can’t think of a better meal!

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Coming back down the mountain was easier than up, but still really hard! My legs were totally shaking.

Next stop: you guessed it! Wine tasting!

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Sadly the weather turned for the worse, but at least we got through our hike!

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We went to Flying Fox

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And then Veritas (where we were having a 5 year anniversary of my birthday trip to Cville in 2005!)

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Loved the Claret -

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Matt bought me a bottle for my bday!

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Had a bread snack Smile

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And moved on to Pollak, which may have won the award for best winery of the day!

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We absolutely LOVED the whites – and the reds were impressive too. And such a pretty setting. Very impressive overall! [Oh, and the best tasting crackers too!]

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We took a short interlude to return home, change clothes, check email, and hop on our bikes before heading back out to dinner. The plan for the night was to play dinner by ear. We didn’t know what we’d be in the mood for. But we decided to try a new mostly local restaurant downtown called Brookville.

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The restaurant has a really small menu – just featuring what’s fresh that day. I was quite surprised to NOT see 10-26-10 at the top!! If anyone would notice this date was wrong it was me!

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We cheers with a glass of wine each

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And chowed down on some delicious homemade cornbread!!

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To start I got a Kohlrabi salad with apple and water chestnut

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And Matt got cheesy stuffed banana peppers (and shared one!)

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For dinner I got a Sausage + Veggie + Feta Frittata. It was quite small, but also not too expensive, so I didn’t have huge expectations. It was actually a great portion for the night, so it ended up being a win. It tasted like a pizza – and I sort of missed the crust!

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Matt got Lamb Kebobs, which were also appetizer priced and portioned. Perfecto!

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And then….we hit up Sweet Frog. Yes, buttercream is more birthday appropriate. But a yogurt topped with literally EVERY non-fruit topping was calling my name. This was a candy bar with a side of yogurt!! I actually didn’t finish it all – too much to eat!

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Back home via bike. Chillin. Thanks to you all for your birthday wishes. I had a great one!!!

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1 Hannah October 26, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Happy Birthday! Have a wonderful day!

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2 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 26, 2010 at 8:12 pm

What an absolutely beautiful hike. I am in awe over those pictures. Beautiful!

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3 Liz @ BITNB October 26, 2010 at 8:13 pm

Gorgeous pics and looks like a fun day!

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4 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) October 26, 2010 at 8:14 pm

WOW!! I knew Matt had something up his sleeve but he exceeded my VERY high expectations!! Holy smokes Cville just gets even more gorgeous…if that’s possible. What a day!

Happy Birthday again :)

Oh I ran 8.2 miles in 82 minutes JUST FOR YOU! No 6 but today is all about the 8.

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5 Estela @ Weekly Bite October 26, 2010 at 8:16 pm

What a fabulously perfect day!! Happy Birthday Kath!

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6 Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) October 26, 2010 at 8:16 pm

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

What a wonderful birthday you had !! Such beautiful colors on your hike. Only wish my local hikes had trees like that. VERY cool.

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7 holly @ couchpotatoathlete October 26, 2010 at 8:16 pm

I want to just jump into the pictures of the trees! They look like multicolored puff balls :) So beautiful.

That loaf of bread looks so good — I am so jealous of your picnic lunch. Enjoy your night!

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8 ging October 26, 2010 at 8:17 pm

HAPPY OL’ BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!

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9 Steph October 26, 2010 at 8:17 pm

Happy Birthday! I think you celebrated the big 26+2 with great style!

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10 Coco @ Opera Girl Cooks October 26, 2010 at 8:18 pm

Oh my gosh, Kath, that looks like a wonderful birthday! You are truly blessed.

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11 Nicole October 26, 2010 at 8:19 pm

Stunning photos!!! Hope you had a great birthday!

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12 stacey-healthylife October 26, 2010 at 8:21 pm

Happy birthday. What an amazing day and such a beautiful view. Matt really does a great job. Have a lovely b-day evening.

