My Mini- Vaca Last Week

Well I actually must say that I missed the randomness that matters to me that makes up this blog last week. I headed home Wednesday Afternoon to visit my family, bring some stuff home that was crowding my tiny apartment, and then headed to a friend’s Bridal Party on Saturday in Wingate!

I loved being home. I got to see my mom who is on her way to being done with all of her surgeries from fight with breast cancer from early 2012 (she kicked it’s A$*) !!! I got to see my dad and my grandmother. And most of all I got to see my all my amazing friends Saturday/Sunday up at Wingate.

The Bridal Party was amazing. It reminded me of life back in college expect not having to wake up for class the next morning! Here is the picture of the girls which really made that party amazing…

Me on the left, LL, Bride, DN, and BM!

Me on the left, LL, Bride, DN, and BM!

So now that I am back in Cullowhee and recovered from my mini-vaca, back to blogging. Which this week will include an impromptu book case I made built last night! So keep a look out for that, a new recipe (or two) and of course some conservation and preservation posts!

-Caitlyn

Vance Birthplace – Weaverville, NC

So the BF had to visit a historic site for his history class, which lead us a hour up the road to Weaverville, NC and the Vance Birthplace. This site’s most famous Vance relative is Zeb Vance, who as elected to his first public office at the age of 24. He served in the N.C. House of Commons and the U.S. House of Representatives and was elected governor three times.

Overall, I enjoyed the place, the buildings on the grounds were amazing. The tour guide we had, Scott(?) was probably the best part. He was a intern working there, who majors in History and Religion and grew up in the region. He mentioned before the tour that he loved to talk, but we enjoyed it because they were all funny stories!

So here are some pictures from the site! Hope you enjoy and visit there if you can!

Front porch of the main house, the BF and I.

Front porch of the main house, the BF and I.

The spring house!

The spring house!

Looking back up to the house

Looking back up to the house

The smoke house

The smoke house

The main house

The main house

Card Case!

Card Case!

Amazing sculpture/wall hanging inside the museum

Amazing sculpture/wall hanging inside the museum

The BF posing for his picture!

The BF posing for his picture!

Local Farmers Market on Saturday!

So in the next town over (Sylva NC) there happens to be an amazing Farmers Market every Saturday from April-October. I try to take full advantage of all this during it’s open season. This Saturday the rain finally stopped so BF and I ventured out to the Market. It is getting to the time when there is  more produce available, which is what I go there to buy. There is always other local specialities such as pottery, homespun yarn, spices (something new and something I will be trying out), soaps and cheeses! This little market is amazing, I love it. The people are always super nice and always willing to talk to you, while your browsing the goods.

This week was a light trip for us. All together I got 4 yellow squash (@ 4 for $1) and one pound of green beans ($1.50). This to me is always amazing considering at the local grocery store, I always manage to spend atleast $15 in the produce section, but with the Farmers Market I can get everything for the week for around $8 and its all local and fresh.

So until the next trip to the market, enjoy some photos of what everyone is missing out on!

The nice man that I got my squash from.

The nice man that I got my squash from.

The squash and green beans that I got!

The squash and green beans that I got!

Part of the Farmers Market

Part of the Farmers Market

Franklin NC July 4th ( really 6th) Fireworks

So with all the rain the week of July 4th, all the local festivities were postponed! So on Saturday ( when we thought the rain was done) , we ventured to Franklin NC to watch fireworks with some of the other Chemistry Graduate students that are around this summer.

Here are some pictures from the night, which went on even though there was a downpour till 9ish!

Fireworks

Fireworks

The BF enjoying the break in the rain

The BF enjoying the break in the rain

Finally glad the rain stopped and the fireworks started!

Finally glad the rain stopped and the fireworks started!

More fireworks

More fireworks

Whitewater Rafting (TN) and Ocoee Whitewater Center (’96 Olympics)

On June 29th the BF and I ventured to do something that we love, whitewater rafting! The first two times that we did this (way back in ’08 & ’09) we drove over 7 hours to do the trips ( one way and  all in one day). So now living in the lovely mountains of Western North Carolina, whitewater rafting trips are less than a hour away.

The place that we went to was about 2.5 hours and was a Groupon (can’t beat half price!) Meet Adventures Unlimited the rafting company that we went with. I highly recommend this place to anyone looking for excellent guides and a fun time. This had to be the best trip that I had been on so far. The river trip that we went on is called the Classic Middle Ocoee River, a Class III and IV and takes about 2.5 hours to go down the river. This trip started off on a Class IV rapid, which meant that this was going to be a awesome time. Our guide was a guy named Trent ( go with him if you go). A awesome thing about being a twosome for the trip is we always get to meet some hopefully fun people for our boat. This time we definitely got really lucky we had a awesome guide and  the others in the boat with us were a set of triplets and a sister from Alabama. One of them couldn’t swim  she was a little scared (eventually even hopped in the water for the calm part of the river) but in the end we all had a fun time.

At the end of the trip we got into some dry clothes and hit the road. We made a stop to see the Ocoee Whitewater Center (about 20 mins from where we started out river trip) which was home to the world’s first Olympic whitewater event on a natural river (’96 Games in Atlanta). It was amazing to see how difficult the stretch of river looked, could only imagine watching the Games there. So after this short stop, we were back on the road again!

This was a fun trip, I would do it again (probably the full river trip though) and recommend this to anyone in the area!

The pictures below are some of the ones taken while rafting and at the Ocoee Whitewater Center,  Enjoy!wwrafting

The BF and I are the two in the very front of the raft!