What a wonderful beginning to fall I've had! I have had the fortune of spending a lot of it traveling, so (of course!) there are many pictures to share. I also wanted to talk a little bit (ha) about it as well.
The first trip was at the end of Sepember. My s/o, Kurt,'s parents were making a trip down south to visit extended family. They were gracious enough to include me along with them and him in their trip, for which I was very happy and grateful. I was excited. Adventure! I haven't done much out of state travel at all. I was excited to see the mountains.
We traveled through Indiana and Ohio, mostly flat farmland it seems. Then it was through Cincinnati and over the bridge into Kentucky. We rose up and up in elevation into the first mountain range. You could see a shelf of low rainclouds enveloping the first rise of mountains, and finally we entered though. I saw walls of sedimented layers of rock on either side, and soon green vines began to overtake everything.
We passed by Lexington and then soon it was through Tennessee, where there were more mountains and green everywhere.
Soon we were off the main road and heading deep into the mountains, and entered into North Carolina. We went up windy roads and switchbacks, higher and higher. When you look off into the distance you could start seeing so far that the green of the groundcover become bluer and bluer until it meets with the blue of the sky.
Finally we reached our destination in Asheville, NC, seemingly the home of artists and crafters of all kinds. This was such a welcome surprise to me! I visited craft shops which had loads of stuff you can't find up north. People actually take crafting seriously there, with guilds, festivals, galleries on every block, all centered around crafts. Not the kind of Wal-mart plastic beads you find where I'm from. I felt like I was in a second home! Kurt's family welcomed me and said there was a place for us whenever we wanted to return. They were so great, even bought a lot of my jewelry!
We stayed for a week in Asheville. Kurt and I went to Chimney rock and climbed 26 stories of stairs to the top, and saw views that went on for 75 miles!
We also went for a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway and saw some great views there, too.
We checked out shops and galleries and visited with family and had a wonderful Southern meal at a fancy B&B for his grandmothers 90th birthday. Oh my God, the biscuits. And the smoked gouda mac and cheese! Lastly it was a trolley ride with the family around Asheville before it was goodbye. I was so sad to leave. It was a wonderful place, and they are wonderful people. I'm glad to have had the chance to meet them and see all the beautiful sights. Who knows, maybe my crafts will have a place there someday.
The timing on this trip worked out in a way that a week later we were scheduled to go to Mackinaw City/Island. We had had that trip set up a while in advance, whereas this trip to Asheville was coordinated by Kurt's parents. Hey, I won't complain! I'll talk about that trip later, this journal entry is long enough.
Hope you enjoyed reading!