Started the day with a visit to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina….with most of our focus on the mansion. The estate sits on 8000 acres and the mansion itself covers 4 ½ acres. The mansion was built between 1889 and 1895 and consists of 250 rooms and 43 bathrooms. (In the 1890s most homes had no bathrooms….much less 43!) The home has its own two lane bowling alley and an indoor swimming pool with electric lights. It takes over 1800 people to manage and maintain this estate! Did I say this was built by George Vanderbilt….whose grandfather made his fortune in shipping? Also, the estate originally consisted over 125,000 acres, but much of it was sold to the United States and is now the Pisgah National Forest.
After you pay your entrance fee you drive up a winding three mile road to get to the mansion. The trees and shrubs along the way are beautiful and a sight unto themselves. We parked the car and decided to walk to the mansion instead of taking the shuttle. As we came out of the forest this incredible French chateau with gargoyles, statues and perfectly groomed
greenery seemed to magically appear in front of us!
|Gargoyles On Guard|
States. (Note: No pictures are allowed of the inside of the mansion. You’ll have to visit to see for yourself!)
|A tiny portion of the gardens|
As we left, Mona leaned over to me and said, “This place is so me. I could definitely live here!” I simply hit the gas and sped away.
We passed through Spartanburg, South Carolina, of course picking up our first South Carolina cache, and turned to the west on I-85. The drive through here is comprised of rolling hills with lush forests on either side. Mona was driving, and yes, we both checked to make sure we had plenty of gas!
After dinner we get the question, “What’s this geocaching thing you guys keep talking about?” We showed them the app and then off the five of us go to a nearby park for the hunt! We scour the band gazebo for about 15 minutes, with no luck. No matter, Blues Clues #3 is only two tenths away. Off we go!
What a great day! Now, it’s time for the next one. We’re headed south to the Gulf. Not sure where we’re going to land…but hopefully tomorrow morning we can walk a beach and listen to the surf! Will keep you posted!
P.S. And Shannon, we’ll keep that little thing about my billfold just between us. Okay?