Last weekend, my husband, Steve, and I went for a hike at Black Balsam off the Blue Ridge Parkway - it had been so long since we'd been for a nice walk that wasn't just in the neighborhood! Black Balsam is about one hour away from Asheville, south on the Parkway.
Since we'd just gotten back in town the day before from having visited family in Georgia for Thanksgiving, we had a seriously bare kitchen. We decided to try out Taco Billy, a new place in West Asheville I'd heard of for having great breakfast tacos, and it became our new favorite breakfast place! Wow was it delicious, fresh and inexpensive - my entire meal, including a cup of strong coffee and a taco, was around $5. My taco was comprised of a homemade "tortilla" made from plantains, filled with avocado, scrambled eggs, sweet potatoes and spinach, topped with the BEST green salsa ever.
I was thinking that since all the leaves have fallen, and the weather was overcast, that it wouldn't be necessarily visually satisfying, but at least I'd get exercise and fresh air AND get away from the computer. I was pleasantly surprised by what I found. There were still blue mountain ranges in the distance, creeping cedar on the ground, green rhododendron lined paths and golden grasses. We walked for about 2 1/2 hours (the Art Loeb trail to the Ivestor Trail), and followed it up with a nap and dinner at home. Perfect.