John and I had an absolutely amazing time this weekend. Being that our time together just the two of us is limited with the little one on the way, we decided that we’d take a day trip to the mountains of NC to see the fall leaves, enjoy the weather, and hopefully bring home some yummy mountain goodness. It was definitely a success. We started Saturday by just driving the Blue Ridge Parkway, stopping at various overlooks, taking it all in. Josie (our rotten fur-baby) went with us and loved every minute of it. The weather was perfect…gorgeous blue skies, and crisp cool air.
After driving for a while we set the GPS for Boone, NC where we ate a late lunch/early supper at the Daniel Boone Inn. For those of you who’ve never been there, it’s a must. The food is all yummy country cooking- fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, stewed apples, etc- and served family style, all you can eat. And let me tell you, I ate all I could.
After stuffing our tummies we hopped back in the car and decided to take a drive near Grandfather Mountain, and the Linn Cove Via Duct.Unfortunately the sun was setting so I didn’t get any good pictures, but it was gorgeous. The Via Duct was the last part of the Blue Ridge Parkway that was completed, and most expensive because they didn’t want to mess up the natural landmark of Grandfather Mountain, which it runs along the back side of. It is a beautiful little stretch of roadway, but kind of scary looking out over nothing!!
And finally, after a long day on the road, full bellies, and a tired puppy, we headed back home. Not before we stopped and picked up some fresh mountain apples, homemade apple butter, and homemade blackberry jam. (Which we ate with our breakfast Sunday morning!)
Sunday afternoon we had our maternity photoshoot at a park nearby, which was so much fun. John is such a good sport when it comes to those things (I guess between engagement pictures, wedding pictures, and then my small obsession with taking pictures everywhere we go, he didn’t really have a choice!) I can’t wait to see the pictures, stay tuned for a post with them!