Now the funny part of the trip was mixed in with so much beauty, lush green mountains and earthy residents was your good ol' boy drivin his BIG TRUK! We didnt see much of that but boy did the 3 of us have a LAUGH OUT LOUD moment when we pulled up behind this here "Red Neck". Loved it!
This is some of the incredible architecture from the view of a little roof top bar called "Sky Bar"......all this bar was really was a few chairs on a fire escape! Ben & Mel need to write a book on "How 2 experience Asheville in 5 days or less!" Everywhere we went was like a secret little hideaway no one else in the world knew about except them. Thats a lie but I liked believing it :-)
The Willems at "SKY BAR"
Okay....so heres where that saying "Be careful what you ask for" comes into play. I wanted to go on a hike while on my vacation right? HA! Holy Mary Mother of GOD did we go on a hike! We hiked MONTREAT. Its a beautiful college that just so happens to have a big fu**in' mountain to hike attached to it!
Yes, youre reading those numbers on the tree correctly. 3760 ft of hiking to be exact! Straight up! Not so great after a day and night which consisted of beers while watching European Soccer (sorry Ben, his Dutch team lost), followed by a stroll over to the SKY Bar for a martini, then popping by a friends wine bar for a glass of wine/champagne, then back home for more wine! Lord have mercy on my poor liver!
The next day we went to the Biltmore Estate for an amazing wine tasting (yes, mom, I bought wine for us so come over for some and I'll make snacks!) The Biltmore is truly a slice of heaven. Its just gorgeous. Filled with acres and acres of gardens and land and magical drives through a life of grandure in the 1900's.
I loved this shot I captured as we were driving thru town. Artists do renderings on almost all of the buildings in Asheville. This one really caught my eye as something special. We had a wonderful time and Ben & Mel were amazing hosts. I got a chance to take a step back and enjoy the pampering of friends and really see how people live day to day in Asheville, NC. We did so much I didnt want to post 80, yes, 80 pictures, so if you want to see more just let me know and I will email you a link to kodak.com for you to view. WOW, rested...................this sure feels good. Thank you my little Willems family.........Ben, Mel, Shelbs, Birchie (my new boyfriend) and Motor. You guys really went out of your way. Now its your turn! CYA in Cali next time. Lots of Love, ANG
ps. I really missed Keir, my family, friends and my little kitties so everyone will have to prepare for some smotherin'