Weekly Photo Challenge: Adventure

View of the Smoky Mountains in Asheville, North Carolina

View of the Smoky Mountains in Asheville, North Carolina

The first picture I took in Asheville this summer was the view out the back of my hotel. It was Hour 1 of vacation, the first one I’d ever taken without my favorite boy toy (or sister). I was reluctant to do it, even though my boy toy encouraged me to have some time to myself.  It was just weird going without him, spending that much money, and being on my own for a vacation.  For me, this represents this week’s photo challenge of adventure.

I wrote this in my journal:

Driving down to Asheville, my emotions were all over about doing this.  But as I sit here on Wednesday, in an Adirondack chair overlooking the Smoky Mountains, I’m glad I did this.  I’m glad I came to the mountains instead of the beach.  Glad I’ve been able to hike, walk around, and take the shuttle from place to place.  Glad for the cool mountain air and low humidity and the greenery as far as I can see.

It’s been good to see and do different things, to walk and take pictures.  Good to get away from work and home into a different albeit very luxurious setting.  I’m glad to have done a shorter visit and have a such a great place to stay.  It’s been really worth it to have a nicer place, nicer food, and better safety.

I am enjoying this and being here by myself.  I’m glad I did it even with how much I disliked doing the drive to be here.

And the mountains.  Oh the mountains are great.  I’m glad I paid extra for a room that faces them.  To see them with everything I do here.

It was fun!  I took a lot of pictures, ate all kinds of delicious food, spent a lot of time outside, and was satisfied each night when I went bed.  I even took a trip into downtown Asheville to visit a local bookstore (during a rainy morning).  I did dislike the drive back and forth more than I expected, but it was worth the effort.

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Today’s 30 Days of Lists topic is “every night before I go to bed”.  The list was pretty long, mostly due to the dogs.  But the short version is:

  1. Put the dogs out one last time
  2. Gate them into the kitchen
  3. Set the alarm and go upstairs (we’ve had several home invasions in our neighborhood, so we now use an alarm on the house)
  4. Brush my teeth
  5. Get in bed
  6. Turn out the light
  7. Read my iPad for a while
  8. Go to sleep!

Mmm, mmm, love that iPad for reading!