I can't believe it. I'm finally on this trip. Here it is! Here I am... in a coffee shop in Asheville, North Carolina drinking nitro-cold brew like a true hipster. It's a pretty gross scene actually... I'm on my fancy new laptop that I had to buy for freelancing, wearing my wireless gold Beats headphones that I lied to the Apple store employee to get for free with said ludicrously expensive laptop (I mean.. it was the least Apple could do.) This scene really could be anywhere. The only thing grounding me in North Carolina are all the southern accents I hear at the tables around me.
It's been a whirlwind of a week! I've seen so much over the last 7 days. From every tourist attraction that Washington D.C. has to offer to the best damn North Carolina BBQ I have ever had. It's been a mix of crashing with family and friends, solo adventuring and lots and lots of driving. Lucky for me, most of it has been insanely picturesque.
As I head off to Nashville tomorrow, I'm most excited to land somewhere for a few months. It'll be good to have a bit of a routine, start freelancing and (hopefully) eat some vegetables.
Since I've never been to Washington D.C. I had a lot of sites to see. Thanks to my wonderful host, Sam, I got to see it all! After two days of monuments, museums, delicious Ethiopian food, fun markets and imagining that I was on The West Wing...my feet were killing me.
My first national park of the trip! It's an amazing year to visit the national parks because it's the Centennial! I fumbled through entering the park (left my pass packed in the back of the Subaru, didn't know where I was going etc.) but MAN was it beautiful once I got on Skyline Drive. Anyone who has ever been in a car with me when there are scenic views knows that I basically transform into a 5 year old, awed by nature's beauty like I've never seen a tree before. Needless to say, I was a mess. There was a lot of pulling over for pictures and exclaiming loudly.
Asheville LOVES food and I love Asheville. Every single thing I ate here was unbelievably delicious. I would go to breakfast and think it was the best meal of my trip thus far... and then lunch would come around...and then dinner and so on and so forth until my stomach was ready to explode. This is the type of place that makes me want put every single person I love into a giant baby bjorn and take them everywhere with me. It was the first time being alone felt like a detriment. I kept wanting to share these food experiences with someone else. I wanted to say "This is SO good" after every bite. So I did! To the server, the bartender, the person sitting next to me, the universe... and now the internet. Seriously guys, it was all SO good.