Dining in Cuzco was also inexpensive, especially at lunch, where a menu of three courses could be had for six to eight soles, or $2-$3 U. S. Cuzquena, the locally brewed beer, costs about three soles, less than a dollar. Accommodations run from very inexpensive hostels to high-dollar tourist-oriented hotels. We stayed in the Hostel Rumipunku, which means. Pre Purchase Building Inspection named for the original Inca stone gateway that forms the entrance to the hotel. Our stay cost $30 per night, $3 extra for an electric radiator, and included coffee or coca tea, bread and homemade mango marmalade for breakfast.
A taxi from anywhere to anywhere in Cuzco costs two soles. With a group the size of ours (10 people), hiring a van anddriver proved be the easiest and most cost-effective way to see ruins outside of Cuzco. The annual Farm Fun Day at the WNC Nature Center in Asheville draws Valley folks for a day of what life is like on the farm. Activites included face painting, corn husk doll making, planting gourd seeds with master gardeners, drawing and mind puzzlers.
Entertainment at the haystack stage included rooster crowing and hog calling contests, the Mountain Dew-et provided music as did the Dowden Sisters. Throughout the morning there was a children’s tractor pull, a family egg drop, and an egg relay race. Patti is an occupational therapist at Mission-St. Joseph Hospital in Asheville. We came to Black Mountain because we love the mountains and it is half way between the parents who live in Georgia and D. C.
We sail with a group home-based at the Lake Norman Yacht Club that has some 225 members. The sailing season runs from early April to early November. We sail as a team on a Flying Scot, which is a double-handed sailboat. Along with becoming proficient at sailing, Tom says those who race become amateur meteorologists. I was living in Pittsburgh at the time, and there were always sailboats there.