I was up and at 'em this morning, as I had to make my run to the grocery store. Everything else was packed and ready, at least all of my stuff! Bill paid the bills while I was out. When I got back, it only took a few minutes to get the food into the bin or the cooler and I was ready to go! 10:00 was my goal and I made it with time to spare!
Bill, on the other hand, was moving a little slower. We finally got packed and on our way, having to stop at the post office and the bank on our way. Still - not too late. The drive up was nice - it was a beautiful day. We got stuck a few times with traffic, though. The first time, we were up past Gainesville where I-985 has become a four lane highway. There were police cars blocking the traffic both ways at an intersection. We waited patiently, thinking maybe a funeral procession was coming or something. It turned out to be a classic car parade that was passing by. Bill enjoyed trying to figure out what all the cars were. He said that was the best reason ever to get stopped in traffic!
Going through Clayton, it was a terrible mess - barely stop and go. We eventually got to the source - a bad accident right in the intersection, involving at least three vehicles. The third delay was as we were driving from Franklin to Bryson City. It is a little two-lane mountain road, very winding. We got in a line of traffic behind a tractor, who proceeded to drive for several miles before he finally turned off. Welcome to the mountains!
We had hoped to be at the cabin around 2:00, but it turned out to be more like 2:45, with all our delays. We are pleased with the place. It is very clean and well stocked with paper products, etc. It is a nice layout, with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The best feature is the deck off with a beautiful view!
We do not have cell phone service - I think it is the first time I have had my phone simply say "No Service." But, there is wi-fi, so we have access to the computers and the other stuff on the iPhone.
We got ourselves all moved in and stuff put away and then just enjoyed a quiet evening; a lot of it spent just looking out the window at the view and the sunset. We fixed dinner here and Bill watched the World Series, while I read.
The first day is already a success!