NC Trip Day Six

Today we ventured into civilization. Well, as much as you can really call it that. Downtown Asheville still maintains a small town feel while also having the look of a big city, except still not a big city. It’s hard to describe, really.

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We started our day parking over at the chamber of commerce. Pro tip, if you’re okay with a short walk, the chamber is the best place to park for free. Then we headed to the Mellow Mushroom for some lunch.

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Mellow Mushroom is more of a franchise that is all over, there’s even one in Orlando, but it really fits in with the aesthetic of Asheville perfectly. So, there we got ourselves some pizza, which was delicious! I definitely recommend it if you’re ever near one and craving a slice. It’s even good as leftovers.

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After filling up on food, we then walked street to street, popping in various shops, galleries, and book stores. Of course, we didn’t buy anything, but it was fun to look.

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Looking through the galleries reminded me why I do what I do, and why I continue to try to be the best at it. It also reminded me that I should probably start selling prints of my photos. I love creating and I’ll keep doing it for the rest of my life.

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Tomorrow will be our last full day in North Carolina, so we are going to savor it as much as possible. What will we do? That’s still up for debate, but we’ll probably, begrudgingly, start the packing process.

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NC Trip Day Five – The Reason We’re Here

Today, the 28th (although, it’s currently past midnight, so technically yesterday) is the precise reason we’re up here in North Carolina. Today celebrated Sarah and my third wedding anniversary.

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I know, in retrospect, three years doesn’t seem like a big deal, but to us, while it seems like just yesterday we started on this journey, it also feels like we’ve always been together.

I’m going to skip all the mushy stuff, here. I could go on and on about feelings and whatever, but you’re here to read about our trip.

Today had one goal: steak dinner.

We had made reservations at the Sunset Terrace Restaurant at the Grove Park Inn over in Asheville. Quite literally an outdoor dining experience specifically set up to watch the sun go down behind the mountains as you’re eating.

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We both had amazing steaks, I had a couple of the local brews, and we had a wonderful dessert (of course). The only thing that could compare to our meal was the stunning views from my seat. Of course the view of the sunset, but also my beautiful wife who never ceases to take my breath away.

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After our drive home, we popped open a bottle of the same wine that we had the night of our wedding, put on some Top Gear, and talked about the future, which I can’t wait for.

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In other news, I’m very proud to see that David and the gang all got to record an episode of the Attack of the Beards Cast in my absence! I think you probably should listen to it, which you can over at http://attackofthebeards.com

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PS: I’m sorry, but I’m not sorry for all the iPhone photos. If this was any event but my anniversary, I would have shot it with my real camera, but I didn’t want to divert my attention too much from whom really matters, so I only took a couple shots with my iPhone. Maybe next time.

NC Trip – Day Three

Today, we made our way to the Biltmore Estate. They seemed pretty strict about photos and video, but fortunately, I was able to loophole my way into taking all the photos I wanted.

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After touring the mansion and the gardens, we went for dinner at a local BBQ place, which was alright, definitely no Southern Pig & Cattle. I always feel like I’m taking a risk when I’m trying a new food place.

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After we ate, it started pouring down rain. Since it was too much like home, we decided to head back to the cabin and take it easy for the rest of the day.

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