We went on our anniversary trip to Biltmore Mansion in Asheville, North Carolina this past week. It was a such a great time with so many wonderful memories.
We love to travel and being frugal helps us get there. Our no spend January helped pay for the trip.
We decided to take our small truck to save gas. The price of a gallon of gas was kind of low going down but went up quickly as we came back.
I ordered gift cards for fast food places before we left with some of my Amazon Affiliate money and we stopped at those while on the road.
Just a little note: We were so impressed that how fast we made it down there. Without any grandchildren with us, we seemed to fly down there in record time. Big mistake. You need to get out and enjoy the view. Just smell the fresh air and walk around some. We started off with an all over soreness that thankfully left by the next morning.
On the outside they have a farm and conservatory that you can also walk through. The tulips and daffodils on the path to the green house were so pretty.
It was so good to see all the blooms that won't be here in Michigan for another 2 or 3 weeks.
The next day we ended up at the Lake Lure area and climbed up to Chimney Rock (ok we took the elevator most of the way-there is no shame). So beautiful.
Then elevator man told us we needed to walk to see Hickory Nut Falls. It's so pretty and beautiful and the walk is level, he said. While we were standing there thinking about it, we talked to another lady that said it was well worth the walk and it was only a 1/4 mile up the path.
My question is, does level mean something different in North Carolina than Michigan ? Listen, it was pretty much a climb. And that lady, yeah, she was nice but really, that path was a mile and 1/4 instead of just 1/4 mile.
In the end, the beautiful falls were so worth it. The falls were memorizing as they cascaded off the tallest mountain. There was no way to get all of the falls in to just one picture. You know, we would have missed this if we would have known the truth.
Another note: Don't believe anyone- read those signs they have on the trail heads.
Our desk in the hotel room always seem to look like this. We brought some groceries from home and bought some fresh bread from the local store for sandwiches in the evenings. We also bought some Bengay!
With the free hotel breakfast and our sandwiches in the evening we only ate out once a day. Well, there was that one day I just freaked out and couldn't handle another waffle so we used one of the gift cards.
Another note: We went to a place in Asheville called Biscuit Head..the cat head biscuits were just delicious (just my honest opinion).
We bought the things we always need and want from the south that we just can't get as easy here, We stocked up on Luck's Pinto beans and White Lilly self rising flour (enough to last us for a long time).
Back home and back into our frugal mode, we picked up a bale of hay that someone put out by the curb last night.
I also made enough baked spaghetti with spaghetti squash noodles yesterday (Saturday) to last for two days. Leftovers are great when you need to finish unpacking.
My Goals this week:
Help husband to clean the wood pile (we didn't use all the bengay yet).
Plant a grow box with the lettuce that has started in my winter sowing jugs.