“Don’t confuse your path with your destination. Just because it is stormy now, doesn’t mean you aren’t headed for sunshine” - Unknown
We awoke from our mini-coma to the sound of rain dripping from the trees on to the outside of our tent. We decided to pack up, treat ourselves to a sit down breakfast. Julie from the campground who had checked us in, told us about a little diner The Grandview that was a stone’s throw from the grounds. So we decided to start our journey there. Egg-cellent choice. The people were nice, the service was amazing, and they even indulged my curiosity and explained what “Livermush” is, and for those of you who don’t know, it’s an amalgamation of liver and head parts ground up and shaped into a loaf. Kinda like Spam? It’s fried to be crispy, but sliced thick so it’s almost like a sausage patty. Learn something new every day. I opted to not go that route. Great coffee, great conversation, great meal, even greater price. $15 for two very fulfilling breakfasts. The best part was that by the time we were finished the rain had stopped! It was still extremely cloudy, but in the distance there were peaks of sunshine hiding behind the massive system of clouds.
Reinvigorated for the journey ahead we set off to stand a mile above sea level, in the clouds at Grandfather mountain. That’s where we met a lovely man who informed us that the mountain was closed due to wind. Disheartened, we decided to see if we could at least take a picturesque photo from a part in the valley below. The clouds, while finally drained of all their water, decided to keep the suspension bridge hidden from us. Accepting of the unfortunate unforeseen weather issue, we continued on our Journey to Winnabow, NC; our first family stop along the way. As if the world approved of our decision, the clouds began to part ways and fade more in to the mountains. Blessing us with 72-degree weather, and beautiful sunny skies on to our journey to North Carolina.
…and then it rained. Not just rained, thunder-stormed. It was if the sky cracked open and all the water in the world poured down. The sky lit up with lightening and rumbled above us. Thankfully, we caught this amazing storm on our GoPro.
Even better was the fact that we were driving through and away from the massive storm-front, and by the time we arrived at the Tamney family home we were dry. We were welcomed by Meghan, Larry, the beautiful Kylie, and the adorable pit-bull puppies (seven of them) and mama dog they were fostering. We had a lovely night out to dinner at the Fork-n-Cork, even though poor Kylie had a fever and an ear infection. The powers of Tylenol and Motrin helped her feel better while we were out and she began to try and feed french-fries to her mama. It's incredible how we start out tiny, helpless, dependant creatures, and push ourselves to become more. We are so grateful that we are able to spend this time exploring and seeing family on the way.
Next stop is Roswell Georgia, to see the Manusama family (to meet our newest family addition Maddox), and the recently controversial Stone Mountain.