Today's theme is rain.
Our first stop was Biltmore Estate. Even in the gloom it's an amazing building. (That tiny speck, with the orange umbrella, is me.)
No picture taking was allowed inside, so all I have are lunch pics at the Stable Cafe - built inside the former stables (you guessed that, right?) Bison burgers and warm pimento cheese dip. Yummmmmmmm.
Driving off the estate took over 30 minutes.
The acreage may have downsized over the years (from 125,000 acres to "only" 8000 acres today)
but it's still an amazingly large, beautiful property.
driving over the mountains that divide N. Carolina and Tennessee.
Up until the time we moved to Georgia when I was about 10, my family spent every big holiday at Great-Granny's house in Elizabethton, TN.
I remember drinking Fresca and eating moon pies in her side yard,
and to this day blue hydrangeas make me think of her.
It's been over 50 years since I've been to Elizabethton, but I still remembered exactly how to get to her house - turn right at The Monument
then right again on Fourth St. Great-granny's house is on the left,
the Doe River is straight-ahead,
and my favorite covered bridge is just a bit up river, on the right.
Such powerful memories.