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13 Chelsea October 26, 2010 at 8:24 pm

Wow! Looks like you had a fantastic day! Your lunch and dessert look amazing, and all the scenery looks absolutely beautiful. I wish we had fall foliage like that here!

Happy Birthday!!

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14 Christine October 26, 2010 at 8:26 pm

Mmmm, the bread/cheese/fruit picnic does seem like the perfect meal.

Yay for more VA wineries. I have to tell you, I used my blenheim glass today — its a pretty nice glass!

Happy Birthday (again!)

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15 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 26, 2010 at 8:26 pm

Figs! What a wonderful way to celebrate your birthday. :)

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16 Heather October 26, 2010 at 8:26 pm

Glad your birthday has been so fabulous! A serious question for you: what brand/color is your eyeshadow? Seems like such a soft subtle lavender/grey. Love it!

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17 Kath October 26, 2010 at 9:21 pm

It’s Cover Girl Tapestry Taupe with some ELF purple on top!

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18 Liza October 26, 2010 at 8:27 pm

Happy birthday! Looks like you had an amazing day!

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19 *Andrea* October 26, 2010 at 8:27 pm

LOVE the sweater! gorgeous view too. happy bday, kath!!

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20 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 26, 2010 at 8:27 pm

That looks like SUCH a fun day!! You look gorgeous in all your photos Kath. Sounds like 28 might not be so bad after all hey? ;)

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21 Jamie @ Food in Real Life October 26, 2010 at 8:27 pm

Beautiful pics! I feel like the leaves are so colorful this year and turning nice and slow. Everyday when i drive somewhere I try and just admire the beauty of this time of year. It truly is a gift from nature, isn’t it?

Love your new sweater too! Happy bday!

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22 Char October 26, 2010 at 8:28 pm

Wow!! :)

P.S. I love your cardigan!!

xoxo

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23 Meaghen October 26, 2010 at 8:29 pm

Those pictures are stunning! You have definitely made me want to visit Cville for myself! Looks like you had a wonderful day!

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24 Alayna @ Thyme Bombe October 26, 2010 at 8:30 pm

I just bought that exact same sweater 2 days ago! It’s a beauty. Glad your birthday was wonderful, lots of fabulous photos!

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25 Brittany October 26, 2010 at 8:31 pm

I hope you had a great birthday…it looks like you did! I was in C-ville last weekend and ironically went the same places you did! Went to Humpback Rocks and then did wine tastings at Veritas and Flying Fox! (And Afton and Cardinal Point, too!). I LOVE the Blue Ridge Mountains in that area…you’re lucky to live in such a beautiful place! :) If only it wasn’t for UVA, of course! (I’m a Virginia Tech grad!) haha

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26 Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) October 26, 2010 at 8:31 pm

What a perfect way to spend your birthday — great sights, great wine, great food, great company. Looks like you had an awesome day. :D

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27 Stephanie October 26, 2010 at 8:33 pm

Happy Bday!! Looks like Matt definitely impressed w/ the bday celebration, what a great day :) I tried Pollak wine at the Wintergreen wine festival a few weeks ago and ended up picking up a bottle of the Durant White, it was fabulous!

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28 Samantha October 26, 2010 at 8:34 pm

How were the boots for the hike?

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29 Kath October 26, 2010 at 9:21 pm

GREAT!!

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30 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef October 26, 2010 at 8:35 pm

looks like a beautiful hike! can’t believe you did it in boots though :) i’m impressed!

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31 Kath October 26, 2010 at 9:22 pm

They were actually a bit more comfy than tennis shoes – because they were supportive

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32 Hope October 26, 2010 at 8:37 pm

Happy Birthday!!
Looks like you had the most amazing day! I love that you got an experience, rather than just a present – must talk to my hubby about this kind of thing for my next bday!

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33 coco October 26, 2010 at 8:38 pm

fantastic day! Love the blue print card, so cute! :)

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34 Liz S. October 26, 2010 at 8:42 pm

Happy birthday, Kath! Looks like you had a fantastic and beautiful day! Such gorgeous fall vistas – wow!

