We are wrapping up the first leg of our summer adventures in the next 24 hours. The boys have spent the last week getting reacquainted with their cousin, swimming, mowing lawns, and spending time with family in Maine. It is always such sweet time and I wish we could have been a part of it. But man did we need this last week. I think we have finally made up for all the lost sleep during the two weeks leading up to the wedding.
Charlie’s Aunt and Uncle gifted us a week in one of their cabins in the Smoky Mountains. If you ever need a getaway you should really look them up here. They have a bed and breakfast they run on their own property but also own a series of beautiful cabins tucked deep in the woods. We got a chance to join them for breakfast at the B&B and can testify that it is worth every penny.
We had the cabin furthest out, which made for some fun driving in our rental mini-van. I am already learning to trust my new husband’s driving on two-way/one lane roads. The cabin had a two person jacuzzi and a hot tub. We made good use of both. We watched the sun set and saw the early morning light from that hot tub. It was perfect after a long day of hiking or after a long day of go-kart racing (both activities seemed to make me equally sore).
While in Tennessee we have been able to enjoy the peace and quiet of the cabin, the beauty of the local hiking trails, and the craziness of the tourist towns. We even took a drive to Asheville, NC to see if we thought they measured up to Fort Collins as a beer town. If I had to live in the South again, Asheville would be at the top of my list. It was a fun town, full of super friendly people, and really good beer! It still isn’t Colorado, but definitely worth the trip. We hit Green Man Brewery, Twin Leaf Brewery, Wicked Weed Funkatorium (all Saisons and Sours… so my favorite), and One World Brewery. A big thanks to Charlie’s cousin, who sent us a list of her favorites.
Our favorite hiking was the 8.7 mile out and back hike we took on the Appalachian Trail to see Charlie’s Bunion (or as Charlie liked to call it “My bunion”). It was 20 years ago that I hiked this section on my thru-hike. My sister joined me in the Smokies back in 1997 and it was sweet to be back. The bunion was worth the trip out. Beautiful views of the valley and the clouds that had formed, parted just in time. We also want to add that there was a group of 30+ teenagers hiking in a long chain and we blew past them and left them in our dust! We earned the hot tub that day.
We are off to Boston this afternoon, to spend 24 hours in the city Josiah was born in. That might be worth its own blog update. And then…. tomorrow evening we get on a plane to Paris with the boys!!!