I’ve lived in North Carolina my whole life, but never really appreciated it until the past couple of years. I honestly feel as though I live in one of the greatest places on Earth. I just absolutely love it here. It’s beautiful and full of so many unique, genuinely good people. Tourists come from all over the world to see some of the things I get to see every day and they always talk about how nice everyone is.
Buncombe County is a whole other story. It is home to some of my favorite places, mainly Asheville and Black Mountain. They are both full of creative, outstanding people who are motivated to change the world. It’s rare that you find any chain restaurants or stores, mostly everyone shops locally. There’s so much talent in these mountains and they find such creative ways to share it. When I go on vacation, I usually have to really search for those good hole in the wall places. Asheville, that’s all there is.
Positive energy is in the air and everyone gets along. It’s pure happiness around here.
I’ve had a pretty rough month, just lots of different stuff happening, lots of crap to deal with. My fiance has also had a pretty rough month and he’s had to deal with my attitude. 😁 So, we decided we we’re gonna relax and have a good time this weekend and of course there’s no better place to lift your spirits than Asheville, NC.
We relaxed Friday evening, eating a good home cooked meal, playing with my cat, Blue, and watching the new movie “CHIPS”. We both went to bed early because we knew we had a good long day ahead of us. We woke up bright and early and headed up the mountain.
Our first destination was Smiley’s. Now isn’t that just the best name? Smiley’s is a huge flea market in Fletcher, NC. You could live there and never have to leave. They have anything you could possibly ever need. There’s even an automobile section where you can have just about anything done to your vehicle. There’s also these shops with authentic Mexican food and some of it just really can’t be beat. There’s one particular spot that makes the best chicken quesadilla in the world. I’m serious.
Anyways, we rummaged around awhile. Colby found him a couple of antique lighters to add to his collection and I found me some CDs to listen to in my new car. The Soul didn’t have a CD player so I’ve been pretty excited about having one now.
The second destination was at The Garage on 25. We didn’t actually go inside the garage, they were hosting a vintage/handmade market. We piddled around there a little while. I found some fantastic ideas for my wedding, some super cute handmade things only found in Buncombe County. We were able to make it to all of the tents before it became a treacherous storm outside. We made it back to the car right as the rain began to come down.
We traveled through the storm back to Asheville and headed straight for Barnes & Noble where we spent the next three hours. Colby got a bunch of little gadgets and after three hours, I finally decided on one book. About two hours into our escapade, Colby’s brother arrived along with his girlfriend. They spent the last hour with us and then we all headed downtown Merrimon to watch an outdoor movie.
This was probably the funnest part of my day. The movie was an old classic, “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”. There was a food truck supplying the moviegoers some of the best fries in town. There was a very diverse group of people watching the film and we all shared a lot of laughs. I will definitely be going to do that again. Oh, and it’s free!
Our final destination was at a pizzeria where we met some really awesome people and played some pool. Afterwards, we were walking the streets back to the car and met even more people. We first came to a wall that was covered in things people wanted to do before they died. There was a bucket of chalk so that anyone who passed could write. We wrote a few things and kept walking. We then ran into about 10 guys who were out having a bachelor’s party. They were dressed very exotic and they were hilarious. We snapped some photos for them and I was even able to capture a video of them singing.
We walked all the way back to the car where we ran into a homeless man. We talked to him for about an hour, practically got his whole story. He’d been sleeping under a bridge with absolutely no kind of blanket or pillow. I had a very nice fluffy comforter in the back of my car and we sent him on his way with it. It was kind of a sad way to end a happy night, but it felt good.
Anyways, what a fun weekend. After everything going on in life right now, it was nice to laugh again.
By the way, I highly recommend visiting the mountains of North Carolina.