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35 Shannon (A Better Me) October 26, 2010 at 8:43 pm

What an awesome day! The pictures are gorgeous. Don’t you just love this time of year?! Happy Birthday!

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36 Nelly@CrazySexyFit October 26, 2010 at 8:46 pm

Happy happy birthday! Those views are absolutely stunning, and I bet you could not have been paid to quit smiling all day! Matt’s drawing is the CUTEST! and I love how in the bears’ first portrait, the little guy is totally doing a faceplant into his buddy’s shoulder there :)

You know what would be awesome? Some KERF-style desktop-background-sized photos. Just sayin’.

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37 Krista (kristastes) October 26, 2010 at 8:48 pm

Beautiful pics!! Happy Birthday, Kath :)

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38 lynn (The Actors Diet) October 26, 2010 at 8:49 pm

what a fun filled, happy bday. i am jealous you’re still getting figs!

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39 Katie October 26, 2010 at 8:49 pm

Happpppy birthdayyyy! For some reason, I get a kick out of when you eat really indulgent foods. You are SOOOOO good at eating naturally 99% of the time, so its so great when you get a HUGE thing of fro-yo :-P You deserved it for sure!

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40 Lindsay October 26, 2010 at 8:51 pm

Gorgeous views!! And you look so beautiful and happy in all of these photos – as usual :)

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41 Ingunn October 26, 2010 at 8:53 pm

Happy birthday!!

I’m envious of those fall colors *and* your hiking food – so much better than a Larabar. :D

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42 ilana October 26, 2010 at 8:56 pm

Happy Birthday, Kath! Looks like it was super fun and relaxing! Hope you felt loved and celebrated. :)
Have a wonderful 29th year! (It starts with your 28th bday, technically.)

Lani

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43 Megan October 26, 2010 at 8:56 pm

Happy Birthday Kath! You look beautiful in the pics! Where are your boots from?

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44 Kath October 26, 2010 at 9:22 pm

You’ll see tomorrow!

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45 leah @ l4l October 26, 2010 at 9:07 pm

Those are such gorgeous Fall pictures! And you looked adorable today!

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46 Jessica October 26, 2010 at 9:11 pm

Happy birthday! I’m jealous that you get to have your birthday in a lovely weather month like October. I’ve got February and in my neck of Michigan, it’s usually all slush.

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47 racheld October 26, 2010 at 9:12 pm

Looks like you had a great birthday and from these pictures it was also a Fabulous hair day!

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48 Laura @ Blogging Over Thyme October 26, 2010 at 9:13 pm

This sounds like such a fun day! I love the picnic on the hike, I could eat fresh bread and cheese all day :) The views are spectacular, I now want to drive down to C-ville and experience them myself.

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49 Pixie Gas October 26, 2010 at 9:17 pm

Beautiful fall photographs!

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50 Lily's Health Pad October 26, 2010 at 9:19 pm

Matt did a good job.

Such a KERF way to spend a birthday!

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51 Emily October 26, 2010 at 9:20 pm

Beautiful and spectacular birthday, Kath! I think I would love all of those things; hiking, wine and good eats with the person you love :) Great photos and wonderful day, good work Matt!

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52 Becki @ Hike, Bike, Eat October 26, 2010 at 9:20 pm

What a fancy picnic to finish up an intense hike! I normally eat a Clif bar, but I may have to change that after seeing your spread. Happy birthday!

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53 Camille October 26, 2010 at 9:20 pm

That is an amazing view!
I’m go glad you had a good birthday!

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54 Catherine October 26, 2010 at 9:22 pm

Happy Birthday! You are so adorable, welcome to 28, it’s not so bad :)

That sweater is gorgeous!

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55 Lisa @bakebikeblog October 26, 2010 at 9:34 pm

oh my Kath – what a PERFECT way to ceebrate your bday. I must say that your lunch picnic is particularly wonderful!

