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Day 2: Amazing Fall Day

Today, was the most amazing day here in the North Carolina mountains. Perfectly clear, I do not think we saw a cloud at all today.

We spent most of the day along the Blue Ridge Parkway, visiting Grandfather Mountain and the Moses Cone Mansion – Arts and Craft Center. It was for sure cold up at Grandfather mountains but wonderfully warm in the sun along the rest of the parkway. Boy, are we now exhausted.

Lunch was great!!! We had tried to go The Village Cafe in Blowing Rock twice now, but always seem to land up there when they were closed. Today, we had success – and so worth the wait. It was a small Victorian cottage converted into the cafe, surrounded by a wild garden….and the food was amazing.

Photographs of the day are below.

Grandfather Mountain memories:


(now Dad…..that is a big tongue 😉 )

The Village Cafe in Blowing Rock:


Moses Cone Mansion:

Day 1 photographs can be found here.

Today’s photographs: Fall was here

It started of wet in the North Carolina Mountains this morning, but by lunchtime it had cleared. It was a little windy, but if you were in the sun, out of the wind, it warmed up. We all enjoyed the first day of the very relaxing, no stress vacation.

We spent our afternoon in and around Blowing Rock, which is a very quaint town. We ate lunch there, but not at the restaurant we wanted as it was closed just for today 😦 (unusual for a Monday as they are usually closed Tuesday). The boys followed lunch up with dessert – ice cream from Kilwins.

We walked all the food off with some fun in the playground. Sean and I had a competition on the swing – I have not been on a swing in years….I was giggling like a school girl. We finished off the dat with a walk around Bass Lake. Beautiful day!!!

Here are today’s photographs.

The fall colors of the parkway:


Town of ,Blowing Rock:

Bass Lake:

The boys having fun:


Goal this week: Relax….ahhh!!!

We have just arrived to our vacation spot in the mountains of North Carolina, to stay 4 nights and 3 days…time to relax, ahhh. We have never been here in October, so we are hoping to see the great autumn (fall) colors start to come in.

This week, I am hoping to post beautiful photos and some of the results of our relaxing time here. Yes, I carried my sewing machine and craft activities with me. I am happy to say though, that the family have put a 1 hour restriction on electronics, which actually feels very liberating.

Here are some photos of the cabin and its view, from August 2010 – we are staying in the same cabin.

Inside the cabin (this is a view of the 1st and 2nd levels; the is an additional floor in the below):


View across the valley from the deck: