Last summer on the night before my wedding, I let loose and jumped into the lake with one of my groomsmen and great friends, and he said something that I’ll never forget, “Get busy livin’ or get busy dyin’.” Add to it that just a few weeks before he said this to me, I was experiencing complications with my heart and was told that I had the power to improve my health if I just exercised more regularly and modified my diet. It was the greatest life advice that I had heard, and has resonated with me ever since.
Luckily, as a resident of Chapel Hill at the time and now Durham, I was in the perfect place for a physical adventure! Every morning provides endless opportunities, from hiking to running to biking to paddle boarding. And all are within a 15-minute drive from either Chapel Hill or Durham!
Just imagine a morning off in Chapel Hill. You might be training for The Tar Heel 10 Miler and 4 Mile Run that will take place on April 21, 2018 and attracts runners from all across the state. Part of the race, however, requires you to tackle the dreaded Laurel Hill on your way up to the finish line. Lucky for you, the resources to prepare you for this uphill battle are endless! You can run the stairs of Kenan Stadium – home of the #2 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft – or practice on the many walking and hiking trails located around the city of Chapel Hill. You could try the Fan Branch Trail, which winds into and out of the beautiful Southern Village, or you could trek to the top of the scenic climb at nearby Occoneechee State Park.
If you enjoy days spent at the lake, Jordan Lake is a mere 10 minutes away from both Chapel Hill and Durham. With close to 14,000 acres of lake, there are plenty of activities to do, including swimming, paddle boarding, kayaking, and riding on the pontoon on a hot July day. There are multiple beach and access points, making it easy for you to launch your next water adventure!
Just a short drive away, you’ll arrive in my current hometown, where the best Fonville Morisey office is located, of Durham! You can meet me and my happy-go-lucky puppy Medora in the early morning on the American Tobacco Trail. This 22.6-mile masterpiece starting in Downtown Durham goes uninterrupted all the way into Cary/Apex. The trail can be used for running, road cycling, mountain biking, or for a leisurely Sunday stroll! Every ¼ mile is marked to let you know exactly how far you’ve gone… Or how far you have left until you reach the American Tobacco Campus in downtown Durham for some locally brewed beer and world-renowned dining!
Whether you’re someone who enjoys a morning or late afternoon walk, training for The Tar Heel 10 Miler and 4 Mile Run, or going the distance for the Ironman 70.3 in Raleigh, you’re in the right place. With access to all of these amazing resources year-round, you’ll never have an excuse to not get out in the Carolina sun! Get busy livin’ in the greatest place in the United States!
About Jarl Abrahamson.
Jarl Abrahamson is a full-time sales associate of the Fonville Morisey Realty Highway 54 office.
Jarl is a member of the Durham Regional Association of REALTORS®, the North Carolina Association of REALTORS®, and the National Association of REALTORS®.
Fonville Morisey Realty has 11 sales offices, with over 850 associates and employees throughout the Greater Triangle region. FM offers mortgage, insurance, property management, title services, real estate education courses and relocation services through its divisions and partners. For more information about Fonville Morisey Realty, visit www.fmrealty.com.