I would never have imagined that one of my children would live in the Blue Ridge Mountains in the heart of Appalachia.Â Sugar Grove, North Carolina is a beautiful and scenic place.
Andrew was accepted to three universities for graduate school and it was a hard decision for him to make.Â I think his heart was at Appalachian State from the first time he looked at their website.Â Leigh worked hard to find them a place to live ( a big challenge with a Boxer and a Siberian Husky).Â They settled on a cabin on near the top of a mountain in Sugar Grove.
The university is in Boone about 20 minutes away.Â The views from the deck are spectacular.
We had a great time driving around to see the area.Â On Saturday we went to blowing rock and Andrew and Kristina were thrilled that I gave them each a quarter so they could look around.Â It’s not something they got to do often as kids.
We also spent time in downtown Boone visiting the shops and eating some great food.Â My favorite store was Mass General Store.
Ater we walked around town we went to see the university.Â The campus is beautiful.Â One thing to note about Boone is that it is very green.Â Yes, the trees and grass are green but I am talking about “Save the Planet Green”Â It has been an easy idea for them to get used to.Â The load the trash up and take it down the mountain,Â they have started reclyling and Leigh keeps the reusable grocery bags in her car.
The Appalachian State campus is beautiful.Â We walked around and visited the bookstore to stock up on Mountaineer spirit wear for Kristina and the grandchildren.
Our final stop was at Andrew’s office.Â As part of his graduate program he has an assistantship.Â His official title is Graduate Assistant Residence Hall Association, Housing and Residence Life.
We had a marvelous time in North Carolina.Â We loved being with some of our favorite “humans” and our favorite granddogs, Chaco and his new little sister Emma.
We ate and laughed and talked and shopped and talked and walked and talked.Â We watched a good movie and a brainless but funny movie.Â We loved being there and look forward to returning to our “mountain retreat.”