Since the skies were just overcast we headed on down the Interstate a bit to Black Mountain. It is such a cute little town with an absolutely delightful downtown. Roy took a lot of pictures, but I will spare you. While he took pictures, I looked around several antique shops. We had seen an old time hardware store on Main Street, so we headed that way and were so happy we did. It had other things besides hardware. Lots of retro games along side digital ones.
Roy loved the glass bottle soda water display. This is one of several shelves. Lots of old time board games too.
After we spent time looking around in Black Mountain we headed toward Montreat. I so wish I could find Dottie Laas and tell her I finally got to Montreat and they didn't kick me out because I am Baptist. It is a Presbyterian retreat center and Billy Graham's home. Word must have gotten out that we were there because he came and greeted us by the Coke Machine...uh...no, that didn't happen. Well, the Diet Coke thing happened but not the Billy Graham thing. A side note, Roy has discovered CheerWine. No he didn't go all alcoholicie or anything, but it is made in North Carolina. Kind of like how Dr Pepper used to be in Texas. Back to Montreat, it is beautiful! The stone buildings, the beautiful southern styled homes and the beginnings of fall colors on the foliage.
This is the entrance. Beautiful stonework.
I am so glad I didn't see Roy doing this, but he leaned over the falls to take this picture.
I believe I have found my new church home...Church of the Prodigal. Although sometimes in the big picture prodigals can become the older brother. I still stand by my reasoning that I would identify more with the fatted calf. Hmmm....I wonder if Sunday after church they serve fatted calf along with some fatted fried chicken, fatted green beans and fatted biscuits?
The time was drawing closer to our last day....we kept it kind of open like we had on Monday with the exception that instead of doing the Segway like he did on Monday, he did the river rafting on the French Broad River on Friday. I rafted on the shuttle over to the house where I did some last minute shopping. I am enamored with the whole loose tea thing, so I got a cute pink and white teapot. All the Vanderbilt brands were a little too pricey for my liking. Then I got some sugar cube tongs, little tiny spoons and tea infusers that sit on top of the cup.
After Roy's rafting trip, we decided to go on the tour of the west side of the estate in the afternoon. I am so happy that we had done most of our packing, condensing of bags and repacking Thursday night.