{Asheville} North Carolina

Wednesday, October 03, 2012






















Last week Tim and I flew to Louisville to meet up with our friends Ben & Molls. We stopped in Lexington for dinner then drove 5 hours until we reached the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina. After listening to this song we set up camp, drank Punkin Ale at 3am, and stayed warm by the fire talking until almost sunrise. It was perfect.

Exhaustion forced the four of us to retire into our cozy tent, and by mid-morning the boys had already caught a wild brown trout on the South Mills River. Molls and I cooked a celebratory breakfast of campfire coffee {thank you Sunergos}, pancakes, and bacon. We ate like kings. The next two days were packed with fishing, hiking, and more amazing backcountry food {Moll's spoiled us with roasted potatoes, homemade pickles for our burgers, and breakfast toast with butter and homemade jam. Yep. The shiz}.

On our way to the cabin we stopped at Looking Glass Falls, caught rainbows on the Davidson, and got cleaned up before stopping at The Chocolate Lounge to have dessert before dinner. Wow. Best decision ever. In fact, over the next 28 we went back 4 times to bathe in their chocolaty goodness. {Favorites included: liquid truffle, coffee macaroon, lavender honey truffle, chai ice cream & carrot cake}.

While in Asheville Tim interviewed for a job and we further explored the city, drooling over everything at Mast General Store. We also had an amazing breakfast at Early Girl Cafe and later enjoyed blueberry chipotle wibs and pulled pork at 12 Bones Smokehouse.

Perhaps my favorite memory was watching Benj and Molls both land 15" wild rainbows on the Davidson after sunset. So impressed by those two! We celebrated at the Thirsty Monk unshowered, still covered in mud and wet from the river. A perfect evening.

The next morning we headed back to Louisville and enjoyed blueberry scones and pumpkin lattes at Dripolator. We also had just enough time to stuff our bocas with pizza and PBR at Papalino's before almost missing our flight. Yep. We were that couple rushing through the airport praying American would have mercy on our souls as we dodged people standing in the middle of the moving sidewalk.

Overall, this trip left Tim and I feeling incredibly grateful. For those of you who are married I know you understand the rare gift of finding another couple that both you and your spouse connect well with. Once you do, I encourage you to travel together knowing that shared adventures are better than moon shadows in the Blue Ridge Mountains and Punkin Ale at 3am. Friends are the family you choose.
We. are. spoiled.

{Ps- to see more photos of our trip go here}.

14 comments:

Robyn said...

i love the fact you took your coffee grinder camping-you have SO got your priorities in the right order!

Ellie Brown said...

I read your blog daily (for about two years now) but have never commented before. But I feel I must because I grew up going to Brevard (right outside of Asheville) every summer. My grandparents have a house there and it is my favorite place on earth. My husband and I went a month ago and he took his first fly fishing lesson on the Davidson. We also go see Looking Glass Falls every time we are there. Sounds like y'all did some of my favorite things! Good luck to Tim for the potential job! Y'all have been a great example for a newlywed couple!

Ellie Brown said...

I read your blog daily (for about two years now) but have never commented before. But I feel I must because I grew up going to Brevard (right outside of Asheville) every summer. My grandparents have a house there and it is my favorite place on earth. My husband and I went a month ago and he took his first fly fishing lesson on the Davidson. We also go see Looking Glass Falls every time we are there. Sounds like y'all did some of my favorite things! Good luck to Tim for the potential job! Y'all have been a great example for a newlywed couple!

Molly Roberson said...

WOWOWOWOW!!!! So much goodness. This was the best trip sweet Em! Thankful for you.

Dana Lauren said...

Thank you for the inspiration! My boyfriend and I am always looking for good camping/fishing spots. I texted him this new spot today and he replied "I'll have the car packed by 4pm when you get home." :)

Kayley said...

My mom, sister and I took a spontaneous trip to Asheville a couple of weeks ago (we're from East TN so it's not too far) and absolutely loved it!!!! I love seeing some of the same places we went in this post. Love Asheville!

Kelley with Amy's Angels said...

"Friends are the family you choose." Amen to that!!

Glad you had a great trip! :)

Steph said...

Thirsty Monk + Mast Store = Quintessential Asheville. Glad you got to see them both. :)

I am enamored with the idea of fly fishing, but then the thought of actually having to touch fish scares me off. But y'all make it look so joyful. I may try it still one of these days...

melanie said...

Interviewed for a job - what! That's awesome! Praying that God will give you both discernment on where your next journey will be. Would love to have you in NC. Maybe we could be real life friends!

Mary Margaret Pendleton said...

Sounds like a fantastic trip. I must ask, since I live in Lexington, where did you eat dinner when you stopped in?

Today's Letters said...

mm, ha! we ate at chipotle. they only have qdoba in lou and we needed some place fast and on campus!

Mary Margaret Pendleton said...

You can never go wrong with Chipotle, yummmy!!!

Tina Jett said...

Nice to hear you made it to Early Girl! I love the homey vibe there.

Tina Jett said...

Nice to hear you made it to Early Girl! I love the homey vibe there.

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