How many people do you know that grew up in the Boone, North Carolina area?
There are a lot of truly local people because Boone is awesome and it’s very hard to leave. How can you pass up these 5 things that my wife, Kelsey, shares?
Check them out and comment below if you also grew up in the Boone area!
Not only was it great to be out of school for a couple of months, but there were so many things to love about summer. It is never too hot, but it does get hot enough to beg your mom to bring out the sprinkler to run through in the front yard. I had several friends who had treehouses in the woods behind their houses…really, what is cooler than playing in a treehouse until dark? I think my brother and I woke up every morning asking when we could go to the pool…the Blowing Rock pool, of course. And even the frustration of being told that we could go later if it didn’t start thunderstorming made it that much sweeter when we actually got to go and swim for an afternoon.
2. The Parks.
As soon as it was warm enough to not have to bundle up, my family started going to the different parks in town. Those were the days when the park by Horn in the West still had a metal slide that would burn you the whole way down, but it was so worth it. Sunday afternoons normally involved a picnic lunch at Price Park or Bass Lake with some of our friends, and learning how to ride my bike at the Greenway (when it was much smaller) led to many hours spent on those paths. And, clearly, this list would not be complete without mentioning the Tot Lot and Blowing Rock Park, where I remember wanting to swing, swing, swing until I could swing no more.
3. School Rivalries.
Since there are 8 elementary/middle schools for a county with such a relatively low population, it was almost inevitable to have friends that went to other schools. When I got into 6th grade and we started competing against the other schools in sports and academic competitions, it really made the wins sweeter and the losses harder. And then we had to learn to all be on the same team when we got to high school!
4. Being in a Tourist Area.
Living in a place that is a vacation spot for so many people gives the locals the option of joining in with the tourists or avoiding them at all costs. Sometimes it was nice to go to Kilwin’s in downtown Blowing Rock, sit on a park bench, and watch life go by. But sometimes it was just as nice to eat ice cream from the grocery store on our back porch with good friends, knowing that the line at Kilwin’s was probably an hour long. We also knew that we could skip going to the slopes on the weekends with everyone else because we would probably have a snow day during the school week and we would be able to go when there was no crowd.
5. Valle Crucis.
Just because Valle Crucis is a little bit out of the way did not mean that it was better to stay away. The Valle Crucis park has always had plenty of swings and picnic tables, open fields and access to the creek. And the Candy Barrel being strategically placed at the entrance to the park was excellent and provided countless sugar highs.