Highland Retreat

Monday, October 26, 2009 Road Junkies 0 Comments

Blowing Rock, North Carolina—Ken's sister Marion was considerate enough to enter the world during peak leaf season in the southeastern U.S. Blowing Rock seemed the natural place to go for a celebration of birthday #65. Because our usual "mountain home away from home" was booked for the birthday weekend, we ended up in a Yonahlossee townhouse. What a view it had from the screen porches on two levels.
Introducing Grandma to Facebook
Miss Butterfly Lady (aka Emma) didn't let the cool temperatures discourage her from going after Blowing Rock and Boone letterboxes.

Emma finds another letterbox.
The condo was on three levels, allowing us to spread out a bit more and making room for a billiard table. Uncle Ryan took on the task of teaching Emma to play.

Uncle Ryan, pool tutor

Ken takes a shot
At the Blowing Rock city park, we met Shoafsters, who lives in Blowing Rock, and her daughter Princess Mimi, to exchange stamps and tell them how much we enjoyed all the letterboxes they have planted in the area.

A hook-up with fellow letterboxers
Before returning home, we visited Serenity Cottage, a one-bedroom retreat at the top of a mountain outside Boone. A beautiful and very remote little house with many windows, no curtains, and no need for them. Once we arrived at the address we drove up, up, up the half-mile driveway to reach this hideaway in the woods.

Yes, we could find a bit of serenity here.
As always, our time in Blowing Rock ended much too soon and we all headed home.