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Curiosity took us out to check out the Biltmore Estate in Asheville this morning. Not that entry was going to be likely, given the ticket price is $59.00 per person! Still, the phenomenon of hundreds of cars lined up to go in at 10.00 am on a Wednesday was something to observe.

A better deal was to visit the Thomas Wolfe Memorial in town. We learned much about the writer, and more about his mother, Julia, who ran this large boarding house quaintly called “Old Kentucky Home”.

The Pinball Museum (yes there is!) didn’t open until 4.00 pm. 😦

I had a particularly fun rendez-vous outside the Art Museum. This is where Rob and I parted ways. Temporarily, you understand. Rob is off hiking and/or exploring the surrounding area and I’m currently here for four days of catch ups and new connections. Here, there be poetry and music, a lake and squirrels, a labyrinth and autumn leaves, and a great sense of community (and chocolate and wine if you know who to ask).

Tonight’s photos are but a taste of today.

Look Homeward, Angel

Double decker coffee shop, AshevilleFine Arts Theatre, Asheville NCChalk wall - AshevilleFresh Broad Coop Shop - Asheville NC

Here’s Tuesday’s post, a day late.

At the Hotel Floyd in the small town of Floyd, Virginia, the work of individual local artisans is showcased in every room as well as in the public areas. This exquisite quilt is on display in the hotel lobby.

Quilt - Hotel Floyd lobby

Our first stop on Tuesday morning was at Maybry Mill, where we met the owner of this old Ford pickup truck and learned how he came to own it.

Ford pickup truck

Mabry Mill

The landscape of the Blue Ridge Parkway changes shape the further south you go with rolling hills, grazing horses and cattle, granite outcrops and rhododendrons. And the view from Elk Mountain Outlook speaks for itself.

Elk Mountain Overlook

Blue Ridge Parkway xBlue Ridge Parkway again

Today was Election Day.

Election Day, NC 2014

In Boone, North Carolina, rocking chairs really do sit on front porches and canine passengers check out the strangers in town.

passenger - Boone, NC

Then it was on to Asheville to catch up on some laundry and prepare for the next leg of the trip.

Wildflowers on I40 W coming into Asheville NC