Y'ALL NOT GONNA SEE THIS IN IOWA!
I'm not gonna lie. I could move down here.
It was really Chimney Rock State Park that did it for me. We drove from Asheville after eating (again) at T's newest and most favoritist (okay, not a word) restaurant (I'm talking Louella's BBQ) to Chimney Rock State Park. So breathtaking. We hiked up to Chimney Rock.
Then. I talked Terry and Eden into moving on up...1,500 feet or so.
In the end we climbed the equivalent of 46 stories (which is half of the Empire State Building). Seriously Heidi had nothing on me at this point. I could have crested the mountain and kept on going singing and herding sheep all the way.
Did I mention Terry and Eden?
They did great but they were pretty much done. While I was excitedly chirping about heading down the skyline trail to a waterfall, they looked at me with dead eyes. Zombies. I capitulated. But it was okay. It was late. The park was closing. We realistically could not get there and back in time.
We are going the distance, BABY!
We also rode the rapids on the French Broad River.