Friday, April 20th - Asheville, NC
We were up early this morning and had the hotel breakfast. Most of it was okay, but part of it was just plain strange. Specifically, the eggs shaped into a preformed patty (like sausage). That's just not right!
After breakfast we met Michael, the maintenance man. He had to work on our leaking sink. I found the leak last night when I was barefoot and stepped on wet carpet. Awesome. He fixed the pipes and promised to bring in a fan for the day.
We left the hotel at 9:10 a.m. with the odometer showing 36,022. We headed to Biltmore Estate for the grand tour. Here I am just before entering the house. I was beyond excited to be there.
Of course, they do not allow photography in the house. Which was okay, because there is no way I could ever photograph the beauty of the place. Besides, not worrying about taking pictures allows you the time to focus on the tour.
We rented the audio tour headphones. It took us a little over three hours to complete the self-guided tour. There are 43 rooms and/or areas of the house you are allowed to visit. The Husband turned on his pedometer at the beginning of the tour. We walked 3/4 of a mile in the house! (I would love to return to Biltmore and take the behind-the-scenes guided tours.)
After the tour, we lunched at The Stables and shopped in the gift stores. We then drove to Antler Hill Village and toured The Biltmore Legacy exhibit. Afterwards, we enjoyed a bit of ice cream from The Creamery. By this time, it was almost 4:00 p.m.
Back to the hotel for a nap!
After a short nap, we headed to McCormick Field, home of the Asheville Tourists. Who did we meet immediately upon entering the ballpark? Why Ted E. Tourist, of course. Ted E. was excited to hear we were Driller's fans from Tulsa, since the Tourists are also associated with Colorado Rockies.
We found our seats and what did we see on the field? Another mascot named Mr. Moon. When Ted E. came by to check on us, I asked him "What's the deal with that other mascot? Who is the number 1 guy here?" Ted E. assured me it was him.
Mr. Moon came by to visit us later. The Husband looks a little concerned about two mascots, doesn't he?
Our dinner consisted of ballpark dogs, peanuts and beer. It was a perfect night for a game and the Tourists won. What a great end to our day.
Back to the hotel by 9:30 p.m. with the end of day odometer reading 36,048.