On Friday evening after work we packed up the car with our camping gear and drove 3 and half hours north to Cherokee NC for an impromptu camping trip – I say impromptu because Kathy was running a race on the Saturday morning and I of course had forgotten about it (she runs so many races!). I had also not remembered to go food shopping prior to the weekend and as a result there was a severe lack of food/drink in our cooler. The theme of forgetfulness continued throughout the weekend as we soon realized we’d forgotten to bring a lot of our creature comforts that we normally bring on trips like chairs for beside the fire and books to read late in the evening.
I was thankful that I at least remembered to pack a ton of extra blankets because the nights were cold – I spent the first night drifting in and out of sleep while trying to stay warm, on the second night I wised up and slept in my clothes! This was our first time camping with friends and where we forgot everything they brought the kitchen sink – I have never seen so much food/snacks and accessories while camping before and we balanced each other out perfectly.
The race was an early start on the Saturday and we arrived at the start line in a valley surrounded by foggy mountains while the moon was still high in the sky. Kathy ran off to do her race and Boomer and I hid from the morning chill in the car knitting and people watching.
The rest of the weekend was spent relaxing by the campfire and driving home along the BlueRidgeParkway to watch the fall colours in action. It’s so beautiful up there, every turn in the road is a new wonderful view. We’ve explored so much of the Blue Ridge Parkway now and I loved every bit of it. Last but not least I convinced Kathy to swing by Asheville on the way home so I would go to my “local” yarn shop and buy myself some goodies