I did leave for our trip to North Carolina with the full intentions of keeping a daily log of what we were doing, but somewhere after kicking off our third day after my retirement, I decided I would save that for after we start the cross country trip this summer.
The final driving leg of the trip on Friday was good and despite finding a great Fabric and Pottery Discount shop in which we loaded the back of our Vue with 5-gallon clay planters and bolts of colorful fabric, we still arrived in Boone, NC ahead of schedule. We visited with other family members who had arrived for the wedding at the Green House Inn, a historic inn from the early 1800's, and managed to get Liam to take a nap before the wedding.
I had a great time meeting lots of Heather's cousins I had never met before and the bond was great enough that most of us went out for breakfast the next morning before heading on our ways home, but the greatest thrill for the trip came just a few minutes later when we vered off the main road and found a gorgeous little shop called GREEN MOTHER GOODS, where we discovered a great, environmentally sound community nestled in the Smoky Mountains. Heather spent 2 1/2 hours talking to one of the owners, who also happens to be a midwife. It was a great connection for her and Liam even walked away with a new pirate ship.
We returned and I spent Monday at a training session for LOVE AND LOGIC, so today, we took Liam on a trip to see the National Zoo. He is completely exhausted after a long metro train ride and hours in the park jumping with amazement at all of the animals.