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56 Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama October 26, 2010 at 9:34 pm

Those fall colors are just amazing! Thanks for sharing the wonderful pics. Happy birthday!

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57 stepf @dailyspark October 26, 2010 at 9:35 pm

So I just read (and you probably already know this), but in “Back to the Future,” Doc Brown was headed 25 years into the future to October 26, 2010. Clearly, he wanted to wish you a Happy 26+2, Kath!

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58 Kath October 26, 2010 at 9:36 pm

I don’t think I knew that!!

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59 Cara Craves... October 26, 2010 at 9:35 pm

A drove the blue ridge parkway in the winter…BAD idea.
That is one winding and very high road!
You drive looked quite lovely with all the fall colours!

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60 Sam October 26, 2010 at 9:41 pm

Is Brookville the newish place about Escafe at the end of the mall? I must go there to try that lamb.

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61 Sam October 26, 2010 at 9:42 pm

*above Escafe. Sheesh. I am so tired I can not spell anything right.

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62 Kath October 26, 2010 at 9:46 pm

Yup!

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63 Pat Kilmain October 26, 2010 at 9:44 pm

What a great birthday. I’m very impressed with all C’ville has to offer. It’s on my list of places to visit…..

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64 Eileen October 26, 2010 at 9:50 pm

Gorgeous day! It looks and sounds like a wonderful birthday. Your hair is very pretty pulled back at the sides … the pics where you’re by the fence look like a Ralph Lauren ad!

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65 Heather (Heather's Dish) October 26, 2010 at 9:51 pm

GOOOOOOOOOORGEOUS! what a beautiful birthday…so glad you guys had fun!

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66 Jenny October 26, 2010 at 9:54 pm

Happy Birthday Kath!! It looks like you had a perfect day :)

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67 Sarah @ Sarah's Shaping Up October 26, 2010 at 9:59 pm

Sounds like the PERFECT day. Happy Birthday! :)

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68 Leela October 26, 2010 at 10:00 pm

Oh, you make me homesick! I love Humpback Rocks–my family used to hike up there every Thanksgiving.

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69 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) October 26, 2010 at 10:02 pm

What a splendid way to spend your birthday. I love your outfit and your picnic. Cheese, fruit, and bread are my favorite meals. I think I could live off of that combo 3 meals a day. :)

Happy birthday again!!!!

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70 Kelli October 26, 2010 at 10:02 pm

CUTE outfit! Especially for hiking. Your picnic looks AMAZING! Wonderful veggies with bread & cheese?! YUM! Your birthday looks like it was tasty & fun!

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71 Meg October 26, 2010 at 10:08 pm

After reading and looking through this whole post, the only thing I can come up with to say is:

You are one of the most beautiful human beings I’ve ever “met”! Happy Birthday, Kath!

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72 the strong mama October 26, 2010 at 10:09 pm

Aren’t the leaves ridiculous right now !? So glad you two went up humpback! Well done Matt on planning an awesome day! happy birthday girl !

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73 Melissa October 26, 2010 at 10:16 pm

Happy birthday!! What an amazing day, and an amazing post in your amazing blog to match. You have so much to be proud of! Thank you for sharing it all with us!!

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74 Katy @ A Healthy Shot October 26, 2010 at 10:25 pm

Perfect Day! Looks like you had fun! I love bread & cheese meals :)

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75 Jess @ atasteofconfidence October 26, 2010 at 10:26 pm

Looks like you had a gorgeous birthday! I am jealous ;)

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76 Kristen @ Kristen, Sweetly October 26, 2010 at 10:28 pm

You and the bears look like you were ready for a day in the country! Your birthday looks so, so fantastic. I hope it was a wonderful time. And of course yogurt is the perfect birthday dessert if it’s what you wanted on your day! :-p I tend to want it every day, which may soon turn into a problem.

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77 Eating Bird Food October 26, 2010 at 10:29 pm

What a fun day Matt planned. I’d say he’s a keeper. ;)

And, I love all the photos- especially the ones of the changing leaves. Fall is one of the reasons I love living in VA! Happy b-day again!

