Last night we just made a spur of the moment decision that we would wake up and go to the mountains today. We don't have any kids here and we may as well take advantage of that, right?
We hardly ever do anything really spontaneous like that because we always seem to have so much going on here at home, but I'm glad we got to go today. We woke up really early and got on the road so we could have as much time there as possible.
One of the best parts of the whole trip was just riding in the car together! We had our sun roof open and we listened to all our favorite music and just talked the whole way. It seemed like we got up there so fast!
I love the mountains for lots of reasons. First of all, my grandparents lived in the mountains in Franklin, North Carolina. I grew up spending lots of time and many summers there so the mountains just remind me of my childhood. Plus I went to Ridgecrest Baptist Convention Center so many summers growing up. It is in Black Mountain, NC and it was always so much fun spending time there with all my friends from church.
When our kids were really little, we started taking them to Boone and Blowing Rock every year on a family trip in the fall. From there it grew into a yearly trip with two of our neighbors and all their kids. I think we've been going to Boone and Blowing Rock for almost 20 years now. So, needless to say, it holds a special place in our hearts. But really, just getting away from the hustle and bustle of our life here and being somewhere where there is lots of peace and quiet is enough reason to love it!
I have to say that it was a little weird being up there without Laura! She goes to Appalachian State University in Boone so we always see her when we go. We missed her today!
We did some hiking this morning at Linville Falls. It is so pretty with its waterfalls.
Then we hiked up another trail that we love. It overlooks the Blue Ridge Mountains and there is a big rock you can sit on and just enjoy the sunshine and the mountain air.
After that we headed to Blowing Rock for some Woodlands Barbeque! That is a must if you are ever in that area.
And on weekends, they have live music. Today it was bluegrass and we really enjoyed it. These guys were really good!
We walked around the town of Blowing Rock after lunch. It has so many quaint little stores and restaurants that we love. Steve had to stop by Kilwin's Fudge Shop for a little something sweet!
We had planned on staying longer, but a storm was coming. The sky was getting really dark and we were afraid we would get stuck in the rain, so we went ahead and headed back home around 2:30. It's a good thing we did, because on our way home, it poured.
It was such a nice day. I am looking forward to going back this fall when the leaves change and Laura is back!