We celebrated our 1-year anniversary this past weekend at Linville Falls, NC. Well…at least we tried to celebrate in Linville.
We left town Friday with plans to camp out and return on Monday. After a 3 hour drive, we set up camp and started a fire. Just as we sat down to enjoy the fire we felt some rain drops. We sat through the drizzle hoping it would pass, but it only got heavier. Bobby and I would have been fine sitting in the rain (we have awesome rain gear), but Mowgli was visibly uncomfortable. We decided to put out the fire, head to the tent and call it a night. The rain only got heavier and eventually turned into a thunderstorm. Then, our tent started leaking. Needless to say, we didn’t get any sleep.
The rain lightened up Saturday morning to a drizzle. We decided to go on our planned hike to see the falls, even though the visibility didn’t look promising. But first, we stopped at a cute coffee shop in Crossnore. I ordered a small cappuccino and a cinnamon roll. It was AMAZING! Also, they had a TON of flavored coffees. We snagged a bag of Sticky Bun and a bag of Coconut Blend.
While we were waiting for our coffee, I talked to one of the teens behind the counter. Crossnore is home to the Crossnore School & Children’s Home, a community-based foster care, outpatient therapy, and educational service. The coffee shop, as well as the sales store, weaving room, fine arts gallery, etc are a part of campus. It’s a really awesome program and I’m glad we stumbled upon it.
The teen recommended that we checkout Fresco, a famous mural inside of the church. After coffee, we walked up a stone path to check out the church. It was a beautiful establishment! The mural brings to life the scripture from Mark 10:14 – “Suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not; for such is the kingdom of God.”
After checking out Fresco, we hopped in the car and headed to Linville Falls. The visitor’s center was fairly busy (for a rainy day) and we saw a good amount of people on the trails. It rained for the whole hike, but we pushed through. The first part of the hike was to the top of the falls, then we continued to hike about 150ft to the overlook. Linville Falls is known as the “Grand Canyon of the Southern Appalachians”. It was beautiful, even for a rainy day!
After the hike, we realized that the rain wasn’t going to stop. The dog was soaking wet and our camping gear was wet from the night before. There’s nothing worse than being cold and wet when camping, so we decided to pack up and head home. I was very thankful to get a full night sleep in my warm bed!
However, when we got back to Raleigh I noticed our refrigerator was cracked open. One of the shelves prevented the door from shutting so ALL of our food was room temperature. I had just gone grocery shopping on Friday before we left for Linville, so I had to throw away a TON of unopened food. UGH! On the bright side, glad we weren’t gone alllll weekend.
Sunday morning we were slow moving. We tried our new Coconut Blend coffee from the coffee shop in Crossnore and it was AMAZING! The weather in Raleigh was perfect — sunny and 70! We couldn’t pass on the opportunity to be outside, so we headed to Apex for a round of disc golf. It was the first time I actually kept score…and I lead MOST of the game by 1 or 2 strokes, until the final hole. I hit every tree in sight and lost by 1 stroke!
If you know Bobby and I, you know how we celebrate special occasions — SUSHI! We rounded out the weekend at our favorite local sushi restaurant, Waraji. We were stuffed after two rounds of sushi, soup, and seaweed salad.
That rounds out our anniversary weekend. It was one we’ll never forget!