Leesville Road High School is currently online, which allows students to do their schoolwork from various locations. My family and I decided to take a trip to Boone.
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Friday, October 2, my family and I packed up the car after finishing with school and work. We drove off to take a break from our usual working space; our Raleigh home.
Doing work in new places can be challenging.
Quickly after arriving to the little AirBnB, we realized the cabin didn’t have air conditioning or heating--except for the little space heaters. With the temperature dropping to the low forties and upper thirties at night, we found it hard to sleep. It is hard to focus on school while being sleepy.
The little AirBnb was super tiny but cute.
To heat the place up, the owners of the cabin left some firewood for us to make fires in the fireplace, but we had to collect kindling.
On Saturday morning I did some of my homework in the cabin. I then had the opportunity to hike in the mountains at Elk Knob trail.
Taking a break from homework to hike in the mountains with family is refreshing. It was good for my mind to get away from homework for the afternoon and be outside.
The hard hike up the mountain was worth it. The view of the Blue Ridge Mountains from the top of the Elk Mountain was gorgeous.
This exercise was more enjoyable than any exercise I have had in P.E. class.
I woke up early on Sunday to do AP Psychology homework so that I could go exploring around different places in Boone.
This is the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park.
After visiting the Moses H. Cone vacation house, we went to the Boone Fork Trail and relaxed by the river.
Getting away from school and spending time outside with family helps my mental health, because I get a chance to forget about school stressors.
Outside of school there are still learning experiences. There are information stands throughout different trails.
Doing classes from the mountains helped me stay motivated for my work because I knew that if I got my work done I would have the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors.
During my lunch breaks, I went to the back and sat on the little porch swing, looking at the woods.
October 5, after I finished school, my family and I went to Valle Crucis. While my dad fished, my mom and I did a few different things like walking through the Mast General Store.
While walking around, my mom and I found a cute little coffee & tea place called Valle Crucis Lavender House. The business was closed due to Covid-19, but it was fun looking at the lavender outside.
My mom and I walked to Valle Crucis park and stayed there for the rest of the afternoon: We enjoyed the pretty scenery, cool weather, and hammocking.
October 6 -- after I finished all of my school for the day, we decided to go on a beautiful waterfall hike before going home.
Traveling during virtual school had its challenges: Not getting enough sleep because of the freezing cottage and having to figure out managing school. But the trip was worth it.
Getting away from normal life is good sometimes. Traveling with my family really helped my mental health.