We left this past Thursday, and enjoyed a beautiful drive over the mountains through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, while heading to Spartanburg for a few days to attend the opening for the Blossom ~ Art of Flowers, being exhibited at the Spartanburg Art Museum. We enjoyed doing a book signing, featuring our book “Exquisite Miniatures” at the opening alongside David Wagner with his book “American Wildlife Art”. After talking with those attending and enjoying the live jazz music we went for a late dinner with several artist friends to a lovely restaurant. As usual we were entertained with great stories resulting in many laughs and good memories!
Friday was spent mostly with friends, David and Neli Wagner, enjoying some of the local sights. We had a nice lunch at an Irish restaurant, and walked around the downtown area taking in a few of the local galleries. Upon leaving there we drove to a couple of the local colleges that were showcasing a few of the sculptures from the Brookgreen Gardens collection. It was a great pleasure as the grounds of the colleges were immaculate and filled with beautiful specimens of large, old trees and flower gardens! Later that evening we enjoyed a gathering with local artists and a delicious dinner afterwards at a wonderful Thai restaurant.
We started for home on Saturday, with Dave and Neli following us. We made a quick stop first thing at the very large Krispy Krème doughnut shop there. Wes and I really enjoyed our doughnuts, as we had not had one in quite a long time. My angel crème filled doughnut with their signature chocolate fudge icing on top was most delicious! With a serious sugar high, we headed for Townsend. Along the way we hiked to a gorgeous waterfall, enjoyed a picnic lunch beside a stream, then walked the trail to the top of Clingmans Dome tower. With the fairly nice weather, we were afforded quite a view, and with the breeze it was very cool.
We took in a couple of other stops on the way and enjoyed dinner at our local Pizza Hut later that evening. Sunday, we all hiked to one of our personal favorite waterfalls. We had the trail to ourselves, and enjoyed walking up the winding trail, through tunnels of Mountain Laurel in peak bloom, giving us the sensation of being transported to a fairytale land! It most beautiful and even after the rain rewarded us with its sweet fragrance. The waterfall was in full splendor as it roared while cascading gracefully down to the pool below. We absorbed the awesome experience for a bit and headed for our next adventure. The Middle Prong trail was beautiful as usual and we were spared from the rains until we were about five minutes from the car. All of a sudden as we were walking happily along, the bottom fell out and down came a major torrential downpour! We were all half soaked before we could get our rain coats and ponchos on. We hiked the rest of the trail walking down a temporary river bed and laughing at the entire scene!
We returned home and dried off and then enjoyed a dinner filled with great conversation and tons of laughter! We saw Dave and Neli off this morning after a pancake breakfast, as they headed for D.C. for Dave to do another book signing.
Our precious little doves continue to grow and do so as they stay close to our house. They spend most of their time either underneath the Holly bushes in front of our bedroom window, or on the front deck rails in the shade of the Redbud, waiting for mom and dad to come and feed them. Wes and I both have been blessed to witness this feasting process as the two siblings fight for their turns. Mommy Carolina Wren continues to sit on her nest on the back porch, with her mate checking on her occasionally and bringing her treats. The birds enjoy their daily peanut crunchies and Ms. Shrew had a major feast of pecan crunchies this evening.
Until next time ~ Rachelle 🙂