I’m in a god-fearing part of North Carolina – churches abound – all faiths – so today I traveled to Blowing Rock to attend the 8am service at St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church. Beautiful location, even lovlier church. The congregants, all twenty, could see I was the visitor of the group and to a one, they came up and shook my hand, welcomed me, and invited me for coffee and donuts afterwards. It was really wonderful.
At breakfast, many families around me held hands and said a prayer before eating. It’s really quite nice to see. I don’t think I’m in any religious right neck of the woods, just simple, hard-working, prayerful and faithful residents, giving thanks for what they have. I’m all for that.
We woke to a temperature at barely 40 degrees. I did not come prepared for that. So we are bailing on Boone today for a more temperate area in Lake Lure, our base for a week while we sightsee in and around Asheville etc.
Our plan to spend the day in Blowing Rock changed when we saw the town was empty when church got out at 9. It is pretty but we are packing up and heading south, for hopefully some sunshine!