Monday, October 22, 2007

Wonderfully Wired, Weary, and Woolly

It may take awhile to retell our adventure this past weekend. We went from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows and then returned to the highest of highs in a 48-hour period. All I can say is that even though we're glad to be home we already miss the great family experience we all had in Banner Elk, North Carolina. This past weekend will be remembered for many years to come - hopefully for Jessie and Ben, a lifetime.

The pictures of the mountainsides I will post in the coming days will not even come close to the actual beauty we encountered. Given the drought we've had here in the Southeast I fully expected to see very little color in the autumn landscape. Instead neither Joan nor I can remember a visit to the North Carolina mountains when the incredible array of colors were more brilliant and beautiful! Jessie even found the display breathtaking.

Other than a little windburn on the left of Ben's face he enjoyed the weekend as much as the rest of us. He was a trooper as we explored fun things to do when I wasn't working. It was also a time for many of our artist friends (family) to say farewell to Jessie and Ben until next Spring.

So tonight as we look over the names you guys and gals submitted for the contest we'll leave you with a video of Jessie (with the support of Joan who you mostly see) racing Hollywood (actually Woolywood) in her first ever Woolly Worm contest. He or she finished third unfortunately. Joan is wearing the pink shirt and sporting a visor. Mr Woolly Worm can be seen as well. I'm certain you'll pick him out of the crowd of folks on the stage. Enjoy!

9 comments:

Gretchen said...

How do they make the worms go when the whistle blows and keep them on track?

Welcome home!

kimmyk said...

lookin forward to the pictures.

it's like crab crawlin' but with worms. crazy ass southerners.

Kyla said...

I can't wait to hear the contest results!

creative-type dad said...

Wow- that landscape looks like something out of a movie...

bennie said...

Gretchen - they just naturally like to climb. Of course a lot of them decide to change course and head back down the string.

Kim - the folks in Aiken, SC race lobsters at a spring festival. That would suck for a lobster. Win your race but you still get eaten.

Kyla - we have a tie!

Tony - that pic was taken about a mile from where we stayed. It was panoramic beauty.

Gretchen said...

My daughter Emily has been asking me nearly non-stop since Friday what the decision is. You're keeping her on pins and needles :) Like I said--we had a ball with it!

JC said...

That's so interesting!!! And what a beautiful picture, I wish I could look out my window and see that every morning :)

In reality though, I don't even have a window lol

bennie said...

Gretchen, tell Emily she tied for first place. We'll be mailing out 3 giclees!

Gretchen said...

Whoo hoo! Which name?? And really, how could you not like the Worminator?? :)