We’ve been on a bit of a hiatus lately and I apologize for that! We’ve been planning (and taking) some trips and they became the priority for a while.
Last weekend, we left Moby and Boney in the comfort of our home while we headed to Asheville, NC for a weekend of fun! Grandma came over to check on them, feed them and make sure they had lots of treats while we were away (Thanks, Grandma!).
We got to Asheville early Friday afternoon and made a quick stop at the gun range for Joe to check in – he was there for the North Carolina State Silhouette Championship. Then we got back in the car and went to see our friends, Erin,Greg and Petunia (you may remember that Greg and Erin watched Moby shortly after we got him and had a trip planned). They recently moved to Asheville, so we had a place to stay and our very own guides!
Friday afternoon, Joe, Erin and I headed to Pisgah National Forest to hike to John’s Rock. We underestimated the time and effort it would take us, and ended up hiking for 2.5 hours. The views at the top were totally worth it though. The pictures are nice, but don’t do it justice.
After the hike, we were able to eat the calories burned (and then some!) at an amazing restaurant called Nine Mile, just down the road from their house.
On Saturday, Joe got up early to head to his competition and Erin, Greg and I headed to the French Broad for a rafting trip. The weather was a bit chilly in the morning, but once on the river, the sun came out and it ended up being a beautiful day. We rafted about 9 miles on the river and went over some good rapids! We had a great time, but were cold, wet and exhausted by the time we got home. Joe won 2nd in his division (AAA) on Saturday, so he was pretty happy too!
Petunia was happy to have us all home after we had been gone for the day as well.
After a quick nap by all, we ventured downtown for some drinks at a few local places and dinner at Farm Burger.
Sunday was another early rise day for Joe as he headed to the second day of his competition. Erin and I took it easy and left for Dupont State Forest mid morning. There is a combination of gravel service roads and trails and we took in both in order to see as much as we could (including 4 waterfalls!). A couple of the waterfalls were drier than normal and we were able to get up pretty close to them.
We would have spent all day at DuPont hiking, but had to get back to Asheville to go for a PubCycle tour!
After the pubcycle we ate dinner at Tupelo Honey Cafe – if you are ever near one of these, we both highly recommend it. The food was phenomenal and our service was the best we’ve had in a while! And after that, we went to the Moonshine Bar to try out some craft cocktails.
Monday morning came too soon. We went to Biscuithead for breakfast and then packed up and said goodbye. There is so much to experience in Asheville, we can’t wait to go back!
After a 6 hour drive home, we were excited to see our boys and relax with them!