We’re moving to Asheville.

After looking at several houses, we found a terrific place. Large, flat backyard for the dogs. Lots of trees around us. Good neighborhood. Convenient to shops and restaurants.

Last Friday, we signed all of the papers, received the keys, received delivery on bedroom furniture, and spent the first night. The dogs enjoyed exploring the house and we all loved the walking trails through the neighborhood (see the gratuitous dog photo below).

So what brought us back to the mountains after only two years in Murrells Inlet? A combination of missing the mountains and needing to be nearer family (something driven home over this past year of craziness).

We loved our time at the coast. The people in Murrells Inlet are friendly and we have terrific neighbors. Our house had a stunning view of the salt marsh (all of those sunrise photos from the last couple of years) with an easy bicycle ride or walk into Huntington Beach State Park. The young family buying the house will enjoy it.

We’ll miss many things about our coastal living adventure, but we’ll return often. We’ve been vacationers to the area since I was a little kid and will continue in the future.

But the mountains are calling us home. We’ll enjoy the cooler summers and lack of hurricanes. And, yes, we’ll enjoy a little bit of snow, too.

The next few weeks will be entertaining as we move, but I hope to settle into my new study in a couple of weeks and finish that next book.


Books I’m Reading

Washington State’s Red Mountain is home to a community of eccentrics. Winemaker Otis Till howls at the moon fully nude. Margot Pierce fantasizes murdering her ex while rehabilitating a bed and breakfast. High school senior Emilia Forester longs to escape the shadows of her supermodel mom and musician father. Brooks Baker is haunted by his early life as an orphan on the streets. When their secrets are exposed, what will happen to their community?

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Interesting Links

Literary Tour of Asheville—I thought this was a perfectly appropriate link for a musing about our move.


Gratuitous Dog Picture

Landon (Boom Boom), Frankie, Typhoon, and Roscoe out for a stroll on the walking path through the new neighborhood and enjoying the Catawba Rhododendron and lack of alligators in Asheville. We think they will adjust back to mountain living without any issues.


Background title image courtesy Ivana Cajina via Unsplash

9 Comments

  1. Jean B Burkhardt on March 8, 2021 at 6:37 am

    I have to say-the Herd has had an interesting life the last few years. Moving and a new houses to explore. I am glad Hu-Dad you are moving closer to family. It seems the last year has driven that home to many of us. I look forward to hearing about the adventures and seeing pictures of the dogs and the new yard and what they can spy on !!

  2. Debbie and Ruby on March 8, 2021 at 7:30 am

    Looking forward to pictures of Asheville. You always had the nice views and photos at Maggie Valley and then Murrells Inlet turned out to be just as scenic. Happy moving time.

  3. Kate on March 8, 2021 at 8:43 am

    That was a fast two years! Although, this past year has been quite a blur for all of us. I’m sure the pups are excited to have some snow again! Best wishes to all of you as you settle into your new home!

  4. Juno's mom on March 8, 2021 at 9:49 am

    I’m sure Hu-Grandmom is so happy to have you all back. The two years really did shoot by.

  5. Julie on March 8, 2021 at 11:21 am

    I hope the moving goes as smoothly as possible! It’s just never fun. We, too are trying to figure out how to get back home to be closer to family. It’s just too hard to help from 1300 miles away.

  6. Zoe on March 8, 2021 at 12:45 pm

    Ok I have to say this. I missed you in the mountains, not that the home you have isn’t beautiful but the herd in the mountains .. snow.. deer just .. it will be good to see you back there and it will be fun watching you move

    Good luck we will be with you in spirit
    Sabo The German Shepherd
    Attorney At Paw

  7. Nicole Tester on March 8, 2021 at 3:12 pm

    So Glad you are back in the Mountains. Can’t wait to see snow pics with the Crew.

  8. Kathye on March 8, 2021 at 8:35 pm

    Looking forward to seeing you at Carrier Park!

  9. Annika on March 9, 2021 at 1:50 pm

    I always associated the Herd’s life and activities with the mountains anyway. Looking forward to this next chapter of returning there!
    Happy relocating!

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