Asheville is very...how would I explain it...eclectic? weird? mountainy?
It's hard to put your finger on it, but whatever it is...I feel lucky to live here. Ya, banjos and bib overalls are the norm and sweet tea runs in the drinking fountains, but in all it's quirkiness, its a gem in a mountain range.
Take last weekend for example...Saturday we headed out to the mountains to hike. We hiked, then we decided we were only a few miles from Sliding Rock, which is supposedly super cool...a natural waterslide of sorts.
This sucker was crazy! Sophie was too little but Jarrod and the boys rocked some Sliding Rock. (please excuse the pictures...all phone and far distances)
The bottom was 8' deep and the water moved FAST! Jack went once and we decided it was too dangerous for him to go again. He was fine with that decision.
So, that was a big check off the ol' summer list...
And speaking of check marks off the summer list...yesterday we checked one off mine. Bele Chere festival. Streets full of delicious food, vendors selling their pottery, clothes, and jewelry, people watching is always a treat downtown, bands performing...specifically Brandi Carlile. It was a check mark in the making.
It was hot, but not unbearable, and the horrific crowds that everyone talked about weren't really all that bad. We walked around, saw the sights, ate great food.
The concert was phenom! I've seen Brandi play before...she's so uber talented you can't go just once. I was all freaked out that we wouldn't get good seats (aka: our legs...standing room only). I'm totally freakish about general admission...like, I wanna be in the front...doesn't matter what the event is; church, Brandi Carlile, or Barney and Friends...mama wants to see what brand of jeans they're wearing. I wanna be close. So I was worried there'd be a million crazy people thinking the same thing...and there eventually was, but being just a little early landed us right in front.
Ya, pretty awesome.
I mean really...we were close.
Bele Chere was a must-see. Where else would I have seen a Brandi show, eaten fried Twinkies (which I didn't, but I so could have), listened to Blue Grass, and saw a girl/statue person playing the drums in the street?
Can't think of anything?
Life always changes, who knows how long we'll get to live here. But you can bet we're gonna soak up as much as we can while we ARE here...one weekend at a time. I feel lucky to explore this place.
At noon today the kids and I are loading a plane to our first home: South Dakota. We'll be gone for 11 whole days. We've got a full roster. We're so excited to get so spend some quality time with our lovies.
I do have a few posts planned for this week though...
Also, you can follow me on instagram @aliciaahutchinson too...I might need some encouragement while I'm going through withdraws from Lost. And a plane is not where you want to be when you're addicted to Lost.
Wish me luck without Lost ;)