This week we have been spoilt rotten. And I won’t lie, I could get quite used to it!
My parents came out to visit us in Asheville, and treated us to a night in a hotel. As much as we said we would allow ourselves a hotel stay a few times a month, there has invariably been extra expenses, that have meant we haven’t really been able to justify the unnecessary luxury. So, to have a room offered to us, we were not going to pass it up! Having a proper bathroom, with nice towels, and an air conditioned room really was a luxury…
Asheville itself was a nice little place to hang about for for a couple of days. We wandered around town for an afternoon, and the next day had a look round Biltmore Estate. It was the home of one of the Vanderbilt’s kids (read, ‘rich’) who seemed to spare no expense in building a huge castle/chateau’esque place in the forest. It was most impressive (even though, if I’m honest, so are half the stately homes in the UK), and it’s always interesting to see how the other half live. I’m definitely building a secret entrance to the man lounge, via the double snooker room, in my next house….
After we said our farewells to the family (via the a final ihop fill-up) we headed east to meet up with Meg’s friend Stef in the Outer Banks (home to Kitty Hawk – where the Wright Brothers first flew their plane). We stopped off for a night in Raleigh, North Carolina as it was meant to be quite a small city. Whilst we didn’t get to wander about too much (or felt that we were missing much by not wandering about), we did get to enjoy some really good music. The pig pen theatre company and You Won’t were truly a pleasure to listen & watch. Check them out in a town near you.
When we got to the Outer Banks, it was again, time to just relax for a few days. Enjoying the air conditioning, fast internet, a washing machine, etc, etc. One thing we did manage to finally do, was put on our decals for the outside of Milton. The vinyl has been sitting there taking up space for weeks, so we finally plucked up the courage to put them up. I think they look great – although bang goes the idea that we were going to be quite ‘stealth’ with our faces essentially stamped on the side & back of the vehicle. Well, I suppose we might as well just accept it and invest in that Dukes of Hazzard horn after all.