I had been looking forward to this trip since I moved to North Carolina. The trees on the east coast are famously gorgeous during the fall. Taking a small break from work, life, and the weather of home, we drove several hours to the mountains. The air is fresh and crisp. The leaves were turning and the views were stunning. The day we left it was raining, but the clouds and fog in the mountains made that okay.
Here’s a road trip tip. If you find yourself driving through the mountains while it is foggy, listen to “Once Upon a Dream” by Lana Del Rey from “Maleficent.” It is appropriately creepy.
We rented a cute little place through Airbnb, which I would highly recommend. There are a lot of affordable and fun options for pretty much anywhere in the world. I know people who have traveled Europe and went Airbnb the whole way.
By the way, this is not sponsored. I’m just saying.
My room was so tiny and hilarious. I loved it.
The owner of the cabin seemed to love horses. Literally everything was horse themed, even the movie selections.
On the morning of our second day, Jon visited the neighbor to ask about the area and came back with the best news ever. The Appalachian Trail was just a couple miles down the road. I will post about that hike and amazing life experience later so that I can properly share the photos. This photo of Jon and Coco is just a teaser. I am itching to go back. Maybe I can live on the trail? Anyone with me?
Coco survived the first hike of her life. She thought it was the greatest thing ever, but wasn’t so sure about getting her feet cleaned before getting back in the car.
After hiking we drove into town. Waynesville, North Carolina is beautiful and their downtown is picturesque. We visited the classic and necessary tourist trap–the Mast General Store, followed by a dog shop, a Christmas store, and some antique window shopping. We decided to stop and have Thai food for dinner. It was delicious and extremely satisfying, especially after our hike.
Being people who like to make the most out of every second of vacation, after dinner we had a fire. It took over half an hour to get the blaze going due to very damp wood, but Jon refused to quit. What a Man.
My first attempt at a star photo. Space is pretty nuts. I have decided that I want to be an astronaut when I grow up.
The next morning we got up before six am and climbed a mountain in the dark so that we could watch sunrise from the summit of Max Patch. This is a bucket list item I didn’t even know I would have. I am still in awe of this experience. I will post separately about it to share more photos and thoughts.
I can’t even begin to explain how amazing our weekend was. Just three short days in the mountains is enough to give you a new, refreshed view on life. I’m excited to share a couple more posts with you. Here’s to hoping you all are having amazing Novembers!
Until next time,