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My New Year Celebration

Sunflower-painted building at Slickrock Road and US 64 near Bat Cave, North Carolina
Sunflower-painted building at Slickrock Road and US 64 near Bat Cave, North Carolina

This year Kathy & I had an opportunity to do something a little different for New Year’s Eve. Certainly different than most people we know, although most people who know us would thing that it made perfect sense. As many of you know we are on Baby Watch these days, as Grandson #1 is due at any time. We want to be ready to assume our roles as soon as it’s time, so we so we haven’t been making any advance plans.

"Most Photographed View in the Smokies" Vacant building along SR 19 between Maggie Valley and Soco Gap, North Carolina
“Most Photographed View in the Smokies” Vacant building along SR 19 between Maggie Valley and Soco Gap, North Carolina
"This Indian Needs Your Business" Vacant building along SR 19 between Maggie Valley and Soco Gap, North Carolina
“This Indian Needs Your Business” Vacant building along SR 19 between Maggie Valley and Soco Gap, North Carolina

Daughter-In-Law Kristin had a doctor visit on Wednesday, and baby Edison didn’t seem to be in any hurry, so we decided to look at options for a New Year’s Eve celebration. As it happened everything sort of fell into place. I found out that I would be excused from work early on New Year’s Eve, our favorite Waynesville restaurant, which had been booked solid for a week or more, suddenly had an available reservation, so I grabbed it. We got a room at the little motel we like to visit there and made plans for a last minute getaway. We’ve had lots of practice and were packed in minutes!

"The Shack Dish Barn Factory Outlet" Vacant building along SR 19 between Maggie Valley and Soco Gap, North Carolina
“The Shack Dish Barn Factory Outlet” Vacant building along SR 19 between Maggie Valley and Soco Gap, North Carolina

We had a nice dinner then drove to a couple of our favorite overlooks on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  The sky wasn’t real clear but we got above a dense layer of fog and were able to see some lights in the towns below and plenty of stars above.  We had taken along a bottle of bubbly but decided not to drink it then drive back down through the muck.  I had my camera along but decided that trying to learn night photography would probably ruin the moment and stayed in the car where it was warm. 😉 We made our way down through the fog and were back to our room shortly after 11. I remember hearing some noisemakers at midnight but that was about it.

Out of Order
Out of Order

We had a leisurely drive on New Year’s Day, and I stopped along the way to make a few photographs. Nothing spectacular or probably portfolio-worth, but it was a nice way to spend the day. We are now back on duty as Grandparents In Waiting, and waiting patiently!

Sunflower-painted building at Slickrock Road and US 64 near Bat Cave, North Carolina
Sunflower-painted building at Slickrock Road and US 64 near Bat Cave, North Carolina