We went from sea level to over a mile high during our vacation! Definitely an "altitude adjustment!"
Banner Elk, North Carolina -- and more specifically, Sugar Mountain, where Rick's dad and step mom live, is a mile high! It is a place of stunning beauty, with extraordinary views.
We had a grand time -- Kathy took me to tour some homes open only to realtors on my first day there. Homes? Let's say my house could fit in some of the living rooms. After that, we went shopping and I did my share for the local economy. (It was only a start!) This shop was as cute inside as out!
Meanwhile, Rick rode his bike, doing a 60 mile ride on the hills that Lance Armstrong took on when returning to champion strength following his cancer.
Needless to say, if he looks like he's panting, you can bet he is! It's pretty tough to breathe in that altitude, especially when riding a bike up a mountain!
Rick's dad and Kathy are excellent cooks and our dinner was stunning -- and delicious, too!
The area is lovely, with barns and hills, pretty buildings like this one.
And I was delighted to sit on the deck and knit and watch the birds!
In the next post, I'll show you one way in which the federal stimulus dollars are being put to very good use indeed! And, soon we'll visit a general store and some antique spots, too!
Lots to come! Stay tuned! (But a note: Friday I will be featured as a "Blogger of Note" or "BON" from Our Wisdom of Words (WOW), and I'll have a special post that highlights some of my faves over the past two-and-a-half years. On Monday, we'll return to the mountains and you'll get to check out my favorite day of vacation!)
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