Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Visiting our mountain guy

Ever since last year when Daniel moved to Asheville to be the assistant swim coach at UNC-A, John and I have been trying to get there to see him. In the fall, prices were high because of the leaves, in the winter, because of Christmas. Finally, we discovered a place that was affordable- The Lambeth Inn at Lake Junaluska. I think we were the only ones there younger than 65, albeit not too far from it, also the only ones who weren't part of  The Red Hat Society. But, the room was clean and considerably cheaper that anywhere else around Asheville.

We drove down on Saturday early and picked up Daniel and Lou. We had a wonderful time visiting Mt. Mitchell and the surrounding areas. Daniel picked the restaurant, Red Hot Wings (something like that).
It was rather cold on Mt. Mitchell, so I was glad I had packed a coat.

Such beauty even in death and decomposition

We left Mt. Mitchell and followed the Blue Ridge Parkway to other scenic spots.

I could hear the water rushing from this distant water fall.

Elijah typically kept his feet on the solid ground.

Mountain climbing tuckered Solomon and Lou out. Solomon loves Lou. I think he hasn't forgotten that Lou was with us the day we picked Solomon up. This picture shows them laying in the car the day we got Solomon, on the way home from Charlotte( on the right). The left shows them after our mountain expedition. We call Lou Solomon's "Dogi" (as in Jedi). Solomon was afraid of walking on the road when we first got him. We walked him with Lou and he started walking on the road.

It was a wonderful day. The next day, the bottom fell out of the sky, putting a damper on our site-seeing. We went to a church that Daniel wanted to visit and then went to see his office and tour some of UNC-A.  John and Daniel gave the UNCA gym a try, afterward we went out to eat and then headed home.

Daniel's office

Even with the washout on Sunday, it was fantastic to see my big boy and his grown up life. I miss him horribly, but it's nice that now I can picture where he is when he tells us about his job.


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