Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Thyen Family Vacation to Asheville - Day 1,2, and 3

The Annual Thyen Family "Beach" Vacation
Day 1, 2, and 3
Asheville, NC
Saturday, June 10th through
Monday June 12th, 2017

 Dad's 80th Birthday Dinner

Just about every year for the past 20+ years my family has gotten together and rented a big beach house for a week.  This year we decided to do something different and moved our annual "Beach" Vacation to the Mountains of North Carolina!
On the way we made a stop in Rutherfordton to pay a visit to Amy's parents and check out their new Screened in Porch.

Amy enjoying her parents new Screened in Porch

We had a nice visit with Amy's Parents, an excellent lunch in downtown Rutherfordton, and a visit to the nursing home to see Amy's Grandma.  From Rutherfordton, it was only about a 45 minute drive to Asheville and we arrived at the house right at the 4:00pm Check in time.  My parents would arrive shortly after.  The rest of the crew would not be arriving until the next day. 

"The Wayward Moose"
The house we rented

Morning Twilight view from the front porch

There were lots of rabbits hopping around the property

view from the front porch of our rental house

One of the things I liked about this house is that the Mountains-to-Sea Trail ran right alongside the back of the property.  Therefore, I did not have to drive anywhere to get a hike it. 

Ironically, the same Mountains-to-Sea Trail also runs along side many of the Beach Houses we have rented over the years!

About a 15 minute hike from the house is an outcrop known as Lunch Rock!  I probably hiked to this spot about 15 times over the course of the week.

 View from Lunch Rock along the MST

 Scott and Conner enjoying a Sunset from Lunch Rock

Morning Hike Selfie at Lunch Rock with Marielle, Conner, Me, and Mary

Sunset from Lunch Rock

And of course there was plenty of good food and drink to be had!

 Me by the Jack of the Wood
Our dinner destination for night 2

 Me, Mary, Conner, Katie, and Scott at the Foggy Mountain Brewpub
for some lunch time appetizers and beverages

 Dad's 80th Birthday Dinner at the Bavarian Restaurant and Biergartan

My Nieces and Nephews  (Conner, Liam, Marielle, and Katie)

Lots more to come!

The complete set of photos from Day 1, 2, and 3 are posted here:

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