We went down (on the map) and up (geographically) to Boone, NC today. Had lunch at Tucker Cafe in the Boone Mall. A basil burger: really good beef, whisper-thin slices of red onion, mozzarella, Roma tomatoes, and lots of fresh basil in place of lettuce. Also a half order of most excellent fries.
After that we drove up to the Mast Store, bypassing their touristy outlet in Boone proper. I came home with mason jar shot glasses the perfect size for my larger dolls, a small ceramic casserole reminiscent of Le Creuset but nowhere near as spendy, a wreath in teals and deep blues sized for my tinies, and a red alarm clock about the size of a half dollar. And a gorgeous walking stick for me, for a tenth of what I'd pay at home for ones of lesser quality.
We leave tomorrow, hoping to evade the storms that will hit here, and planning to arrive in Memphis about the time that great BBQ place opens for the evening. Then home on Wednesday.