We are visiting The Podlesneys! Bob's sister Danielle and her family live in Hendersonville, North Carolina. We spent a week camped in their driveway at their beautiful house. It is so green here. Everywhere. We've enjoyed so much just relaxing around the house, playing with cousins Zane and Curren, seeing the chickens, swinging on the swings and hanging out on their "beach".
We had a bonfire and smores one night.
One day they took us on a perfect little hike at Perry N Rudnick Art and Nature Trail. It is a lovely, flat, and beautiful hike through the forest which is filled with odd and wonderful little art pieces and sculptures.
We explored Downtown Asheville and went to the Flow Festival. ("Do a Cost benefit analysis and you'll really see a quality flow tool is worth the money." Says the man selling $35 hula hoops)
Then we hung out and ate dinner at the quite impressive Deschutes Brewery. The gardens are beautiful and have games for adults and kids alike. The food was delicious. There are tours of the brewery but we didn't do them.
Bob and Greg went kayaking for Father's Day and then went backpacking for two days in the gorge.
Danielle took the kids and Zane and I to the Elijah Mountain Gem Mine. It was so fun! The kids each got a bucket of sand and got to work them in the running water to discover the hidden rocks found inside. They each ended up with a big baggie full of beautiful rocks. They also have a nice gift shop and the workers knew the name of all the rocks the kids had found.
The kids and I explored downtown Hendersonville. It is beyond cute. Tons of great little shops. And painted bear statues on the corners. We ate in Kilwins Ice Cream Shop and explored Mast General Store which is full of fun items (and old fashioned candy).
The kids earned a badge here. We watched a demonstration of goat cheese making.
One day Daniele and I got to spend the morning digging through the bins at the goodwill pay by the pound outlet. What a nice time.
One day Danielle took us to Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Monument. Carl Sandburg was a famous poet, hobo, folk musician and Lincoln Biographer. His wife was a famous goat breeder and farmer.
They moved to North Carolina in 1945. His home and farm is beautiful and was the first historical park for a poet. It is an amazingly tranquil place to walk around. It is free to explore the grounds You can tour the house (but we did not. $5 for adults)
In the summer high schoolers from all over come and join an acting company in Asheville. They perform plays about Sandburg's life and poems and his famous Ruttabagga Stories. We watched one of the performances. It was hilarious and so well done.
If you walk a bit from the house you can see the barns with the goats. They are all very friendly. We learned so much about goats and goat farming.
Danielle and Zane took us around Hendersonville another day. We ate pizza at amazingly delicious West First.
More time spent hanging out together. It was a wonderful visit. Thanks so much for having us Podlesneys.