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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).
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.