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78 Katherine October 26, 2010 at 10:29 pm

What a fantastic day. Happy birthday and many more!

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79 Vanessa October 26, 2010 at 10:32 pm

I love C’Ville. It’s breathtaking everyday, especially in Fall where the leaves are all different colors. Looks like you had a successful birthday!! Love your boots! Happy Birthday!

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80 Sarah October 26, 2010 at 10:33 pm

It looks like a beautiful birthday! I am glad you had a good one.

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81 Krystina (Organically Me) October 26, 2010 at 10:36 pm

BREATHTAKING photos! I’m glad you had a fabulous birthday. You deserve it. :)

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82 Suzanne October 26, 2010 at 10:43 pm

Looks like I just made it!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! :) Looks like you had a great day.

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83 Heidi - apples under my bed October 26, 2010 at 11:10 pm

The hike looks fabulous! Stunning views. and lunch…how delicious! I also love french style picnics. I’m glad you had a great day :)
Heidi xo

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84 Leila October 26, 2010 at 11:10 pm

Those pictures make me want to sing “take me home, country roads…” :) Happy Birthday!

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85 Yena October 26, 2010 at 11:13 pm

Hi Kath,
I’m a senior attending the University of Washington in Seattle, and I’ve been following your blog for about a year. Seeing that it’s your birthday, I wanted to finally post a comment and wish you a happy birthday! It looks like you and Matt had a wonderful day – the photos are absolutely breathtaking! I really enjoy reading your blog and looking forward to more amazing posts.

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86 Jaclyn October 26, 2010 at 11:17 pm

Looks like quite the fun and festive birthday, glad you had a good and special one!!
Happy Birthday KERF!

Ps I love your birthday “cake”!!!!

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87 yummieecupcake October 26, 2010 at 11:33 pm

seems like you had a lovely quiet day out!!

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88 Namaste Gurl October 26, 2010 at 11:35 pm

Happy Birthday, Kath :)!!!!!!!

As I can see you had one excellent day. What a wonderful husband, town and friends you have– I’m jealous, I hope I get the same on my birthday!

Enjoy :)

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89 Anne October 27, 2010 at 12:01 am

We had such a beautiful hike there a few years ago! It was SO windy and SO cold… but the mist over the changing leaves is magical. Happy Birthday!

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90 maya @ finding balance in tokyo October 27, 2010 at 12:18 am

Happy Birthday!

I love the pictures. Looks like the perfect way to spent a special day! :D

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91 Blue October 27, 2010 at 12:21 am

Happy Brithday!

The first pic is so stunning, the fall color is beautiful.

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92 Teresa @ Teresa Tastes & Travels October 27, 2010 at 12:24 am

Those views are breathtaking!

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93 Marina October 27, 2010 at 12:28 am

Beautiful hike pictures! and an awesome picnic spread :)
I’m glad you had a nice day!

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94 Sana October 27, 2010 at 12:39 am

Oh the bearsss! Too cute!

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95 Kate October 27, 2010 at 12:48 am

Looks like a most excellent birthday! You two are seriously the cutest couple :) My dad and younger brother went on a road trip along the Blue Ridge Parkway this past summer–very beautiful and scenic, I wish I could have gone along too.

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96 Rachael October 27, 2010 at 1:25 am

That picnic looks UH-MAZING! Happy Birthday Kath! It looks like you had a totally awesome day!

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97 Kelly October 27, 2010 at 1:46 am

its still 10/26 for 15 more minutes where I live, so Happy Birthday!

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98 Ravenous Rowie October 27, 2010 at 2:11 am

Happy birthday! Love the Fall color photos!

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99 Felicity October 27, 2010 at 3:32 am

That looks like the perfect day. : )

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100 Kori October 27, 2010 at 4:41 am

You look beautiful! I love the outfit. The scenery is breathtaking, and the picnic sounds scrumptious. Matt did a terrific job. :) Btw I order 2 jars of Nuttzo last night using your birthday coupon. My sister and I cannot wait to try it!!! Thank you!!

