My Dad pointed out to me that since the 4th of July was in the middle of the week, we had two Mondays…womp womp. But that also meant it had two weekends!
On Tuesday night, the night before July 4th, we headed out to our friend’s lake house at Bear Lake near Sylva. It’s about an hour from Asheville and we wasted no time hopping in the water, paddling around on paddle boards and drinking some brews!
We all had dinner together, made s’mores and crashed in the Yurt later that night! I was dead set on waking up early to see the misty lake in all its glory. So at 6:15 on the 4th, I made coffee and rousted Heather for some glorious lake time! Later, we went back to bed for a bit and got up to make hashbrowns and eggs for the crew.
We spent the rest of the day floating and paddling with breaks for tomato sandwiches, potato chips and other beige foods. It was totally glorious. No cell service and being surrounded by mountains while swimming all day long is my idea of heaven. My parents had arrived at our house that afternoon so we left Sylva around 5 pm and met them for dinner at All Souls Pizza – the best pizza in Asheville!
This weekend, Heather’s mom and her husband are visiting! We had a blast watching the Croatia vs. Russia game at Asheville Brewing downtown on Saturday and walked around an art festival afterwards. We came home to have champagne on the couch and watch The Great British Baking Show.
Sunday, we visited Heather’s dad’s grave at the beautiful State Veteran’s Cemetary, where our dogs always have a blast running around the perfectly level fields. Afterward, we had tacos and salads at The Trailhead in nearby Black Mountain. After lunch, we cruised by Noble Cider to see our pal Cindyl, the bartender, and pick up a growler of the Noble Peach. If you haven’t tried it yet, do yourself a favor!
Sunday night, we all read on the porch and ate snacks for dinner – the best kind of meal! Heather’s mom and stepdad always bring tons of fruit, coffee, pretzels, cheese and other goodies when they come – including magnums of champagne – so we tend to graze all day long!