This past weekend, best friend Boomer and I headed off on a camping trip to Asheville, NC. I knew absolutely nothing about Asheville, where we were going or what we’d be doing other than the fact that best friend wanted to get it a 13.1 mile run in prep for the marathon she’ll be running there in Sept.
Boomer and I thought it would be a great opportunity to prep for our roles as official athletic supporters – which this weekend meant driving to a random road in the middle of Asheville and waving as best friend started running up some mean looking hills. We meandered our way through the streets for a while before heading back to downtown and settling ourselves into a quiet little corner on a restaurant’s patio with some iced coffees to re-read Game of Thrones again.
This camping trip was slightly different from previous ones in that we stayed in a KOA campsite (Kampgrounds of America) rather than in a state park. It was different. Our site itself was fantastic, we got to set up our tent right beside the lake and once the camp fire was up and going it was picture perfect. Without a doubt my favourite site to date.
I mentioned it was different though – it was noisy, super noisy – as in a train ran down the track adjacent to the campgrounds at 1.20am and then again at 5.30. When you’re in a tent it sounds like the train is about to plough right on top of you! Then there were the geese, cute feckers but not so cute when they’re using your campsite as a thoroughfare on their trip between the lake and the river first thing in the morning….Boomer was less than impressed and did his best to scare them away but he was a little less sure when they squawked back at him! Keeping a puppy quiet in a noisy tent can be very tricky but he did better than I expected.
Noise aside the KOA was great, nice facilities and a convenient little shop (oh and they delivered our firewood for us which I thought was awesome).
Asheville itself was a fun vibrant town/city and I could easily see myself living there. They claim to be an extremely dog-friendly city and I have to say I couldn’t agree more, Boomer got to join us for lunch and dinner on Saturday and he was in doggie heaven with all the loves and kisses he was getting from everyone.
On Sunday we packed up early and made our way to Pisagh National Forest. We went to Skinny Dip falls (and nope I didn’t), Sliding Rock – which as the name suggests is a huge slide made of rock that you slide down into an 8ft plunge pool, best friend had a great time at that one while Boomer and I heckled her! – then we headed to Looking Glass Falls which were amazing, especially when a massive thunderstorm rolled in and the heavens opened on us.
We ended up back in the car dripping wet, having to change our clothes in the car and try dry Boomer with a towel before we could head home. He was so tired, wet and shivery after the thunderstorm that he rode the whole way home curled up on my knee asleep as we drove through the worst thunderstorm I’ve ever experienced.
A rainy afternoon aside Asheville was an absolute blast! We’re already making plans to return soon, best friend wants to run more hills and I want to visit the forests where the Hunger Games was filmed!