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101 Caitlyn (A Spoonful of Life) October 27, 2010 at 4:44 am

What an awesome birthday! I’m glad you had a GREAT time.

Congrats about making headway on the Great Harvest location!! Very Exciting!!

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102 Lauren at KeepItSweet October 27, 2010 at 5:25 am

what an amazing day and such gorgeous pictures

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103 Cassie @ Back to Her Roots October 27, 2010 at 5:46 am

Wow! What a fantastic birthday. Those views are AMAZING. A perfect picnic spot. In high school, on the first nice day of the Spring, my French teacher would always take us all out to the courtyard with a blanket and a spread of fruits, cheeses and bread to have a French picnic. It was my favorite day of the year.

And your boots ROCK. Want!

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104 Christie {Honoring Health} October 27, 2010 at 5:54 am

I think this is my most favorite post you have ever written. What a lovely way to spend your birthday, doing all the things you love.

On a note about the Kolhrabi, my csa grows it and I had it for the first time this year. I absolutely love it. So crunchy!

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105 Tabitha (From Single to Married) October 27, 2010 at 5:57 am

Looks like a great day! It’s funny, because my husband just sent me a link to Humback Rocks last night. We’re thinking of driving down this weekend and making the hike so we can see the trees!

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106 Mrs October 27, 2010 at 6:10 am

Yah, we live on the other side of the mountain from y’all, and humpback rocks is one of our favorite views, but you work to get up there! Aren’t the leaves pretty now? Great photos, and what a picturesque lunch!

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107 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) October 27, 2010 at 6:12 am

Looks like a beautiful day! I hope you had a happy birthday!

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108 Erika @ Food, Fitness, & Fun October 27, 2010 at 6:23 am

Looks like you enjoyed your birthday!

Look at that spreat. Now THAT is the right way to picnic – YUM! :-D

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109 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) October 27, 2010 at 6:40 am

The pictures are stunning. And I love your new sweater. You look so pretty, and it suits you perfectly. :D

Just a quick question, did you use your new lens for these pics? They look *great*!

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110 Kath October 27, 2010 at 6:58 am

Yes!! It hasn’t come off my camera :)

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111 Alison (Ali on the Run) October 27, 2010 at 6:47 am

Wow! What a great birthday! These pictures are all stunning. Hope you have lots of picture frames ready!

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112 Katie October 27, 2010 at 6:51 am

Veritas was the first winery I went to when I decided to try the VA Wine Circuit and it converted me! Who needs Napa Valley? I love Pollack too! I’m going to miss all the wineries when I graduate! Visiting the wineries make for a great afternoon!

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113 Simply Life October 27, 2010 at 7:01 am

Looks like a great day!

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114 Lori October 27, 2010 at 7:01 am

Love the Parkway pics. I was up at Peaks of Otter this week-end. Best way to spend the week-end – driving the Blue Ridge Parkway. Glad you had a great day. Can’t wait to hear about the Great Harvest store.

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115 Bess @ Bess Be Fit October 27, 2010 at 7:11 am

Looks like you had a great birthday!! I love those shots in the mountains…we have a house in Blowing Rock, NC and I have been dying to go and photograph the foliage…going up for Thanksgiving. Can’t wait! Happy Birthday again :)

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116 notyet100 October 27, 2010 at 7:12 am

perfect post,..cheese looks so appealing,.

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117 Allie October 27, 2010 at 7:16 am

Awww, what a nice hubby you have to plan the day for you! All of your pictures look really, really nice! The corn bread looks especially delicious :)

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118 Allison O'Mara (Girl in her kitchen) October 27, 2010 at 7:18 am

Beautiful! I am going to try to get my husband to go hiking with me this weekend. And, I LOVE french picnics. When hubby and I did a self drive tour of Ireland last Summer i would find a local grocery and pick up some fruit, cheeses, and a yummy loaf of artisan bread. It was so good and saved us a lot of money.

