Digital media artist and community activist David McConville set me up for coffee yesterday with Asheville City Council members Robin Cape and Brownie Newman. We shared a lot of common interests and a few frustrations. These folks would be among friends in Chapel Hill, but Asheville is lucky to have them.
UPDATE: We spent much of the Fourth on the Blue Ridge Parkway, walking Mount Mitchell, which we knew well, and the Craggy Pinnacle, which we didn't. Since the 1930s this area has been recognized as the largest continuous stand of wild rhododendrons on the continent, 600 acres back then (I wouldn't hazard a guess now, but it's still impressive).
Today 7/5: A delightful lunch with Mayor Terry Bellamy. Then home.