After scrambling at the last minute to find somewhere to stay for the weekend, our plans were further thwarted when moments before we arrived at the campsite it began lashing rain. We had our pick of campsites along the river, and hastily threw the tent up while getting soaked to the skin. In our hurry to pack up we’d forgotten to bring milk and matches…. so no cup of tea before bed.
Kathy got up early on Saturday morning and headed off to her race while Boomer and I sat and watched the rain from inside the tent, only venturing out for bathroom breaks during the moments when it eased off momentarily. Camping is wonderful, camping in the sunshine while toasting marshmallows over the fire is wonderful….camping in the rain, in the middle of nowhere with nothing but a book and a wet puppy for company is a little less than wonderful! However, I was really happy and surprised when I realised how cheap the campsite was for the weekend, I think we'll come back and stay again on a warmer sunnnier weekend.
Thankfully the rain eased up the following day and we were able to head off to see Linville Falls. The dull grey skies and heavy fog gave it an almost eerie isolated feeling but they also resulted in dull photos – this looks way better in person trust me.
We finished the trip with a stop off from lunch in Asheville, which is a city I feel like I should be living in , I love the vibe of the people and the vibrant downtown area – I really miss having a downtown/city centre to go to; Columbia has nothing even close to a downtown. Boomer loved the fact that the shops not only supply water for dogs but this one even had dog treats too!
I found this amazing chocolate shop called Chocolate Fetish which made the most delicious chocolate cashew frogs….mhhh I’d go back just for those – and best of all I managed to grab a few moments to myself in one of the local yarn shops and I splurged on yarn for my next project. I’ll share photos of that tomorrow!
The trip ended a lot better than it began, but I can’t complain…..rain or shine it’s still fun to head off, leave town and experience new things.