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119 steph@goeatapeach October 27, 2010 at 7:23 am

i was so hoping you and matt would try brookville, i’ve been dying to go! the chef has such a good story.. he graduated from uva’s commerce school and had a very lucrative job in investment banking, but left it all to go to culinary school and pursue his love of cooking!
cheers to a lovely birthday with delicious food and beautiful photos :)

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120 Anne Ward October 27, 2010 at 7:27 am

Having grown up in the Valley I have hiked Humpback Rocks many times; it is one of my favorite places to take visiting guests. Can you believe my high school cross-country team would run the Blue Ridge Parkway on our Saturday morning workouts? Anyway if you are up for another great hike I would recommend Crab Tree Falls out by Natural Bridge.

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121 Caroline October 27, 2010 at 7:33 am

Looks like Matt did an amazing job with your birthday surprise! What a beautiful day! (I don’t mind clouds!) You look fabulous too, love the hair and outfit! I’m glad you had such fun!

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122 Jillian@ Reshape Your Life October 27, 2010 at 7:34 am

Happy birthday Kath!! It looks like you had an awesome birthday!

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123 Amy October 27, 2010 at 7:35 am

Don’t you love the blue ridge parkway? My husband proposed there. :) Glad you had a fun day, it looked like the perfect birthday!

(And WHERE did you get those boots?? I love them!)

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124 Tina October 27, 2010 at 7:43 am

Beautiful pics! Looks like an amazing day!

Happy birthday (again), Kath!!!!!!!

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125 Ann October 27, 2010 at 7:51 am

You look SO BEAUTIFUL in these pictures. Happy Birthday!

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126 leatitia October 27, 2010 at 7:54 am

Love the birthday post! Happy Birthday 10/26+1 :)

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127 Michelle October 27, 2010 at 7:57 am

Love that sweater! So cute!

Love the boots. I love riding boots… the only thing I hate is the bunching in the knees.

I just bought Jeggings at Ann Taylor Loft…. they are so great for tucking into boots! I was hesitant and thought they’d be weird/cheap looking but they look just like jeans and don’t do that funky bunch in the knees thing. I totally recommend them!

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128 Karen October 27, 2010 at 8:03 am

Happy Birthday! Love this post – it makes me feel warm and fuzzy and glad I ended up moving here!

I’m doing humpback this weekend – And I am a total scaredy cat on the top. It takes me a good 10 minutes to get comfortable and really enjoy the view.

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129 Kelly October 27, 2010 at 8:03 am

Wow! Matt get’s major points for planning such a fun day. I’m going to make Brad call him in April when it’s my birthday. ;) Looks like you guys had a fabulous time on your birthday.

P.S. I have boots that look just like yours! Mine might be a tad darker. Flat boots are the best!

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130 Lindsay October 27, 2010 at 8:11 am

HAPPY birthday…..OMG i love the view you had from the top…… and the picnic!

PS where are you boots from? i am TOTALLY in love with them!

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131 Annie@stronghealthyfit October 27, 2010 at 8:11 am

Looks like an awesome bday! That’s quite an impressive picnic lunch :-)

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132 skinnyrunner October 27, 2010 at 8:15 am

what beautiful pictures and fun day!
and i love your boots too.

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133 Jessie October 27, 2010 at 8:18 am

Happy Birthday! Sorry I am a bit late. Looks like Matt planned a great day. The food and scenery look beautiful.

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134 Tricia B October 27, 2010 at 8:23 am

Ah – you need to get some hiking boots and join us on Old Rag – just up the road from you guys. There is a one mile rock “scramble” and it is just like it sounds. A bit of a scramble to get to the top! I have to take my husband or son with me so I can get a boost to climb up and over. Short people must make the necessary adjustments. Really – looks like a fabulous day! Check out http://www.hikingupward.com for more great hikes in our area. Tricia in Fredericksburg, Va.

