100 percent chance of rain

by Karen on May 4, 2015

IMG_0914 - Version 2This past Christmas, my husband and I received a fantastic gift from our kids. (Yes, they’re 21 and 24, but humor me, I still think of them as kids.) They surprised us with a late April weekend at a bed-and-breakfast in Asheville, NC.IMG_0928 Nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville is a vibrant, quirky town with everything we adore – unrivaled natural beauty, fascinating history, and outstanding local art, music and food.

Plus, there’s something extra special about the mountains in springtime. After the fiery fanfare of fall and the brittle cold of winter, the mountains are especially alive in spring. I love the rolling expanses of green that make the sky seem so breathtakingly blue and the sweet surprise of wildflowers waking up along woodland paths.

IMG_0869 - Version 2So, as I began to pack last Friday morning, I was a bit dismayed to discover the weekend forecast: Cool and mostly rainy – with a 100 percent chance of rain Saturday. That’s right. One hundred percent. Way to put a damper (pun intended) on the weekend, meteorologists. I packed jeans and long-sleeved shirts and two – yes two – raincoats and resigned myself to a fun getaway with Jim but not a lot of time outdoors.

But guess what? It didn’t rain – at least not during our waking hours – all weekend. Well, we did get a 15-minute sun shower Sunday, but it was so brief and so light that I didn’t even need the hood on my jacket.IMG_0897 - Version 2

After delicious breakfasts Saturday and Sunday at the lovely turn-of-the-century B&B, we spent almost the entire weekend outside. We popped in and out of artists’ studios along the French Broad River. We ate dinner on the patio of a popular downtown restaurant. We watched a drum circle in Pritchard Park. And we wandered through the pristine forest and magnificent gardens of Biltmore Estate.

So, here’s the thing. Whether you’re dealing with a cancer diagnosis or a vacation, sometimes life surprises you in the most delightful ways. The experts were absolutely certain it was going to rain Saturday. So was I. We were both wrong.

I have no doubt Jim and I would have enjoyed the weekend regardless, but that unexpected sunshine made it sweeter still.IMG_0881 - Version 2



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