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 Four

This evening’s update on our trip will probably be the most boring, at least to you folks at home. You’re probably just getting settled in after a long day working, just hoping for a glimpse at what the world outside of your own has to offer. Sadly, though, I do not have any photos or videos to offer you today.

Today (and tomorrow, for that matter) has been the absolute essence of what this trip is all about: relaxing and spending time with Sarah.

Because of all the walking and hiking that we’ve been up to as of late, we decided that today would be a good day to give our legs a rest, and just stay in. We watched the rest of season three of Bojack Horseman, and a couple Louis C.K. stand-up specials. Then, we drove into Burnsville and picked up some more milk and some lettuce from the local Ingles for dinner tonight.

I’ve been doing my best to avoid as much of the news on the presidential debates as possible, but of course it’s inevitable. The thing that I’m completely flabbergasted by is that people are actually believing the theory that the bulge in the back of Hillary’s outfit was an earpiece or a “cough-prevention” device. Clearly these conspiracy theorists never even payed attention, and completely missed the lapel mics that both candidates were wearing to reinforce the podium mics, which are awful half the time, so let’s face it, wireless lav mics are the way to go, unless you want some poor guy holding a boom mic above them for the entire duration of the debate.

I’m not one for politics, especially the circus which is the presidential election, so I’m going to stay out of it further unless something completely ridiculous like this happens again.

Anyhow, back to the real world; tomorrow is Sarah and my third anniversary. We have a reservation at a (fairly) fancy restaurant for dinner. It will be another calm and relaxing day. We will probably go for a quick drive, and just spend some time reminiscing in the past five years of our relationship. I’ll probably have another wordy post for you tomorrow.

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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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NC Trip – Day Two

Today was a little more rough on our bodies than yesterday. First, not only did we take the walk up to the top of Mount Mitchell, but we also did the three mile hike to Mount Craig and back.

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By the time we reached Craig, we were definitely tired. Somehow, there was a man who was actually running the trail. Crazy! He was nice enough to take a photo of Sarah and I, and I took one of him in return. He said that he’s lived here for three years and had not ever been on the trail before.

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On our way back, another lone hiker asked if she could join us on the way back. We all talked about various things, especially mushrooms. Apparently, there’s a type of mushroom that actually lactates, crazy! Unfortunately, she couldn’t find an example on the trail to show us, but it definitely made for good conversation and helped make the hike back go by faster.

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By the time we got to the trailhead, we were starving, and got in the car and drove to the little restaurant in the park. There, we both went simple and had burgers, and watched as the clouds rolled over the mountains.

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NC Trip Day One

We’ve been planning this trip for years, now. I literally mean years. Sarah and I started dating five years ago, and we eventually wanted to go to North Carolina for our honeymoon. Well, this year, as we celebrate our 3rd anniversary, we’ve finally made it our little cabin in the woods.

After our 9 hour drive, we made it, and immediately slept in until about noon today. Once we got moving about we laced up our hiking boots and headed for Roaring Fork Falls.

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It was a nice little hike that we both enjoyed, and definitely got us ready for the rest of the adventures that are ahead of us for the next few days. From a photo gear standpoint, I’m glad I brought the Fujifilm X-T2 along. With its compact and light weight body and incredible image quality, it’s the best camera I’ve ever had on a hike.