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The loose game plan was to hike near Brevard today and hit Asheville Saturday as I began returning east.  But I was a bit discouraged by the heavy traffic experienced thus far and decided Asheville would be a madhouse when weekend rolled around.  So an impulsive switch to Asheville that turned out wonderfully.

This would only be my second time in Asheville, but the first visit yielded one of those astonishing ‘random travel coincidences’.  Aimlessly strolling the heart of downtown we came upon a towering obelisk named, of all things, the Vance Memorial!  The monument had been erected in 1896 to honor Zebulon Baird Vance, a confederate war veteran, US Senator and Governor of North Carolina (also, sadly, a slave holder).

Asheville Drum Circle - Friday evenings during summer in Pritchard Park...FREE & NOT TO BE MISSED!!!
  My frustration last time was the memorial was being restored and completely cloaked by scaffolding.  The first order of business was righting that wrong and my first snap of the day was a selfie with no caption necessary.

The next stop was the tourist info center. For the most part I simply validated two targets selected before arrival (Asheville Pinball Museum and the Urban Trail Walking Tour), but good fortune added a huge bonus.  The helpful attendant alerted me that Friday evenings over the summer a drum circle was held in Pritchard Park.  Now I was overjoyed by the random schedule change.

I will get reviews up around the activities I enjoyed, but it was a lovely day.  Gobs of sunshine and temps around eighty degrees.  Invested a couple hours following the Urban Trail, topped with a leisurely lunch.  The Pinball Museum did not open until 2PM, affording time for a pleasurable visit to the Asheville Art Museum.  Do not believe I arrived at the Pinball Museum until 3PM or so, but spent about three hours playing and still left with regret!  The tourist center attendant had advised the drum circle did not really start cooking until 7:30PM, but I checked in around 6:15PM for a preview.  It was already steamy enough for me and I hung for at least a half hour before breaking for dinner.  Then it was back to the drum circle to wrap up a marvelous day.

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Asheville Drum Circle - Friday eve…
Asheville Drum Circle - Friday ev…
Good times in Asheville on the Am…
Good times in Asheville on the "A…
My kind of town!
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Fountain by Vance Memorial
Fountain by Vance Memorial
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Lots of great buildings in Ashevi…
I think his first name was Six...
I think his first name was "Six"...
The Vance Memorial in all its maje…
The Vance Memorial in all its maj…
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Lots of things to look up to when…
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We'll visit the Asheville Art Mus…
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Along the Urban Trail in Ashevill…
Amphitheater at Pack Square
Amphitheater at Pack Square
Pack Square close up
Pack Square close up
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The diversity of architecture in …
Chess contests in Pritchard Park.
Chess contests in Pritchard Park.
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Let's have one last look at that …
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