Asheville...City of Our Dreams?

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 Road Junkies 0 Comments

Little did we know when we planted our Sister's Sixty letterbox in Asheville's Carrier Park to honor Jeanne's 60th birthday what a popular place we had selected. The box was planted at the beginning of December, 2008, and we had heard from people who had found it recently that the logbook was almost full. Just the news we needed to spur a trip to Asheville! By the time we arrived, there were no blank pages remaining, the letterbox having been visited by more than 30 letterboxers.
Riverside Cemetery is one of our favorite places to go letterboxing in Asheville. It can't rival Savannah's Bonaventure Cemetery in beauty but can certainly hold its own in terms of interesting "residents" from Thomas Wolfe to O. Henry to a slew of Confederate generals.
Built in 1924, Old Craggy Prison was the subject of a class action lawsuit in 1986 due to overcrowded, unsanitary prison conditions. The North Carolina Department of Corrections entered into a settlement agreement which included the construction of a replacement facility. On an eerie visit to the old prison to locate a letterbox planted there, we were briefly joined by a mysterious motorcycle rider who rode into the parking lot (wearing a helmet with facecover) and zoomed away as we were about to get really spooked.
When we were sesarching for a letterbox at Carl Sandburg's home in Flat Rock, NC, we were puzzled by the clue's reference to "the tree that needs a bra." Once we saw the tree, all was clarified, but the box wasn't there! One letterbox that we ran out of time to find in January was in the tunnel through Beaucatcher Mountain. We weren't sure which side it was on, but the clue indicated it could be found about halfway through and was just a stamp hanging from a string. We got lucky and guessed right on the first try!
In our efforts to figure out whether Asheville is the hometown of our dreams, we spent some time driving by houses on the market. Some were truly above the clouds, and we couldn't help wondering how long it took for the residents to get to the grocery store "down below."