Lake Lure, Day 1

From Oct 7….

Our first day in Lake Lure looked like this…..with that big giant hurricane on top of us.

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We had expected the rain but still weren’t excited about it.  We woke up, cooked a delicious breakfast, saw a dozen turkeys cross the yard, and the headed to downtown Chimney Rock.  Lilli saw Chimney Rock…..kinda

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There it is…in the clouds….

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We knew the rest of our trip would have great weather so we walked around some of the trails close to the shopping district.

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The great thing about traveling with Aunt Nancy is having some actual family photos!

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Abbi wasn’t super thrilled about it, but that’s nothing new!

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We did get a good one of the girls!

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The water was really pretty, but it was so muddy and the rocks so slick, and the rain was really coming down that we didn’t stick around there too long.

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We’d seen a “gem mine” and the girls begged to try it.  We’ve never done anything like that and it was dry and kid friendly so we decided to give it a go.

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I’m so glad we did because it was one of their favorite memories of the trip.  They both LOVED it.  It was really inexpensive and they gave you a bucket of sand and some screens to sift through.  They had really fun gems in there of all sizes and the girls would get so excited about their “gemstones”.

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We really did end up with quite a few nice things.

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From there we shopped the downtown stores and enjoyed all the fun crafts.  I bought Abbi a truck and she drove it all over Lake Lure.  Ugh.  You do what you gotta do sometimes….

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And up the street………

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We had a really nice lunch at a cafe in downtown Chimney Rock and of course it was still storming.  Rain rarely stops us so we got umbrellas and took a hike around the Lake. We’d been dying for a closer view of it since we arrived and figured we might as well get a little wet!

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The mountains were pretty in the distance, even with all the rain and clouds.

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The walking path…..

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By this point – we were SOAKED.  Just down to the bone SOAKED.

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And this was when Aunt Nancy realized her waterproof jacket was no longer waterproof.  It really was raining THAT hard.  It was a hurricane after all…..

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We got back, changed into cozy PJs, cooked a delicious dinner, and played Ipad on the porch.  It was nice to just relax and enjoy the sounds of nature…..and more rain.

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