While my parents were here last month, we took a day trip to Hendersonville, NC. We picked Isabelle up at school and had a picnic at Furman University. Furman has a beautiful campus – the university is about the same size as Mount Allison. At lunch, we were joined by ducks, swans and turtles and what mum believes was Furman’s own loch ness monster. We have a fuzzy video of something flipping around the middle of the lake but we are still not sure what it was. After Furman we drove north and stopped at Carl Sandburg NHS. The Sandburgs lived at Connemara from 1945 until his death in 1967. Mrs. Sandburg raised goats so the farm is a little like Ross Farm. Their daughter planted a garden which the NPS continues to plant from her plan. The tulip trees were in bloom as well as several other flowering shrubs. I think the timing for our visit was perfect, the weather was sunny but not too warm and were pretty much had the place to ourselves.Also, there were several kids at the goat farm, these two were a few weeks old but there was another who was only a few days old. They were all very friendly and quite used to having people around.From Connemara, we went into Hendersonville, poked around the shops, had ice cream at Marble Slab Creamery and enjoyed the rest of the afternoon. Hendersonville has lots of galleries, antique shops as well as a neat book store, toy store and another Mast General Store. There is always something neat to see.