The Charms of East Tennessee

Today was just wonderful wonderful wonderful. 🙂 I woke up, in a strange house, after numerous strange, trippy dreams, and I was slightly concerned that it was a bad omen for things to come. So when I finally emerged from my bedroom, I was a little wary, but before I knew it I was chatting away with Scott, eating cheerios with soy milk, and planning our day.

An hour later, we were all (Scott, Laura and I) on our way out the door to take a boat ride. We drove about 10 minutes away, put the boat in the lake, and took a delightful trip. The first thing we did was rescue a a guy on his dead skeedo, which was fun, and he was very much a redneck. I even got called “a damn yankee” for the first time in my life, so that was fun.

The boat ride was amazing, and wonderfully relaxing. We went down a side river that never gets any traffic for some reason, and saw turtles and birds and old civil war bridges, and life was ridiculously good. I adored the feeling of my hand trailing in the water, my eyes closed, and the wind against my face and body. Yum yum.

Afterwards, we relaxed at home for a while, then went over to Scott’s friends’ property, about 45 minutes away in the mountains. There, I got to take pictures, and we took a walk around the mountain property, with it’s random cabin and outhouse and porch. We had brought the four little dogs they own with us, and they were ridiculously cute. Afterwards, two of Scott’s friends showed up, and we all sat around on the porch of the little cabin they had built with their own hands, had a few beers, and talked about everything and nothing. It was ridiculously simple, and absolutely amazing. If I could explain it, I guess it would only take away it’s beauty, but let me tell you… all in all, one of the best days I’ve ever had. 🙂

Charlotte St, Asheville, NC

My time in Asheville has been time well spent – nothing too involved or busy, simply good conversation and good people.

I’m glad I reached out through the couchsurfing site again, since Chris is a great guy, and it’s been wonderful to get to know him a little. I was ridiculously grateful to spend hours talking with him last night, about everything and nothing, until 3 in the morning. It was everything I needed, and more. I had been about at the point where I would have paid someone to have an intellectually stimulating conversation with me.

I spent today tagging along, eating Chris’ delicious veggie burgers and brewing beer. You know, the usual Friday afternoon. 😛