On the eleventh day of our vacation we drove up to Boone, North Carolina. We shopped at the Mast General Store, ate lunch and then hung out with our friends the rest of the day.
The twelfth and final full day in North Carolina was a dreary one. We knew that we wanted to get out of the cabin and make the most out of our last day. We made one last stop at the produce stand that we had been frequenting during our stay, and bought a 20lb box of local apples. They were delicious and I'm quite proud of the apple butter I made using them too.
We jumped on the Blue Ridge Parkway and went driving East until we stumbled upon the Julian Price Memorial Park. It is a national park, but without gates it was "open" during the government shutdown.
It was cloudy with spurts of drizzle. We decided to take a chance and go on the 2.5 mile loop trail. The majority of the trail is heavily covered in trees so the light rain didn't really bother us.
The park was crowded, the Blue Ridge Parkway was packed with cars and all because the fall colors were at their peak. I've never been able to see such a change in seasons. We are so glad that Caleigh was able to experience it for herself.
It was magnificent.
The loop didn't take us very long. We made it back to the van and then set in to eat a picnic lunch. We were approached by a woman that had a flat tire. There wasn't any cell phone service so Eric changed her tire and then we went back to eating and enjoying the view.
When we were done at the park, we drove the Blue Ridge back to the cabin where we settled in and took a short nap. We woke up and started packing for our long drive home and then spent the rest of the day at our friend's house.
We left the cabin the next morning around 8am and drove into Asheville to stop for tea and snacks at the Green Sage again.
We drove a very long day to Maumelle, Arkansas and stayed the night there. The next day we were stuck in heavy rain and traffic, but made it back home around 2:30 in the afternoon.
What an absolutely amazing vacation. I've had a blast going through the photographs, reading about our daily adventures in my journal and then sharing them with you here.
It's a wonderful blessing to have friends that bring you in like no time has past. We are truly grateful for them and their family.
I know that this trip will not be our last to North Carolina.
Until we meet again NC.