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135 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) October 27, 2010 at 8:34 am

Glad you had such a nice birthday! Love all the pics!

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136 katie@ Fab.Fit.Full. October 27, 2010 at 8:47 am

Happy Birthday! This was my birthday week too (the 22nd) it’s the best time to have fun outdoors with the leaves and crisp air :)

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137 klm October 27, 2010 at 8:49 am

gEEEEEEEEEEEEEz Matt– WAY. TO.GO. That looks like the absolute most perfect day ever!!!!!!!!

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138 Carolyn @ lovinlosing October 27, 2010 at 9:00 am

It looks like you had a wonderufl birthday! Beautiful setting, too. Now, you’ve inspired me to take a trip to the mountains soon. :)

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139 Natalia - a side of simple October 27, 2010 at 9:48 am

You look great in all your pictures, glad you had a nice birthday!

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140 Clairerose C October 27, 2010 at 10:04 am

Looks like a fabulous day with gorgeous views:-)cc

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141 Ashley October 27, 2010 at 10:06 am

That sounds like the perfect day!

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142 Amanda (Eating Up) October 27, 2010 at 10:41 am

Looks like an awesome day! Bread and cheese is one of my favorite meals as well!

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143 Joanna October 27, 2010 at 11:24 am

The sweater and the picturesque views are amazing! Great way to start off your year. :)

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144 Aneesha October 27, 2010 at 11:48 am

Happy Birthday!!! monson drew pictures of all of our stuffed animals on my bday card too! brother like brother, sounds like an amazing day!

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145 Lauren October 27, 2010 at 11:48 am

Excellent day!!!! Loved your sweater from Karen- it looks awesome on you! :)

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146 Tehsina October 27, 2010 at 12:47 pm

Yum! What a lovely way to spend your birthday. Happy birthday to you girl!

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147 Megan October 27, 2010 at 12:52 pm

Happy birthday – I am glad the business stuff is shaping up. I really hope you either a) start a blog about being a business owner or b) include lots of info on your blog. I am so interested in how it goes for you. I am much more the corporate type than a entreprenuer, so I wish you guys the best and hope we get to hear LOTS about it.

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148 Franziska (justalittlechocolate) October 27, 2010 at 1:48 pm

The picnic looked amazing!! Now I am craving figs and cheese :)

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149 Jennifer @ Frost BItes October 27, 2010 at 2:31 pm

‘ hope it’s not too late…but Happy Boitday!!! Looked like you had a very good day and your pictures all look amazing! I love the Bears!

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150 Jen @ keepitsimplefoods.com October 27, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Nice photos!

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151 Mary @ Bites and Bliss October 27, 2010 at 4:45 pm

GORGEOUS scenery!!! Such an incredible day! :D

Fingers crossed for the Great Harvest location!

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152 Jen October 27, 2010 at 8:29 pm

Kath – it looks like you had a perfect birthday – the hike, the picnic, the wineries and your super cute new boots! Happy birthday one day late!!! :D

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153 Lauren @ vegology October 27, 2010 at 9:48 pm

What a great birthday! I went hiking at Humpback Rocks this weekend too; the reward at the top is definitely worth the tough climb, especially when the leaves are changing. Great pics (as usual) and happy birthday to you!

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154 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 28, 2010 at 7:53 am

1. That looks like the perfect birthday!
2. The views in CVille are so stunning!
3. I LOVE French picnics like that.

I’m glad you had such an amazing day. :D

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155 Melissa @ Live, Love, & Run October 28, 2010 at 10:43 am

Kath! My husband and I did the Blue Ridge Parkway last week on Wednesday, and it’d been raining/foggy as well. Luckily, that makes for some beautiful pictures, doesn’t it? I love the mountains this time of year.

So glad you had a wonderful day with Matt!

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156 Rachelle November 1, 2010 at 11:22 am

Gorgeous… those pictures just make me SO happy!!!! I love fall, and photography and great food :-)
I hope you had a fantastic b-day!

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