In the last month we’ve been on the road a lot. We spent a week in Utah, heading to National Parks and hanging out Salt Lake City. But we’ve put some miles on the car attending some destination weddings throughout the south and east.
The first was in Asheville about a month ago. It was the union of two friends I met while at Emory. We headed up to one of our favorite mountain towns early on Saturday and spent a few hours eating and walking around and hitting up a great store in town. Before I get too far ahead, I should mention that we had a brief shopping spree at the outlet malls on the way up to outfit ourselves. Dress codes have varied for these events and we’re always feeling less than certain in our attire. For this wedding Lauren picked up a new dress that turned out to be the same as the bridsmaids’ only in a different color. The wedding was on a farm outside Asheville in Weaverville. It was a beautiful setting and very laid back. The ceremony was in a field surrounded by hills and there was an old barn where we ate and outside of which our dinner was smoked for hours. There were also tons of activities like a big soccer game, horseshoes, smores-making, and even game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals (and that’s all I’ll say about that). It was a great event.
Two weeks later we set off for Kiawah Island, outside Charleston, SC. Pre-trip emails confirmed that this would again be a semi-casual affair, no jacket or tie required. We carpooled with another work friend of Lauren’s and were staying in a condo on an adjacent island. Both islands were operated like compounds with restricted access and we felt like VIPs. The ceremony was held on the green of a country club and looked out on the sunset over the reeds. The wedding had a live band and excellent food. I, unfortunately was one of three people to be without a suit. On the short ride back to the condo, my glasses fell off the dashboard and out the window. They were run over by a car. The lenses are fine but one of the arms fell off. Then we nearly hit a road-crossing alligator. In the end we got to spend some time on the beach and had a good time with some new friends.
Next we headed to Utah for a week, but more on that in another post. This weekend we drove up to West Virginia for the wedding of two other Atlanta friends. This one was on the family farmhouse in the countryside. We stopped somewhere on Friday night to break up the drive. We had picked out a backcountry site at Crowder Mountain State Park, NC but decided to keep driving and find a car spot further north. We were able to land the last available spot at Claytor Lake State Park in Virginia. The weather and setting were perfect for the wedding yesterday and it was great to see a lot of friends we haven’t seen in awhile. We all wondered if Michael Jackson songs would be played and of course they were. The dance floor got packed when they came on. Nothing too crazy happened, we enjoyed ourselves and had a long drive back to Atlanta today.
I haven’t grown tired of all this traveling yet. It’s fun to have new destinations and things to do and seeing your friends get married and helping them celebrate is always fun. I have yet another couple weekends of roadtrip left in me, as I set off to MI next weekend and drive back to Atlanta the week after that. I’ll be sure to post more about the trip once it happens.