We got to pick Katie up from camp this past Saturday morning, and then drop Travis off on Sunday afternoon. Since the camp is three hours away, and given the cost of gasoline, it worked out to pretty much the same cost (and a whole lot less wearying driving) to stay overnight in Asheville. We visited two botanical gardens, and also the artsy downtown area. We don't get out much, and it was a fun weekend!
Here Katie is, just coming down from the girls' cabin!
First we went to the North Carolina Arboretum. It was lovely!
Then we decided to take the woodland path. Katie wanted me to take pictures of all the fungi. They were quite wonderful!
And we visited the Gift Shop before we left. I especially liked the Poison Oak & Ivy soap!
Then we visited the downtown area. The nice girl at our Red Roof Inn recommended the River Arts District, which might have been a better choice, but we went for the funky downtown. The children found it a little intimidating, but once we started walking around they decided that the Interesting People were okay. In fact, they felt very sorry for the street musician who was hauled off in a police car while we watched.
The Chocolate Fetish, an excellent choice. It was the only store where we made a purchase!
Malaprop's Bookstore. It was neat, but I didn't find a copy of the new Annotated Little Women, which I'd hoped to look at. Oh well.
Travis picked an art gallery to explore. They had all sorts of manga-ish stuff and fantasy art. Katie found a Doctor Who print she was sure she needed, but then she saw the price! They didn't allow photos taken, so no pictures. And Ed led us on a browse of a little street bazaar.And I really wanted to visit the Basilica of St. Lawrence, but no one else was up for it. Their roses were lovely.
The people-watching was wonderful. The girl playing the hammered dulcimer (?) was very good.