Friday, July 25, 2014

Exploring Beech Mountain and Valle Crucis, North Carolina

As I rode around Salem Lake this morning...
I thought about what fun thing we could do with the rest of our day...
After our mountain crawl adventure a couple of weeks ago...
I knew I wanted to go back to the high country!
Also, I heard that the ski lifts at Beech Mountain run all year long,
so I thought it might be fun to go up there and see what we see!
So I went home, took a shower and sprung my plan on my
true love... Who was fortunately keen to follow along! By the
way, I've been keeping a secret from you about a huge change I
made in the way I eat and move... But more on that another day!
Anyway, before we knew it, we were back in the mountains!
Beech Mountain, to be exact! We are so coming here to
see this place in the snow and, sitting around that firepit!
Whose idea was this again?
You can bike Beech Mountain... How cool is that?
Wait until my riding buddy hears about this!
Here we go!
I swore when I stepped off the plane from Orlando last
weekend that I would keep my feet on the ground for a while!
So much for that!
Oh, look! Refreshments!
Check out this view!
Totally worth the $20 lift ticket!
We could have sat in this spot all day!
This settles it... Beech Mountain will see us again this winter!
I can't wait!
On the way to Boone we stopped in Valle Crucis, where we found Sunflowers!
I love Sunflowers!
Can't you tell?
This was a fantastic garden...
Another spot I could have easily stayed all day!
Gardens are my happy place!
Here's another happy place in the mountains...
The original Mast General Store is in Valle Crucis!
Nothing beats Mast for vintage candy!
And, plenty of other stuff too!
I love bacon... Don't you?
This is the inside of the original Mast General Store...
Where the post office is still working!
Love it!
This was a great way to spend a beautiful Friday off from work!
We saw a little of this and a little of that...
Then we stopped in Boone for a little dinner...
And headed home!
Vowing not to leave again until Monday!


  1. What a wonderful day out Janet!!! It looks as though you had another amazing time. The views from and of the mountain are just stunning aren't they! xx

  2. Amazing scenery; we've only been on the east coast once, when my son graduated from basic training, but loved seeing that beautiful part of our country.
    I'm very interested in the changes you've made to what you eat and how you move, Janet. I too have made changes, so if there is anything I can glean from you to make it even more successful, I'd love to know!


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