Having gotten our fix of hiking for the moment we arrived in Asheville a day early in order to spend a lazy day floating the French Broad River that runs through town. Lazy would not be a word I would use to describe this adventure. What was promised to be a two hour float turned into a four hour paddle trip. The only problem was we didn’t have any paddles. A sustained 10 to 25 mph head wind funneled directly up river at us and kept us stagnantly floating in place. Without the help of our arms moving us along I truly believe we would still be on that river.
The fifteenth annual Asheville Mountain Fest takes place every memorial day weekend. Like Trail Days, Becky and I manned the Backpacker Get Out More Tent. At our booth we had a mix of all our sponsors gear for festival attendees to play with along with an hour each day where we sampled both our Good To-Go dehydrated meals and PepPod energy drinks. This festival was in stark contrast to the hiker festival last weekend. It was very laid back and relaxing. There was a beer garden and live music almost all day long.