My friend Caitlin tweeted something that changed my plans.
She was in Paris (lucky lady) on her 10,000th day. She hadn't planned her trip around this milestone, but it was a lovely coincidence indeed. I'm attempting not to feel pangs of jealousy, but it's easy to bypass when said friend is deserving of fun things.
So, for the last few weeks I've been researching options. While I cannot meander around Paris (or anywhere outside of the U.S.), I thought it would be a swell idea to plan something, anything.
I'm definitely restricted by a budget, and while I pride myself on thinking outside of the box, this character trait doesn't always lend itself to planning trips. In fact, I don't think I'm always the best at this task. Maybe I become discouraged, or perhaps I don't know how to research properly, but I feel like I miss out on fun things when I visit a new city. That's not to say I've never done anything stellar in a town not my own, but I digress ....
Getting back to the task at hand. I gotta plan something. Here are a few options I'm considering, but not married to. Going on a hot air balloon is out, because I would need to sell an organ to afford it, and people, some of mine don't work well or at all, so my return wouldn't be worth the hassle. Here are the events/towns I managed to scrape up:
1. Hot Springs, NC
Hot Springs is not too far away from me, and I think trying out the hot mineral springs would be an interesting experience. The town seems to have plenty of charm. I don't know if this should be an overnight trip, or a day trip, but it could be cool (not in the springs though!). There's a brewery and many outdoor options, like white water rafting. There's only a few lodging options for two, but I saw many cabins that would be fun for a group. My step dad Jamie just visited the town not long ago, so I'm anxious to get his opinion on it.
2. Greenville, SC
People always tell me how much fun downtown Greenville is, and I would certainly love to visit. There's an art museum, plenty of good eats, and I'm imagining much more? This is the option I've invested the least amount of time in, but don't count it out. The previous statement is only true, because I just remembered it while compiling this list! Any suggestions would be helpful.
3. Wild West Comedy Festival in Nashville
The Ginge and I have wanted to see Aziz Ansari on tour for about a year, so I was thrilled to see he was performing somewhere within driving distance. However, he performs on May 15th, and I am making this about the exact day so .... while seeing him would be a lot of fun (and funny), I needed to find something for that Saturday ....
BJ Novak is performing on the 17th though, so that's a bit of a consolation. Plus, it's been two years since I've been to Nashville, and I'm pretty sure she's missed me. Also, I wanted to try out the amazing restaurants I heard about after the fact, the last time I visited.
We were just there, but it was just so much fun! My criteria for this day was to do something I've never done before, so I'm sure I could find something. I might have to coax the Ginge with Yoo-hoos or donuts to drive there again so soon, because it's definitely the farthest away. The traffic when we were driving into the city wasn't what dreams are made of, but that was 1/20th of our experience there. (please help me think of ways to spin the heinous traffic in a positive way, people!)
By the way, I took the picture on top of our friend Katie and Dan's apartment building. What a view! I might have let the pangs of jealous take over with this one.
5. Something at home (or in Asheville)?
I can't think of anything in the Tri-Cities I haven't tried, but someone else might know of a fun secret I haven't been privy too. In Asheville , there's several things I want to try, but I was concerned that heading over there or staying home would be anti-climatic?
You all know I would love some input. Do you have opinions on the ideas I listed or something within driving distance that I missed? I would appreciate hearing from you fine folks!