Fourth of July. It’s one of my favorite holidays that consists of good food, great people, and new memories. Seeing as I’m not #Preppy enough to pack up my L.L. Bean Boat and Totes and rent a house for a couple of weeks in #ACK or Martha’s Vineyard to celebrate America’s birthday, I went the opposite direction and headed South. What did my weekend consist of? BBQ, mountain biking, and blasting off fireworks from our back patio. #Redneckism
I’ll be honest, mountain biking was probably the most miserable thing my Mother has made me do in awhile. I really don’t know what she was thinking when she signed us all up knowing good and well that Mother Nature and I aren’t on good terms. The whole experience lasted a solid three hours that involved me dropping the f-bomb about a million times as I biked over roots and rocks asking God to not let me die in such a tragic setting.
After coming within inches of crashing into a tree a couple of times, I decided it wasn’t worth the risk of face-trama (already have problems in that department as it is) and ended up walking next to my Father whose face looked like the color of Nantucket Reds as he (and I) plotted how he was going to lecture my Mom on how stupid of an idea this was. In his words, “If I ever want to die I now know what activity to do.”
I would be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy the experience a little (as in the first five minutes), but all of my anger disappeared (unlike the scratches, bruises, and gashes on my legs and arms) when I came across the most ADORABLE puppy in the parking lot. If the owners weren’t so nice, I would have probably stolen the leash and biked back into the forest of hell with puppy in hand…but alas, that did not happen.
With that “family bonding” experience (sorely) over, the rest of the weekend was pretty tame. Per usual, we had some awesome meals and stopped into some cool places that I’ve snapshotted below. I know there’s a number of you all that are from the Asheville area so if you know of any hidden gems please comment below.
Saltiness and sarcasm aside, this past Fourth was pretty awesome. It was nice to spend some quality time with my family and hang out with two of my friends who braved the trip. Times like these remind you of what’s important in life and to just enjoy whatever comes your way. While this past weekend may not have been so #glamorous or Instaworthy as others, it definitely beat walking around some crowded island with a bunch of tourists playing dress-up. Here’s to the only whale on this trip being me on a mode of transportation I shall not be operating at any point in the near future…
The Screen Door
Every time I go to Asheville, I stop into The Screen Door. It’s totally bizarre, but I’ve found some of the coolest things in that place. This visit’s find? A Downton Abbey coffee cup with one of the best quotes from the Dowager Countess. Can’t believe the show ends after this coming season…my Sunday evenings shall never be the same. #RIPDownton…you constantly make me curse my ’94 birth year.
Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack
If you love fried chicken (and are looking to clog up your arteries) you need to go to this place. I’ve eaten my fair share of chicken in my twenty-one years on Earth and Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack is definitely in the top five. It’s cheap, local, and will fill you up for the entire day. I recommend the leg platter with the “Sweetum Sauce” – it’s heavenly.
This is the first time I tried this place and the breakfast was out of this world. The interior reminds me of something out of Berkely, California, but the food is 100% Southern Soul. We had to wait to get a table, but it’s well worth it. Make sure you get the beignets – you’d be a fool not to.