I may have been one of the only people in the state who hadn’t been tubing before, but on July 27 I was finally able to cross that dream off my list!
Twelve years ago when we moved to North Carolina, I made a list of mountain adventures I wanted to have. I have always wanted to live in the mountains, so naturally I figured living so close (within three hours) would mean that we would go all the time and check everything off my list pretty quickly.
Except, we only made it to the mountains twice. For a long time it was due to financial limitations, but then not spending money on vacations became a habit and I just didn’t prioritize it.
Jorden turned 21 in July (which doesn’t make me feel old at all), and what she wanted for her birthday was a trip to the mountains. I’d like to think I would have planned a trip anyway, but this gave me a great excuse to cash out my travel fund and make hotel reservations.
It was a quick trip – we arrived in Boone on Wednesday and headed home on Friday – because she could only get three days off work. We initially tried to go tubing on Wednesday afternoon because the weather forecast promised rain almost the entire time we were there. Unfortunately, we missed the last shuttle, so we decided to go first thing on Thursday before the rain rolled in.
On the way to the outpost, we drove through a quick thunderstorm, but by the time we got there the rain had stopped. It turned out to be perfect tubing weather, overcast and not too hot, and our two hour float was absolutely perfect.
We used High Mountain Expeditions, and we will definitely use them again! We are already planning a white water rafting adventure with them in 2018. I just love their two dogs in a raft logo!
It was so fun I was left wondering why the hell it took me so long to do this and why we hadn’t been spending every free weekend in the mountains. We will definitely be making regular trips back. In fact, if Jordan gets accepted into Appalachian State, we may be moving there next year!