The joy of travel. I’m off to North Carolina ….

Hi, friends and readers:

It’s my belief that travel is the most enriching activity we can engage in. Travel exposes us to different cultures and different ways of living. It takes us out of our comfort zones and into the unknown. It reminds us that they way we live is not always the best way to go through life. And it exposes us to new people who, more often than not, are kind and welcoming.

This afternoon I’ll board a plane that will take me to Asheville, NC, a place I visited about 18 months ago. Back then I stayed in Boone, NC, but this time I’m staying with a couple at their vacation home about 10 miles outside of Asheville. The husband of the couple was my best friend from middle school all the way through college. We roomed together at the University of Florida. Both of us became lawyers, me in the Tampa Bay area, he in the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area.

We’ll do some hiking, visit a few craft breweries and dine on NC barbecue. It’ll be a fun time, and I’m looking forward to some chilly weather, a nice change from the Florida heat.

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