Even though I've been unemployed since April 1st, it's incredibly hard to believe it's already late-August. Even more hard to believe is that summer is starting to come to an end. I love warm weather - to a point - but come the end of August I'm ready for those cool fall days of October and ready to ditch the insane humidity and 100 degree days. Luckily, we had a reason to escape to Boone last weekend for the miniest of vacations.
Skye heads back to Boone shortly for another year at ASU. Last year we helped her move in to a dorm, this year, we moved her into an apartment. She's a big girl now! We headed up in our dueling PT Cruisers on Friday morning and arrived in Boone a little after lunch. We stepped out of our cars at a mattress store and it felt wonderful in the mountain air. Not too hot, not too cool, and a nice breeze to punctuate its wonderfulness. After using the mattress store's bathroom/storage closet/trash keeper, we headed to Skye's new apartment to get her moved in. I forget how easy it is to move in a college student. It sure didn't feel easy when I was moving in, but we'll go with it. Perhaps Skye is slightly less maintenance than I was. No one was home so Seth and I got to building Skye's cool new dresser. Ooooo. FIL built her desk, but Seth and I won the race and finished first :) In an odd way, it was fun. Seth and I actually built something together without arguing! YAY!
Before the sun could go down, Seth and I headed into the hills to find our townhouse. Thanks to my dad's wonderful cousin and her husband, we had a fabulous place to stay for the weekend. It was nice to have lots of space to spread out and I slept like a dream for the first time in a while. The Barwaller is a townhouse that's part of the Yonahlossee resort between Boone and Blowing Rock. It was just great. Great. Great.
Since we got Skye all moved in when we arrived on Friday, we really had nothing to do for the rest of the weekend and that was nice. Saturday we went into Boone and visited the Mast General Store and a few other shops and then we headed up to Howard's Knob which overlooks Boone. I'd never been up there before and it really gives you a beautiful view of Boone without too much fuss. It was quiet up there and only a few other people showed up - I think we beat the "picnic lunch" crowds as they seemed to be piling in just as we were leaving.
We went back to the Barwaller for some naps and downtime before we headed into Blowing Rock to eat at Mellow Mushroom out on the porch. That's a great MM simply because of the atmosphere. We ate there last year as well since it was just a block or 2 from our motel and we didn't have to find a parking space.
Overall, we had a nice weekend and got to relax for the most part. Sunday, we drove up to THE Blowing Rock (which I had also never actually been to) and saw the sights and bought some stupid souvenirs. On our way back to Raleigh, we stopped at the Cascades on the Blue Ridge Parkway which required a tiny bit of a hike, but was worth it in the end. Nature offers some beautiful scenery and sometimes you just have to take the time to find it.