On March 24th the Mrs. and I will celebrate 48 years of wedded bliss--to each other! And that's a truly wonderful milestone! As we have done for sooooo many years, we managed once again to get away from the routine and sneak off for a little honeymooning. We haven't managed to do that as often in the last few years as we did back when I was WORKING for a living, but we were able to scrape together enough retirement funds for a short little trip. This year we chose to ride up to Asheville, North Carolina for a few days. We walked the hills and valleys in the streets in town, being the little "shopping tourists" in the historic downtown area (and there were HUNDREDS of little artsy shops everywhere!). But it didn't take us long to figure out those long hills, covered with soooooo many people bumping shoulders at every turn, just wasn't for us. It was interesting, and lots of cute things in the shops, but we jumped in the car and escaped for an afternoon cruising along the Blue Ridge Parkway (top speed 45mph). We stopped at the "welcome center" and also a "folk art exhibition center" along the parkway, and those were a lot more interesting to us. All in all, we chalked this trip up as another great little get-away, and came back with just a few pictures to remember the occasion. If you look closely at this one, you can see the tiny houses 3,000+ feet below us on the valley floor. And some guy was burning rubbish in his back yard!