Monday, October 6, 2014

Asheville NC and A Sociable Couple of Weeks!

I can’t believe our 2 weeks in the NC mountains and the Asheville area are over! The time flew by and we didn’t get to half of what was on our list. I guess we’ll just have to come back one day :)

Asheville is a very cool place to visit. The entire downtown area is very walk-able with plenty of restaurants, shops, street performers and breweries. The surrounding area is full of things to do and things to see. If hiking is your thing, there are hiking trails galore!

One day we took a short drive south to the Dupont State Forest to do a little waterfall viewing. We settled on the 3 mile Hooker Falls/High Falls trail which gave us a good uphill work out and 3 beautiful waterfalls to ooh and aah over :) The trail was wide and, for the most part, fairly easy to maneuver except for the steep inclines as you move up in elevation.

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First falls and the easiest to get to, Hooker Falls…

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Next up, Triple Falls…

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And, last but not least, High Falls…

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It was a fun day and I think Rick expressed it well :)

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Our friends, Bruce and Laura, joined us the last weekend of September for some fun.

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We split our time between the campground where we walked, ate and enjoyed a campfire each night and exploring more of Asheville. We had so much fun that I forgot to take pictures of anything…except our food at Salsa’s. This made the 2nd time in a week that we ate there :) YUM!

Salsa's

The following Monday, I joined an old friend and high school classmate in Hendersonville for a girls day out. Sue and I hadn’t seen each other in 46 years but we picked up like it had been yesterday :) Sue and her husband, Dick moved to Hendersonville 25 years ago and they just love it. I got the grand tour of the town. A big tourist attraction in Hendersonville is the hand painted bears. Very cool.

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We had lunch at Mike’s on Main Street, an old timey 50’s style diner.

http://www.salsasnc.com/

We stopped to visit with Sue’s neighbor Robin who is the proud owner of a brand new 32 foot motorhome!  She and her husband are excited to join the world of RV’ing. They are just planning to be weekenders. It was nice to meet you Robin!

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Sue and I finished up our day at Burntshirt Vineyards for a little wine tasting. We had a blast!

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The next day, we joined Ronnie and Cynthia at Pack’s Tavern in downtown Asheville and celebrated Rick’s birthday. I think he would have loved that yellow pick-up for a b’day present :)

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Instead, he got a good meal and a beer! :)

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We finished up our mountain stay with another get-together with Sue, this time with her husband Dick. They came for lunch and to see Lucy in person :)

Rick threw some brats on the grill, Sue and Dick brought potato salad, coleslaw and beans and we feasted :) They also brought 4 raspberry filled donuts, one with a blue candle for Rick and another with a pink candle for Sue. They had both had birthdays within the last few days so it was a double celebration. It was a great way to end our visit. Thanks for joining us Sue & Dick,  and thanks, too, for the leftovers! :)

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The next day, the rains came and the cold front moved in. We had wanted to do some paddling while we were here, but it’ll have to wait until next time :)

We are now back in the Raleigh/Durham area, finishing up those doctor/dentist appointments. Unless something unexpected happens, we should be leaving for South Carolina on Saturday, working our way to Florida for the winter.

Thanks for stopping by. Turtle

14 comments:

  1. Wow you really have had a lot of fun socializing with friends. Gorgeous waterfalls and fabulous looking food. I'd be sorry to leave to. Hope to see you in Florida at some point this winter.

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  2. I liked your pic of the high falls best. It looks so refreshing.

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  3. Good for you! I can't imagine all those waterfalls. It's so very dry here in California, and right now it's hot! Have fun working your way to Florida. This year has gone by so fast!

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  4. Salsa's looks delicious, gotta make plans to go try that place.

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  5. We were weekend RVers, too. Somehow, full timing snuck up on us. It's addicting! :c)

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  6. WOW, great couple of weeks!! Hope all goes well in Raleigh and we will see you soon:o))

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  7. It's nice to be able to visit friends on the road.
    We remember that trail to High Falls very well. About 6 or 7 years ago, that was our first real hike together. A lot of things have changed since then. We use to stay at a campground down stream from Hooker Falls and would paddle our kayaks up stream to the Falls. It was cool to put the nose of the boats in the water as it fell over the top.
    Hope everything is good in NC and travel safely.
    Syl

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  8. Enjoyed reading the blog and safe travels to you and Rick, Gail. One day, our paths will cross!

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  9. Beautiful pictures Mom! So glad you and Rick had a great time in Ashevile :)
    Love you!

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  10. What a great looking hike - I love waterfalls and it's always nice to run across them on a hike - beautiful photos!

    I think I'd be going to Salsa's a few times a week if I was there.....the food looks terrific!

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  11. Wow -- you've been busy! Spending time with friends is always wonderful, but catching up with someone you haven't seen in 46 years is an extra special treat!

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  12. Looks like you had a great time- beautiful falls!

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  13. Wow you have been busy socializing, isn't it great to catch up with old friends. Love the Asheville area, we'll get back there someday. Happy belated birthday Rick.

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