My great-grandfather ("Pop-Pop") built a house on a mountain in a little town called Etowah, North Carolina. When he passed away, my grandparents inherited it. I remember visiting this place probably once a year for almost every year of my childhood. In 2004, my grandparents were no longer able to maintain the house as they aged so they had to sell it. I didn't meet Curtis until 2005 so he never had the opportunity to experience it. Here's some of the pictures that I snagged as I shared my childhood memories with my husband:
This is on Folly Road - right before you get to the mountain. The colors were gorgeous!
I used my panoramic camera to take some of these pictures.
My grandparents lived on a private road where there were only 1-2 other families living on that stretch of the mountain. I walked this road so many times picking blueberries! My brothers and cousins always loved to ride (or drive) the 4-wheeler whenever we'd visit!
My grandfather would take care of this water wheel. There used to be a fake duck with little ducklings walking towards the stream. I was happy to see that the neighbors were still keeping the water running!
Here's a panoramic view of the area around the water wheel.
This is the house that my great-grandfather built. I was warmly greeted by the new owners of the house, which was very kind since we showed up unexpectedly. They gave us a tour of the house. The new owner is an interior designer and she re-did the entire house. She did a great job and the house looked great, but a lot of the memories that I would have felt inside the house weren't there.
This is the view from the deck of the house! It is just breath-taking!
So glad for the panoramic ones - I think I'm going to have to try to develop some of these!
This one was pretty cool - it shows me taking a picture and gives you a little bit more of the deck than my pictures do.
Curtis really enjoyed the view!
Some additional angles of the back of the house (which the neighbors now consider their front of the house)
It was so beautiful.
Next up...I took Curtis to the Pisgah Forest and showed him Looking Glass Falls.
We would come here often with my family and I was happy to share this with Curtis.
We also stopped by Sliding Rock, a naturally occurring 60-foot water slide. I only got the nerve to do it one time with my grandfather when I was younger. I have this picture with my mouth open as wide as it's ever been as I slid down! As for this day, it was too cold to slide (or so we thought), but there were a few people that had to slide down because they lost a bet. Notice that one of them doesn't even have legs! I was impressed.
Our trip also consisted of visiting Charlotte to spend some time with one of Curtis' roommates. We had a wonderful time with them. We spent our evenings in downtown Asheville, which was really fun. We ate at some amazing restaurants - Asheville Pizza & Brewing Company and Tupelo Honey Cafe. We went to Greenville, South Caroline to worship at Downtown Presbyterian Church. It was such a delight!
We even found gas for as low as $2.97 in Greenville. That is so low!
We also went to the Skytop Apple Orchard in Flat Rock, NC. It was really beautiful there, but it wasn't really the season for apples so we just enjoyed the view.
It was really nice to get away for about 4 days and explore North Carolina. This will be one of our last trips before I am unable to travel for a while now that I'm getting farther along in my pregnancy. It was definitely worth the trip!