It's not often that we can drop our kids off with the grandparents and have a weekend to ourselves, but Zach and I have an occasion to celebrate- 10 years of marriage. Our actual anniversary isn't until May, but we have that academic schedule to work around, so March was a better time to skip town. And on a budget, we couldn't go out west like we love to do... We DID go west... but just a little west :). The mountains of NC are gorgeous... not as huge and majestic as the Rockies, but the Blue Ridge Mountains are really stunning in their own way. LOTS of amazing hikes in the area, and SO much good food! We hadn't extensively explored Asheville before, so this was the perfect time.
|We hiked about 4 miles up near Montreat, even though the forecast was for lots of rain. Who lets a little rain stop them?|
|It was raining here... but then it started pouring, and we still had 2.5 miles to go... yay for rain coats!|
|Done with the hike and drying off... we went to "Lake Susan" in Montreat, an old favorite of ours! We used to come here with our youth group kids when we worked with middle and high school students at our church in college.|
|view of the Blue Ridge Mountains from our hotel room at the Biltmore|
|This is the French Broad River|
|NC Mountains CAN be pretty big!|
|we were a little over 6000 feet... not bad for the east coast|
|after lots of hiking and eating and going to breweries, we spent our last morning at the Biltmore Estate... it's tulip season!|
|everyone should see this house in person at some point in your life... incredible! I used to sing here at Christmas in my high school ensemble... beautiful memories.|
Okay, enough blogging... gotta run. visit Asheville someday if you can! It's a great little city, and Hunger Games is filmed in these good ol' NC mountains :). Have a great week... happy Spring!