Well, I’m back from vacation and wow do I really not want to be here. I want to be back in my hotel room taking naps in the afternoon and watching the History channel (Seriously, I know everything I ever wanted to know about the Titanic and Christopher Columbus). Yes, I could do that stuff at home, but then I’d feel guilty about it. On vacation there is no guilt.
Anyway, North Carolina was stunning. We literally got there The Week The Leaves Changed. If you don’t believe me check out my photoblog where I’m posting some of the 500 pictures I took. It would have been nice to be able to go to the concert like we wanted, but we still had a good time.
Day 1 was Old Salem (click picture to see it up close). It’s the historical part of town and you can look around in the houses that have all the period furniture/decorations/tools, etc. Plus people in the clothes telling you about each place and the people that lived there. In addition that was the Museum of Decorative Arts (I could only think of my History of Decorative Arts teacher and how she would have gone batshit there) and the Museum of Antique Toys. That was a big day. My boyfriend really only liked the toy museum and I think he was fairly bored for the rest, but he was a trooper and didn’t complain.
Day 2 was the Science Museum. It was pretty much a kids museum and I’m very glad that we went after lunch because one of the museum workers mentioned there had been 500 kids earlier in the day. It also would have been better to go in the Spring or Summer because there was an environmental park, but since it was cold outside all the butterflies, hummingbirds and ducks were gone. But there were otters. They were really attention starved, too. We were the only people out there and they were jumping around and doing tricks. It was really cute. There were some deer and farm animals, too, but they weren’t as cool as otters. They pretty much just stood there looking bored. (I would be if I were them.)
The part I liked the best about the museum was the Planetarium. The scientist/astronomer/whatever he was (he had on a lab coat) who did the show was really funny and it was quite informative for a show aimed at small kids.
Day 3 was an art museum/house. Basically it was this big commune from the early 1900’s. The guy was uber rich and built his family their own little town inside a town, pretty much (it had a store, post office, gardens, farms, houses for all the workers, etc.). Now they’ve turned the main house into an art museum. There were a few nice art pieces, but mainly it was the house that was amazing. Note that the picture I took is not the entire house. That is THE ENTIRE FRONT ROOM OF THE HOUSE. (Which is open up to the top floor that has a balcony all around.) There is large office on one side and dining room and kitchen on the other as well as some other random rooms that rich people need. To say this place is sprawling is an understatement.
The basement had: a pool table, a bowling alley, a shooting gallery, courts for that game where you bounce a ball off the wall (forgot what it’s a called), an indoor pool and full bar. AND. And, the floor of the entire basement was made of the same material that skating rink floors are made of, so they could skate all over it! Can you imagine? That was just the basement! The rest of the house was gorgeous (they had their own organ!). The entire attic was basically the closet for the wife (who pretty much ran the place since the rich husband died soon after they finished building the house) Outside there was a giant green house and beautiful gardens. Even in November there were lots of pretty flowers outside. Though I imagine it’s much more stunning in Spring/Summer.
Day 4 we drove down to Maggie Valley, NC, which is a small touristy town right by the Smoky Mountains. We got a hotel for one night and pretty much the only thing we did that day was drive around on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The parkway was stunning though, and there were tons of places to stop and take photos of the mountains. We were going to go to Ghost Town in the Sky the next day before we left but decided that the admission price was too much considering we weren’t all that excited to go.
That’s pretty much it. The drive home seemed to take much longer than the drive up (both about 9 hours). I don’t know why. But we did stop in Savannah, where we used to live, and ate dinner in our favorite restaurant. That was pretty awesome.
All-in-all a really nice, relaxing vacation. It was kind of a wake-up call, too. Being in another state (one that both my boyfriend and I agree we would move to if we had the choice) made us realize how much we hate Florida. I have the luxury of a job where I can live anywhere, but my boyfriend is not so lucky. But it’s actually made him make some progress in rectifying the situation and he’s now looking for jobs elsewhere. I’m hoping by the time our lease runs out next year, we can have some sort of plan for getting out of this hell hole. If not, I guess there’s always vacation.