Friday, March 25, 2005

There and Back Again

Vacation is awesome. Everybody should have one at least every now and then. We got to spend four wonderful days in a mountain inn above Asheville. Sure, you western people out there may not think of 3,000 feet as a real mountain, but that means something in the east. A lot of our time was spent doing nothing, which was the goal. But we also spent some time milling about downtown Asheville. What is it about mountain places that makes them a draw for hippies? Hippies all over the freakin' place. Whatever.

Of course, being Asheville, we had to spend a day at the Biltmore Estate. Ordinarily I'm not that into taking tours of other people's homes, but this thing really is impressive. Not only is the house huge (our house, which is not tiny, fits inside the "library"), but the guy owned everything within sight. Keep in mind that he could see Mt. Pisgah 19 miles away. Damn impressive. Capitalism rocks.

Unfortunately the Blue Ridge Parkway was mostly closed due to some recent landslides as well as the remnants of winter weather at the higher elevations. So seeing Mt. Mitchell up close was out of the question. But dammit, we weren't going to drive that area and have our only view of "big mountains" be from I-40, so we drove right through the middle and top of the Smokies on US 441 on the way back. Outstanding views and got some great pictures that hopefully will make it up soon. This was my first trip through that area and I was pleasantly surprised, probably because it is not peak season yet. I have always heard that it is a nightmare to drive that road because it is absolutely covered in tourists driving 20mph. And on the Tennessee side, between the state line and Gatlinburg that was largely the case. What was nice was the North Carolina side, between the park entrance and the state line. Much less crowded. We were able to get off the road and hike a trail or two and actually be the only two people around. Also got some nice pictures of that, that hopefully can make it up soon. Thanks to the modern technology of a bigger memory card, we were able to take hundreds of pictures of mountains, mountains in the distance, mountains with sky in the background, waterfalls, rocks in the waterfall, waterfalls in the shade, etc, etc, I think you get the point that we went overboard taking pictures of everything in sight. Multiple times in some cases, just in case the sun had changed 30 seconds later. Dangers of technology.


Blogger Carrie said...

are you and heather in any of these alleged pictures?

6:59 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

Yes. Rarely together however. The one that would have had mountains in the background actually has only our heads because it was taken by holding the camera at arm's length. And another of us together is in front of Biltmore. All the rest are of us individually with some sort of scenery in the background. I'm actually leaving on another trip to Alabama this morning, so it will be some time before I get anything up.

9:35 AM  
Blogger Claudia said...

Sounds like you guys had a good time; you definitely deserved it. Looking forward to seeing some pictures.

11:54 PM  
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