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Busting Out All Over!

Posted on Jun 2, 2010 by Lisa Ricard Claro   8 Comments | Posted in Asheville · Blue Ridge Parkway · dog · North Carolina · Wright Inn

Happy June!

June is a wonderful summer month that gifts us with Father’s Day, June bugs, and blooming gardenias. This year, Joe and I celebrated its coming over the Memorial Day weekend with a wedding anniversary trip to Asheville, North Carolina.  That’s us in front of the sign at the Wright Inn, the bed & breakfast where we were spoiled for three days. I fussed about this pic because Joe is hiding behind my hair.  He told me to quit whining. So much for romance.

When our beach plans fell through we thought of Asheville where we had, many years ago, spent a fantastic family vacation. Our visit over the past weekend only reinforced our affection for this quirky little mountain city.

We cruised the Blue Ridge Parkway, hunted waterfalls and hiked.  We had so much fun I didn’t complain even once that the moist air Brillo-ed my hair, or grumble about my butt muscles aching from climbing mountain trails. (There are, like, actual muscles back there. Who knew? And where are they usually?) 

When not discovering aching body parts about which I was previously unaware, we explored downtown Asheville.  The stores and restaurants are unique and the people pleasant. Also, Asheville is an unusually dog friendly city.  Leashed dogs visit stores and curl up by their owners’ feet at outdoor cafes.  As dog lovers, this feature of a city we have grown to love only serves to enhance our desire to return.

In the meantime, June is, as Rodgers and Hammerstein so aptly put it, busting out all over! Asheville or Atlanta, June doesn’t care. She is bursting with explosive colors and heady, sweet scents, and demanding that we bask in her glow.

Off to bask –

8 Responses to "Busting Out All Over!"

  1. Comment by irishoma
    June 2, 2010 at 11:21 pm  

    Lisa,Happy anniversary and happy June. Thanks for posting your lovely photos. I love gardenias, too.Donna

  2. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    June 2, 2010 at 11:32 pm  

    Hi Donna -My husband took the scenic photos; it was really gorgeous up there in the mountains. Gardenias are so distinctive. I love lilacs, too, but haven't found them here in Atlanta. My grandmother had lilac bushes in Massachusetts and I remember the fragrance so well. It is one of my favorites.

  3. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    June 3, 2010 at 8:08 am  

    Lisa, Happy anniversary. I love the pictures, am jealous of how tiny you are, love the way you convey images through words, and laughed out loud about the butt muscles. Gardenias, ahh!

  4. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    June 3, 2010 at 12:52 pm  

    Linda – You know what? My butt is STILL sore! LOL I guess I need to consider it "conditioning" and keep up the hiking. Thanks for the kind words, and I ditto your ahh!

  5. Comment by Lynn
    June 4, 2010 at 12:01 pm  

    That looks like a beautiful place – I want to go now! And where do those butt muscles hide?

  6. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    June 4, 2010 at 1:05 pm  

    It really is a gorgeous place, and I want to go back at first opportunity. The butt muscles? Apparently, they are camaflauged under a lot of chunk!

  7. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    June 4, 2010 at 1:41 pm  

    The Beneficent Mr. Hall and I made an Asheville trip…but we didn't hike. As I recall, we watched minor league baseball and enjoyed adult beverages. And I came home with my butt feeling pretty much the same. I'm just saying…;-)

  8. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    June 6, 2010 at 11:06 pm  

    Braggart…LOL No baseball for us, but we felt it our duty to sample the adult beverages. Any one of them might have been poisoned, you know, and we needed to step forth and taste for the greater good. I'm happy to report all adult beverages sampled were just dandy.

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