Since my sister has started college at Appalachian State University, I have never taken the opportunity to go up and visit her in the mountains. Her college is in Boone, NC, and it took me and mom approximately four hours to get from Raleigh to Boone. It was a pretty good ride up, and I managed to stay awake the whole time, which is pretty impressive for me!
When we got there, we had lunch at this little place called Eat Crow, and it was soooo good! I don’t know how, but basically everywhere you eat in Boone is really good. I also got this apple pie for dessert, and it made my stomach so happy!
After we ate lunch, we decided to go to Grandfather Mountain. Grandfather Mountain is a famous mountain in North Carolina, because it has a swinging bridge that is a mile high (or 1.6 km). We used to go to the mountain as a family when me and my sister were very young, so I was happy to go back and revisit it.
When we arrived we got a cd to listen to as we drove up the mountain that would tell us all about the attractions. We first stopped to look at this viewpoint. The mountains are so beautiful!
Next, we stopped at the wildlife habitats. We got there just in time to see Cody the bear. The only reason why I knew his name was Cody was because the guy standing next to me used to work at this wildlife center, and he kept talking about the bear, and if Cody remembered him. I like eavesdropping haha.
After we looked at the wildlife habitats, we decided it was time to drive up to the Swinging Bridge. The further we got up, the windier the roads got. Mom and I almost had a heart attack many times, because my sister’s driving is scary!
We finally made it (alive!). I remember when I was little, I never could cross the bridge. I have always been afraid of heights, so I would try to go out a little ways, but I would always get scared and get off the bridge. Since I was little, I have been up the Grandfather Mountain once or twice and have crossed the bridge a few times. It’s just nice to know that I’m not afraid of everything like I used to be when I was young.
Thankfully, it wasn’t too windy, so the bridge wasn’t moving too much. We all crossed it, and climbed the rocks a little bit on the other side. The views from up here were so beautiful!
The weather started to look pretty bad, and we didn’t want to cross the bridge while it was raining, so we decided that now would be a good time to leave.
Before we left, I got an ornament for my ornament collection from the gift shop, so I could remember our trip. This is one of my favorite ornaments!
After we drove down the mountain (that was even scarier than driving up), we decided to walk around this little town called Blowing Rock. Boone, where my sister studies, is full of young people, but mainly older people live in Blowing Rock, and the town is so small and cute. We went into a few shops, and I found another cute ornament in a holiday shop. Let’s just say, I’m a little Christmas obsessed.
After walking around the town for a while, we ate dinner and headed out. I tried to stay awake on the way home, but that proved to be nearly impossible. I ended up sleeping the whole time, and when I woke up, I was back at NC State. Today was a great day! 🙂
5 Happy Things
- I’m happy that I got to Skype Mads before we started our journey to the mountains!
- The food at the lunch place was amazing, and I will never forget that pie.
- Grandfather Mountain was a lot of fun, and I’m happy we got to go as a family again.
- It was great to spend time with my mom and sister, since being at NC State, I don’t get to see them very often.
- I’m happy that I’m not afraid of anything anymore, and I’m able to do fun things like this! 🙂