Rob is from North Carolina so we usually take a trip or two or three down there a year. We usually drive and try to arrange a stop in beautiful Asheville, NC. We love the downtown area to walk around, catch up on our window shopping, watch people climb, and, of course, enjoy some great food at the Laughing Seed Cafe.
We arrived in Asheville around 5pm local time and there was some sort of festival going on. We paid $5 to park in what looked to be someone's driveway and took the kids around looking at the sites. We were pretty hungry since our breakfast/lunch stop had been Louisville, KY's Whole Foods at 8am that morning so we quickly made our way to the Laughing Seed. Dema had the Crispy Asian Dumplings. Parker had the Tico Burrito. Rob had the Mercury Not Rising sandwich. I had the Reuben. We shared an E-lix-R tonic. I think my tempeh Reuben was the best, but it was all good, as usual.
After we ate, we went across Wall St. to the climbing store (they have an 3 or 4 story outdoor climbing wall and we watch the climbers while we eat). On Saturday they had a "slack rope" for people to try to walk across. It was fun for the guys to try it and fun to watch others. I thought Rob would have no problem since he was a pretty skilled climber when we met and has excellent balance, but it is much harder than it looks.We walked around the festival a bit, but Dema was in a hurry to get to our destination so we didn't stay as long as I would have liked. Dema's highlight of the evening was hugging the guy dressed up as the Pillsbury Dough Boy (I kept calling him the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man which dates me, but Dema started it by calling the guy the "vegan marshmallow man"). It seemed a little ironic, the vegan kid hugging the Pillsbury Dough Boy.
A couple hours later we were in Charlotte, NC at Rob's brother's house for a much needed good night's rest.