Field Trips, Travel

Asheville, NC

We just got back from a last minute trip to North Carolina. Anthony has a goal to hit all 50 states high points and North Carolina’s was closed last time he was there, so we decided the day before to take a trip out there for the 4th of July weekend. I’d been wanting to go to Asheville anyway, so we headed out there Thursday afternoon.

Our boys love camping more than anything, as soon as we set up the tent they’re inside wrestling with each other and jumping around on the beds squealing like wild animals. And of course they love dirt, so they spent a fair amount of time digging and chasing fireflies.

We toured the Biltmore Estate- an impressive mansion with 250 rooms and beautiful gardens. It’s in such a beautiful setting too, there’s 200 acres of rolling hills and forest. We also did the trolley tour of Asheville. It’s such a cute town, I love all the old houses, the architecture is just beautiful. Next we went to Chimney Rock Park and the real reason we came- Mt. Mitchell. Mt. Mitchell’s the highest point in the U.S. East of the Mississippi and we were fortunate to have such a clear day, we could see for miles. It was so beautiful on top. It reminded me a lot of Germany, so green with lakes and mountains as far as you can see. This part of the state is just so beautiful, it was wonderful to be in the mountains again.

On our way home we stopped at the Ghost Town in the Sky. We rode the chairlift to the top of the mountain where they have a cool old fashioned ghost town. We got there just in time for the gunfight- I didn’t realize they were going to use real guns, it was quite impressive although Ethan was scared to death by the gunshots. It’s a pretty fun amusement park though, quite creative and can’t beat the views.

Of course clumsy Joshua had to hurt himself on our last day. We were eating breakfast at this cute little cafe next to a creek. The boys were running back and forth across the bridge while we waited for our food, and Joshua tripped and landed right on his nose and forhead, his nose is swelled up and got a nice goose egg between his eyes, the exact wound he just healed from a week ago. We really need a helmet for the poor clumsy baby.

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2 thoughts on “Asheville, NC”

  1. Sounds like fun! Glad you got to go on a trip – especially with a new baby coming and to some mountains!!! (: I'm jealous you got to the Bilmore Estate – I've just heard about it – I have old college friends that live close to there. . . . I need to go visit them!

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