November 19, 2006

North Carolina

I finally got a few minutes to sit down and write a post . . .

Ellen and I went to visit my best friend, Chris, back in North Carolina just outside of Charlotte. We had such a blast hanging out with the Greenman's!

We arrived in Charlotte on the Saturday (November 4th). We didn't do too much but sit around and catch-up on old times.

Sunday, we went to the local renaissance faire. Got to see a lot of people in period outfits and even a jousting match.

Monday, we didn't do too much. We slept in (good thing, we are so jet lagged) and went to shop a little. We then jumped on the boat to grab a bite to eat at a restaurant on the Lake Norman. We took our time getting looking at the many nice homes on the lakeside. All was peaceful. We had some good ribs at the restaurant. Watched the sunset. We started back on water that was smooth as glass. And then, tragedy hit. About half mile from the marina, the boat blew a head gasket. We Chris and I got to share an oar to paddle back to the dock. Needless to say, I slept like a rock.

Tuesday, we packed our bags and went to Asheville to go see the Biltmore house, home to the Vanderbilts. We first toured the Winery, sampled some of the local nectar and prepped dinner in what used to be the stables. After dinner, we took the candlelight tour of the mansion. Sorry we couldn't take any pictures, but maybe the webpage will help.

Wednesday, continued our journey to Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Kaylene found a cool little chateau up in the mountains for us. We did all the touristy things there. We even visited a star car museum. It was weird to be in a place filled with go-carts, mini golf and pancakes. You have to go there to understand.

We traveled back to Charlotte Friday, early enough to have a little time to relax. It kinda sucked leaving there, but I am sure all the southern cooking was going to take it's toll on me. I really like Cracker Barrel!

Yeah, this is what you waited a week for . . . not much, but I wanted to share something!

Oh, as always, here are some pictures to amuse you further . . . LINKY

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