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Labor Day Weekend

Welcome back to reality, everyone.  How was your long weekend?  Mine was jam packed, but a lot of fun!  I’m a little sad it’s over.

Mom and I started the weekend bright and early Saturday morning with a trip to Greenville, NC to watch my younger brother play football against East Carolina University.  He plays left tackle for Western Carolina University and this weekend was their season opener.  The drive to Greenville took us about six hours, but we made some pit stops along the way so it didn’t seem quite as long.  We stopped for lunch at P.F. Chang’s in Raleigh, followed by picking up a to-go slice of cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory next door.  Once we got into Greenville, we checked into our hotel and freshened up before heading to tailgate for a couple of hours.  This is my mom pictured below.  We got lots of comments on this photo that we looked like twins and sisters.  We get this a lot and my mom loves it, especially the sisters comment.

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The weather was very gloomy, but the cool air felt wonderful.  The weather was good overall, despite being hit with a small rain shower during the game.  I was happy to need a sweater rather than sweating the entire game.  ECU has a nice stadium.  Western lost.  Actually we got killed, but in an effort to stay positive, football is back!  The picture below is just before the stadium packed out.

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We got home Sunday afternoon.  I made a detour in Asheville to pick up some dinner from one of my absolute favorite Mexican places for Phil and I.  We ate and spent the rest of the evening being lazy.

Phil and I were feeling adventurous on Monday, so we decided to go for a hike.  We stopped in Cherokee, NC for some breakfast a Peter’s Pancakes.  From there, we drove the Blueridge Parkway toward Waynesville and stopped at Waterrock Knob.

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The hike to Waterrock Knob is short, but tough.  With a distance of 1.2 miles, it feels longer because it’s pretty much straight up and very rocky. The challenge is well worth it once you reach the top!  I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.

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Once we made it back to the parking lot, we hung out at a picnic table for a while, taking in the amazing view and catching our breath.  We took the parkway back out to the Balsam entrance.  From there, we decided to drive to nearby Canton for their Labor Day Festival.

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We grabbed a homemade soda from the Waynesville Soda Jerks booth before sitting on the lawn to listen to music.  The soda was really good! Phil and I both got the raspberry cream flavor.

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There was bluegrass playing when we arrived and we watched a clogging group dance their hearts out.  We didn’t stay long because we were both pretty tired from our hike.

I was craving chips and salsa on our drive home, so we decided to stop by the local Mexican restaurant once we got back into town.  I ordered a margarita and Phil ordered a beer.  We sipped on our drinks and munched away on the chips and salsa before heading back to the house.

So as you can see, the weekend was non-stop.  I love adventure packed weekends!  I’m really looking forward to the fall because the cool weather makes for good hiking. Not to mention, fall in the mountains is breathtaking.  I’m also looking forward to having a short work week this week!

How was your weekend?

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