Go West Travel Journal, Day #2 10/13/17 WNC-NGA
We were not expected in the Nashville area until Saturday, so we had another day and night to play with. We wanted to keep our driving distances as short as possible, being able to have time to hike and explore each stop along the way. We left Standing Indian, after a good hike and exercise for the puppies, and headed to my dear friend, Suzanne’s mountain home in Blue Ridge, GA. We had boondocked there before coming or going from Sapphire, but had not ever walked around the town of Blue Ridge.
We arrived in Blue Ridge in the afternoon and weren’t meeting Suzanne and Co. until that evening for dinner. We strolled through town with the puppies, had a snack, bought some gifts to take to my friend in Nashville and my dad and family in Memphis, and listened to a rockin’ street performer, who was a fabulous blues man.
It was the weekend of the Blue Ridge Fall Arts in the Park Festival. The town was bustling and so crowded. I believe all of Atlanta had emptied out and come to the mountains for leaf changing and the festival.
After an afternoon of walking around in town, we met Suzanne and a large group of Greenville, SC (our former hometown), Atlanta, and Blue Ridge friends for dinner at the Black Sheep Restaurant downtown. It was the perfect gathering spot for our band of black and tie dyed sheep. We had a table outside on the patio. It was a fabulous evening with a super fun group of people and a delicious meal. I was the designated driver and drove a rowdy group in Suzanne’s SUV from the restaurant, through the mountains, back to her house. Wiley rode with a wild woman in her convertible and was lucky to arrive alive. The party continued back at the house. It was a great evening and a really nice sendoff for us.
We got up, said our goodbyes, and hit the road early the next morning, heading to Thompson Station, TN, just outside Nashville, where my childhood friend, since first grade, Beth lives. Couldn’t wait to see her and her family and catch up. This TN girl was returning to her home state. It had been a long time. TN Bound!