One of the hardest parts about graduating college is the scattering of my friends. People I used to see nearly every day are now flung everywhere from Atlanta to Memphis. Fortunately, most of my friends are only a day trip away. A recent weekend off meant that I had the chance to go see one of my best friends, Alysse, at her new home in Boone, North Carolina.
My trip over the mountain meant that I also had the chance to visit nearby towns of Blowing Rock and Banner Elk. I'll never tire of tiny resort towns. Driving through Banner Elk reminded me of a stop we made in Llangollen in Wales almost two years ago. I love the idea of parking on one end of town and walking as much as possible. I didn't get that chance this trip as I was instead watching a mountain bike race in 45 degree weather, but that was a different kind of charming.
After making my way back to Boone, Alysse showed me around a bit. Charming shops and eateries line the streets near Appalachian State on King Street. After getting a damn good blackberry vanilla latte from Bald Guy Coffee and an oversized App State shirt, I saw a few more of the natural sites such as the Greenway trail and Bass Lake in Blowing Rock. It was too late, though. My fate was sealed before we even saw the lily pad covered lake. I already knew I loved Boone. Read More