We connected once for lunch in Asheville and again in Cherokee. She dumped her husband off at the casino and I left Left Brain home so we could have some fun.
Our main outing was in search of Mingo Falls, as she loves waterfalls.
We started out and then decided we were hungry and needed a bathroom break before starting our rigorous hike up to the waterfalls, so I turned the car around and we found a spot for some food and conversation.
Then it was back on the road to the falls. The hike up wasn't as bad as I feared.
She has a nice photo on her blog showing the steps we had to go up. There were lots of stops on these steps to enjoy the scenery while we gasped for breath.
The falls were nice, but I suspect they are more magnificent in the spring time.
The next photo shows the size of the falls in comparison with the two people in the foreground. I asked Marti nicely to crawl out on those rocks for a photo, but she refused....she's funny that way.
On the way back we spotted these little cabins by the rivers edge and so I parked as far away from the multitude of no parking and no trespassing signs. Surely those signs were not for US!
On our way back through town we stopped to enjoy some ice cream because....well, it's a tradition for us. On all of our plant shopping trips there was always ice cream involved somehow.
It's great seeing old friends when our paths converge and we never know for sure when that might happen again, so we savor each moment together.
We'll get to see them one more time when we head into Asheville on Sunday to watch the Packer game with them at a sports bar. Are you happy McGuffy? This will definitely be a first for me...to willing go to a sports bar and watch the game. I'm guessing there may be some shopping as a sideline with just Marti and I as well. And perhaps ice cream.
Long Live the Queen of Friends