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Truck Bed Movie Night | The Daily Dortches

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You don’t always have to travel far to find adventure, and sometimes it can be found right in your front yard.

Heather turned 24 this past Sunday, and every year is another opportunity to maximize potential and explore. When I started thinking about how we would spend this day, the idea of how to spend our evening had been something we have both talked about doing for a while.

A truck bed movie night is something we have seen photographs of, but we wanted to initiate it and do it for ourselves so that is exactly what I planned to do without her knowing what the plan was until the day of.

We went to Walmart to get these things: ingredients for homemade bbq chicken pizzas, candy, popcorn, and the new Aladdin. Once we got home, Heather started on getting the pizzas prepared, and I started on getting the Tacoma truck bed fixed up.

Very important information is that it had been raining all day, and the weather forecast called for high percentage of rain for the rest of the evening – we were going to risk it.

We got everything set up, and the vibes were good. The rain had been holding off for a good part of the afternoon with the sun shining, but we knew at some point it would change. We just didn’t know when.

As I pulled the truck from under our carport, the wind started to pick up a good bit and you could hear the thunder approaching. We had to act quick to at least get some photos because what we saw coming was not good in regards to watching a movie in a truck bed. Heather and Honey, our Mini Australian Shepherd, jumped in the truck bed to get in place for photos.

Right as I started to take photos, it began to sprinkle which kicked me into high gear to get shots of the overall set up and then detailed shots. Right as I completed them, it got real.

We backed the truck up, rain started falling, and the wind started blowing it into the truck bed. Quickly grabbing all the goods, we ran inside and in the moment, with much frustration. Once we finally got chilled out, we just started to laugh because so many moments of our marriage has resulted in crazy memories being made just like this one.

A reminder to the both of us that no matter how epic a photo looks, there is always more to the story, and even though things don’t always go as planned, circumstances do not define our ability to embrace the moment.

When you look at the life of Jesus, his character always defined his circumstances. We want to be more like that through the wild ride that life is as we seek for our character to become more like his through the Holy Spirit.

– Seth & Heather ( The Daily Dortches )

Blue Ridge Adventure | The Daily Dortches

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Reconnect. All relationships need a continual reconnection. There are so many distractions, demands for our attention, and focus on developing all areas of our lives that sometimes we sacrifice what is most important to us without ever realizing it. We sure do and we are learning that for our marriage. More often than we think and more needed than we realize.

Heather and I spent 3 nights and 2 days traveling around the Blue Ridge Province of Western North Carolina. We have had a lot of folks reach out wanting information so the following images and information are to help bring insight for those that would like to do the same. We want to empower others to heed their own adventure. Links will be provided below.

The location in which we dwelled for sleeping was in a rad little tiny home in the mountains just Southwest of Newland, North Carolina. We stayed at Buck Hill Campground where they have several options for tiny house lodging.

Day 1:

Slept in until about noon. Went roaming throughout Roan Mountain. Beautiful views and there are trails right off the road all throughout the road travel. We stopped by the Dollar General and picked up some Campbell soup for supper. Yes, a romantic supper can even unfold with Campbell soup.

Day 2:

Woke up about 5:30 am. At the campground, they have community bathrooms with running water and showers. Got cleaned up and dressed for the days adventure.

Anywhere we go, coffee is always a priority for us. We carried with us an aeropress and a Bonavita 1 liter electric kettle.

After morning coffee and personal quiet time, we traveled into Asheville which was about an hour Southwest of our location.

Went to High Five Coffee Bar and chatted with a local. I drank more coffee. Found out to always check during the winter months for closings on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Went to Antique Tobacco Barn. We could have spent all day there. You will be blown away with all the items and nostalgia they have there. Be ready to drop some big money. With that being said, you get what you pay for.

We then went to Wicked Weed Brewing Pub for Lunch. Heather had their normal Cheeseburger and I had their Buffalo burger. We both had sweet potato fries which were so solid.

Went to Diamond Brand Outdoors which is an outdoor retailer in Asheville. We always make it a priority to visit the local outdoor retailer in town. We purchased a few closeout items that they had for Arcteryx and Kelty; a pullover and a blanket. Also, visiting the local outdoor retailer allows for a lot of information to be obtained. Ask them questions about the best places to go, trails, etc.

We then went down to the French Broad River District AKA West Asheville AKA Arts District. In Asheville, there is incredible art everywhere you go that includes graffiti, murals, paintings, etc. Go check out the ” Good Vibes ” Silo which is now the ” Stay Weird ” Silo. If you google best places to take selfies in Asheville, some pretty rad locations will pop up.

We then traveled South to Triple Falls Trail located in Dupont State Forest. It is a trail with a series of waterfalls that are beautiful on the Little River. This river can be fished with plenty of wading access. I did not have my gear with me, but we will be going back.

Traveled Northwest to Black Bolsom Knob to gain some elevation and hike to get some views. To get there we drove through Pisgah National Forest onto Blue Ridge Parkway. Beautiful drive and scenery.

We drove about 2 hours North East to get back to our Tiny Home in Newland. We stopped in Asheville and ate at Asheville Brewing Co. Solid Pizza and good brews.

That night, we made a fire for pictures and to spend time around. The fire pit is provided at the tiny house location and aged, dried wood can be purchased from the campground owner for very little cost.

DAY 3:

We woke up, made some coffee, loaded up the Tacoma, and headed back towards West Tennessee.



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– The Daily Dortches