Blue Ridge Parkway

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Tomorrow we leave for Virginia for a week to visit some of Jordan’s family.  I am finally starting to find my way around Asheville and Hendersonville, its a lot of getting lost, missing a road sign and having to call someone with GPS.   Today I finally made my way around with out any of these backups its a bit slower going and can certainly get frustrating at times yet it becomes rather rewarding when you can start learning the basics getting where you need to be.  If I had more time I would certainly take the time to meander my way through more back roads.

 I have learned that most roads do lead home some way or another.  I do get lost but I have never gotten so lost to the point of not finding my way back.

Over the weekend Jordan I decided to go see what all the fuss was about with The Blue Ridge Parkway.  The highway travels along The Great Smoky Mountains between a few states and in and out of state forests, parks and such.

On Saturday we headed towards Brevard, NC the start of the Blue Ridge Parkway and the spot for all outdoor activity.   To get to the Parkway you drive into Pisgah National Forest driving past many waterfalls.  We stopped quickly at Looking Glass Falls off the side of the road with plenty of parking and a small sidewalk and and stairs that lead down to the bottom of the falls if you so desire.  We then made our way a mile up the road to Moore Cove Falls for a short, inter-mediate hike to Moore Cove Falls.

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Spring time is the best time for the falls though we rather enjoyed the hike and being in nature.

Saturday Night we parked closer to town, went grocery shopping at a local organic store, checked hikes on the parkway and bedded down early.

Sunday morning we got up went for coffee at a local coffee shop that was a dual bike shop. Brevard is the place for mountain biking and they seem to really like their Specialized bikes.

We drove back into Pisgah National Forest to pickup the Parkway. We drove about 40 mins or so to The Mount Pisgah Trail. 14963603_1158808650877002_98309005_o

The trail itself is 2.5 miles round steep and a scramble up rocks, roots and leaves.  To be honest I am surprised and impressed with the trails out here. They are well kept and a good width for people to pass and walk beside.

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After finally making our way up and being disappointed there were no Tibetan Monks at the top to greet and bless us we were greeted with views over the whole valley on either side of us and more rolling mountain views.

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though we didn’t find monks at the top we did meet some amazingly silly women at the top who did greet us and cheer us for finishing.  We were all able to take each others pictures and have some great conversations.  They had an enjoyable time teasing Jordan and I.

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We ended up getting a group shot, sadly we don’t have it.

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On the way way down Jordan and I tried coming up with a good trail nickname for them. Something fondly for us to remember.  I thought they were a hoot and lovingly refer to them as The Cackling Sisters.  Everyone needs a good trail name.

I know for myself that the whole point of traveling is to get me out of my comfort zone, meeting new people and starting new conversations.  About whatever, new ways of living, sustainable living, learning and discovering how others live.  I want to experience nature and to also meet people.   I have this theory that we’re all not that different from one another.  I want to find out if this theory is true.

I just have faith in humanity, more than what I even believe I have.  There is always so much nay sayers and so much put up against one another in media.  I believe that is false, I believe there really is more good in the world, in humanity.  

I am on this journey to find out.

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with love,

jess

 

 

Exploring Asheville

I have been looking forward to exploring Asheville, NC since Kelsey and Marcus moved out here.  There is so much to do and see and oh my to eat and drink as well.  I won’t lie this post is going to be heavy on the drink side with a side of food.

Saturday morning Marcus and Kelsey took us to Biscuit Head for brunch in West Asheville  Ummm, yum can I just say southern comfort breakfast on a trip.  The line was out the door when we got there yet went fairly quickly.  You order first and then pick a seat.  Coffee and mimosa with biscuits.  I had the Asheville Benedict Biscuit with a side of multiple house made jams……

After brunch we headed over to the Funkatorium that is the funky/sour side of wicked weed.  Its the place for sours and farm house beers.  Since it was a Saturday I got the pre-picked flight then I got a half pour of the Recurrent. I could do a whole glass of their Recurrent.

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Two of my friends out here work at breweries and Jordan and I were lucky enough to get a full scope brewery tour at New Belgium last Saturday night during all the halloween festivities.   New Belgium is a big deal and if you are a beer drinker in the craft world I am sure you already know this.  We had a great time playing ping pong, our beers and enjoying the fall weather.  It was packed in and out with a few food trucks and everyone in costume and lots of people out on their bikes.

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Kelsey also took me out to White Duck Taco in Asheville.  Thankfully they have several locations for your cravings in Asheville just in case you have a hankering for their mushroom and potato taco and side of their tortilla chips and three pick salsa.  I might have gone a second time when I had the little ones and took Aspen and I out for lunch.

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I have also gotten a chance to go to one of the best fancy chocolates in town at French Broad Chocolates and yes, I have gone three times so far.  With a stash of chocolates in the fridge.  🙂

With the group of us Jordan and I went into Asheville to go listen to a live band, El Ten Eleven at The Orange Peel.  Its a good size music venue with plenty of taps for your thirst quenchers and plenty of micro brews for your curiosity.  It is also thankfully right next door to Wicked Weed and we were able to grab some food and a beer before going in.  I had their Candy Roaster two nights in a row.  Its their version of a pumpkin spice but more fall and easier to drink for the non pumpkin drinkers.

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I have been lucky enough to walk around with the girls all day in and out of the nook and cronies of downtown Asheville.  Thankfully Jordan and I got to explore a few blocks together for a date night ourselves in town.  Which yes we did Wicked Weed and French Broad Chocolates together.

And yes, I am enjoying my time of exploring……

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with love,

jess