Day 4 ⫸ DuPont State Forest
7 miles ◈ 400ft elevation gain ◈ 3 waterfalls
On day 4 it’s time to increase the difficulty! DuPont State Forest is busting with waterfalls, so my hope was that I could distract Grant from the distance by some cool scenes to look at and explore. We started with the High Fall Loop Trail home to Triple Falls and High Falls. High Falls was busy, but probably our favorite of the day. Grant even tried to get in the falls, but he soon realized it was way too powerful! After the loop we continued on for another few miles passing Lake Julia on our way to Bridal Veil Falls, where we finally had a waterfall to ourselves ? It was a little eerie though when we read the sign in front of the falls that said, “DANGER! Serious injury and death have occurred here” ?
Day 5 ⫸ Explore West Asheville
coffee ◈ bookstore ◈ restaurants ◈ shopping
After the long hike yesterday and the even longer hike tomorrow, it’s time for another rest/remote work day. Today’s destination, West Asheville! This is definitely the hip part of town where I bet most of the millenial have ended up. Our work spot for the day was Summit Coffee Co. located in a awesome graffitied building in the River Arts District. It was the perfect coffeeshop for a few hours of work with ample outlets and plenty of indoor & outdoor seating. After completing enough work to feel accomplished, we drove down the street to have lunch at West Ashville Lounge and Kitchen, a cute restaurant/bar in the middle of some adorable shops filled with artisan goods. I’m not sure if we were cool enough to be there, but no one kicked us out ? And, can you believe we saw ANOTHER person we knew from Lakeland here!