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Sapphire, Asheville, Brevard, Asheville, Sapphire, & Summerville, SC 5/25-28/18

Really? You ask yourself upon reading the title of this post. Yes, really. This is the story of my life, except for the new addition of Summerville, this go around. Busy Memorial Day weekend, lots of driving and rain, but lots of fun! After driving back and forth to Brevard all week, taking care of a dear friend, who had retinal surgery, I drove my car to Asheville Friday to get a jump on moving Miles out of the dorm before Saturday’s pick up after graduation. Upon arrival, Miles insisted we drive across town to Moe’s to eat. Afterward, we packed up his room and I headed back towards Brevard to meet Wiley and the puppies in Happy at Hollywood. We boondocked at Hollywood for the night to enjoy White Squirrel Festival in downtown Brevard with Holly, her children, and her sister, Kristi. We ate dinner from the Oskar Blues Chub Wagon and listened to some great music outdoors on Main St. It was a lovely evening with only a few sprinkles, thank goodness.

Saturday, we met Holly & Co. at Mayberry’s in Brevard for breakfast. We sat outside with the puppies, which was nice. Mayberry’s is our breakfast/brunch spot downtown. They have these insane waffle or pancake breakfast sandwiches with eggs, cheese, and sausage or bacon. Once every 6mos, we’d treat ourselves to one, but now we are on a gluten free/low FODMAP diet for Wiley’s IBS, so we got a yummy scramble bowl without the evil cheese, mushroom, or onion. We are adapting.

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Greenville, Rained Out Camping Bee Weekend, Another Staycation in Sapphire…5/17-20/18

We boondocked in the in-laws driveway in Greenville Thursday night after going to a belated Mother’s Day dinner with Wiley Sr, Jolene, and Wiley III at Portofinos, a Wimberly family favorite. Our plans for the weekend were to take Bee camping at Curtis Creek Campground in Pisgah National Forest in Old Fort, NC, to hike from the campground, and to visit Catawba Falls nearby on the way in or out. Sadly, with an entire weekend of rain forecasted, we opted to pick Bee up and bring her home to Sapphire. She was more than happy with that, so excited about coming to the mountains she loves to explore and play with all her toys at Mimi (me) and Pop’s (Wiley).

With breaks in the rain Friday and Saturday, we made the most of our time with Bee, exploring in the neighborhood and nearby areas. We got rained on, but that didn’t dampen our spirits or our sense of adventure. Friday early evening, during a brief pause in the rain, we drove the golf cart down to Miller Park to check out the river and falls flow from all the rain. We could not go past the bottom step at the falls, because the water was so high. Bee was disappointed that we could not swim and play, but it was too rough. Told her we’d try again over the next couple of days.

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Mother’s Day Weekend Mountain Staycation 5/11-13/18

We were supposed to spend 5/11-13 at Thunder Rock Campground in Copperhill, TN 1.8 miles from the Ocoee Whitewater Center. We had been looking forward to exploring this area that we had only ever driven through in the past. There was to be good hiking right from the campground. Sadly, upon hearing the 90 degree weather forecast for the weekend, we cancelled, deciding to stay home, where it was going to be in the 70’s. We do not like to run the A/C in Happy, because of the noise. We prefer staying where it’s cool at higher elevations, where we can have the widows open to enjoy fresh air, not have noisy A/C. That being said, when you’re lucky enough to live in the Sapphire, NC, staying home is not a bad thing, but instead a chance to explore our own area, where we have only scratched the surface since moving here in summer 2016, because we are always traveling.

Saturday, we did a fabulous hike with our fur babies. We discovered a treasure hidden in plain sight, only 5min from home. Just South of Gorges State Park, there is a trailhead at Brewer Rd and Hwy 281 that takes you to a series of 10+ waterfalls on the Thompson River, which drops into Lake Jocassee.

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Black Rock Mountain State Park, GA 5/4-6/18

What a perfect spring camping weekend at Black Rock Mountain, Georgia’s highest elevation State Park. Only a little over an hour from Sapphire, but a new adventure for us. We fell in love with it! It’s absolutely gorgeous!

Took a short hike from the campground to Ada-HI Falls & Norma Campbell Cove. Did the tougher (elevation wise) 3mi Tennessee Rock Trail from the CG, then drove to do the Black Rock Lake Loop on our way out Sunday. Wiley loved making a canjo on Saturday morning at the Ranger led activity. The staff was super nice!

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Brevard 4/27-29/18

Took a 30 minute trek down the mountain to Brevard for the weekend. Friday was a beautiful night for my HMH jewelry’s Brevard premiere at the Color Wheel Gallery’s Grand Opening and Artist Reception. We had a great turn out, funky tunes, and delectable food. Thank you, HMH friend, Joy for the lovely pictures of the evening!

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