Bucket List: Visiting Western NC

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All my life, I’ve been obsessed with the mountains.

I didn’t realize until a few years ago that my true fixation is on the Blue Ridge Mountains - or just any that are on the East Coast, because the East Coast is the Sweet Coast - okay, I just made that up to try to beat the rhyme about the West Coast - but you get my point! I’m an EC girl all the way through.

I grew up living at the Virginia entry of the Blue Ridge Parkway until I got whisked away to the suburbs of New York City (yuck), and man did I miss those mountains every minute since.

I went out west to CO but they are just not. the. same.

And yes, everyone out there will tell you that what we have on the East Coast do not qualify as true mountains, but poop on them. They do too.

So after 8 years in the barren wilderness of CO (what they have for trees do not even count), I finally made it back to the East Coast, and I am never leaving again. But it still took me a couple of years to settle in and get a good opportunity to go visit those beloved Blue Ridge Mountains of mine.

This summer, I finally got the chance.

I pinpointed Brevard as the destination of choice. Brevard is surrounded by forest and waterfalls in multiple places. It’s bordered by a state forest and a National Forest. And that National Forest is, I believed, designated rain forest. And it definitely feels like one. You can visit waterfalls in both.

Brevard is 45 minutes from Asheville, with a cute town called Hendersonville in between, and in the span of only two days, we managed to conquer everything - both parks, and all three towns.

Here are some photos from our adventure!

 
Getting wood-fires pizza in downtown Hendersonville! First time Toby sat outside at a restaurant.

Getting wood-fires pizza in downtown Hendersonville! First time Toby sat outside at a restaurant.

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I was in awe of seeing such an old-fashioned movie theater!

I was in awe of seeing such an old-fashioned movie theater!

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Toby sticking his head up to sight-see too!

Toby sticking his head up to sight-see too!