Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Asheville, NC part II

 Although we've visited the Grove Park in before there were a few things we hadn't seen yet.  One was a set of gardens and a art / furniture display.

Some of the wood furniture on display was really cool although entirely beyond my price range.

They also have a collection of old cars which was cool.
The view from the Grove Park Inn is really nice.  It is perched up high on a hill with spectacular mountain views.

We did a drive-by of a house I saw online that had a similiar view nearby.  But the road the house was on was scary and twisty and complicated. We almost couldn't get the truck back out the way we went in.

One night we drove out in the national forest to visit the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute.  They were having an open observation night.  They had several telescopes setup that pointed at various things over the course of the night.

My phone took this picture of the moon through one of the telescopes.
 I saw some things I've never seen before which blew my mind. Like a globular cluster threw the biggest telescope they had setup (not shown).

Overall it was fu although chilly and a little chaotic.  Operators would move the scopes to point at things but kind of randomly and there was no overall coordination of the program. Still it was pretty cool.
Wilson's campground is right on the river next to a huge park. It really is great for walking the dog but it also great for activities.

One day there was a doggy 5K with hundreds of dogs and people running and a festival.

Saturday there was a rugby match which watched.

We had actually planned on hitting a festival at the giant Sierra Nevada Brewery Campus but never made it.

One of the things I like about Asheville is how much stuff is going on and how easy it is. 

Back home there might be something at Harpoon Brewery but if you don't pre-buy tickets a month early you ain't getting in. 
Tucker likes Rugby too, although he likes other dogs who are also watching Rugby more.

We ended up eating out a lot and also drinking our a lot!  There were new donut places to visit and some old favorites like White Duck Tacos! Yumm.

And we caught a movie "The Death of Stalin" a comedy altough it was just ok.

We spent a whole 7 nights here to get the discounted week rate and still there are plenty of things we still wanted to do.

But it was time to keep moving!

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