Our Roadtrip to Asheville, North Carolina

It was summer of 2016.

I made my mind up- I was head over heels in love with Wesley Leon Williams.

So, I decided to move back to Alabama. I told myself and everyone else that I was moving to launch my artist collective, SLUSH, but honestly he played a huge part in me deciding to move back there. (Oh, the things you do when you are young and in love.)

Since I am a lover of travel I decided that we should make a road trip out of this move. Wesley had never been to Maryland either- this gave him the perfect chance to come up. He got to see Maryland, I didn’t have to drive alone, and we got to explore together.

He flew into the Dulles Airport where I surprised him with balloons, candy, stuffed pretzels, and my presence. We spent a couple days going around Maryland. I showed him where I hangout and introduced him to my friends. This was the start to our kicka** road trip…

The next day, after picking him up, we headed to Baltimore. On the way, we saw a sign for this carnival and figured hey why not?

{My favorite thing about road trips is that you know the destination, but not what lies within it. You can drive and stop whenever you want. Spontaneous activities are the best activities. Road trips are definitely a way to live in the moment.} 

We enjoyed rides, funnel cakes, overly priced drinks, and Wesley won me a stuffed animal. (A true couples, carnival experience)

The next day we stopped in Virginia, in a random small town to explore their downtown area and catch breakfast at the local coffee shop.

After breakfast we hit the road to Asheville, North Carolina. I’ve heard nothing, but amazing things about Asheville- from the vibes and atmosphere to the views and activities. Boy, it really did live up to its reputation! I fell in love before even getting out of the car. It was such a rad place!

We stayed in a hostel– something I always wanted to try. This hostel had a camping space in their yard and we decided to camp out! We literally did not buy our tent until right before it was time to lay our head down to go to sleep. We truly went with the flow for everything on this trip. I promise you I have never felt as good as I did while on the road.

The hostel was magical. On our first day in Asheville, we went out exploring. When we got back, the campsite was filled with other campers. They were all friendly and in good spirits. It felt like party honestly. It was a very cool experience and I totally plan on staying at more hostels in the future.

Asheville was filled with lots of food, a comedy tour, walking into every art gallery and shop we passed, graffiti, a local brewery, and two tattoos (a peace sign on my finger and sunflower on my wrist)

“Adventure is worthwhile.” -Aesop

None of these activities were planned. Our hostel was in an area that was surrounded by restaurants and shops so after arriving we went out to catch a bite to eat. I then googled the location for the downtown area (my go to location in every town)

We hit downtown and roamed up and down the streets. As we were exploring, we came across artist playing music on the streets, lots of art, and this comedy tour.

 

The tour was not only fun because the tour guides acted out comedic scenes, but we met a family on the bus, who was heading to Alabama just like we were- same area and everything (small world) and we kicked things off with them like we had known them forever.

The tour took us all around Asheville- we literally saw everything! We even stopped at a local brewery for a tasting and to pick up a pack of beer. I learned that I am not a huge fan of beer, as Wesley would finish my drink every time.

 

We stayed two nights in Asheville, then hit the road again to Jacksonville, Florida. (Where Riley was conceived- just a little fun fact for ya)

Yes, we pulled over just so I could get my picture. (This was an adventure in itself)

We chose Jacksonville because Wesley had a good friend who lived there so this time was more of Wesley visiting rather than going on more adventures. It was still a load of fun hanging out. Wesleys friend had his girl with him so it was like a weekend double date.

One thing we did do, was hit the zoo. I hadn’t gone in such a long time! I got to touch a sting ray!!! Then we went out to eat at Joes Crab Shack, where I saw this parrot and just had to hold him.

Jacksonville was our last stop before heading to Alabama. Overall, this trip was a trip of a lifetime. Not only did we see and do many things, but Riley also came out of it. Next road trip, we will have our baby girl with us! We plan on seeing the world.

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” -Eleanor Roosevelt 

 

 

Check out our road trip vlog here.

Comments

  1. How fun! It will be so fun to travel with you child, too! We are about to take our 5 and 7 year olds on a New England road trip. Our goal – at some point – is to visit all 50 states. We’ll be knocking off six of them!

  2. That hostel sounds like a fun one. I love staying on campgrounds compared to hotels, but a hostel that is like camping sounds like a lot of fun! I love road tripping as well. My husband and I went last month from Alabama to Colorado, but it didn’t go as planned. Anyway, there is always next year! Oh by the way I am from Alabama and currently living here !!

  3. Looks like y’all had a lot of fun! I have never stayed at a hostel…sounds like a cool thing to try out. We visited Asheville earlier this summer and loved it!!

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