We started the day at the Manna Food Bank again. For some reason got SUPER competitive with the other volunteer group… we ended up packaging and boxing 2500 pounds of snap peas! We improved our efficiency from 20 minutes per row down to 8 minutes. It was an awesome team building exercise.
After our victory at the food bank we went to 12 Bones Barbecue in the River Arts District (previous customers include Mr. Barack Obama). We devoured pork and chicken barbecue plus a rack of blueberry chipotle ribs and dozens of sides. It only took 30 minutes to eat but another hour to motivate ourselves to stand up.
Next we took a self-guided tours of the murals in the River Arts District. We are so impressed by how artsy this town is. Graffiti isn’t considered vandalism, it’s just a way to express creativity.
Having digested our lunch a little bit, we made our way to Catawba Falls trail to hike. The ten of us took off our shoes for river crossings, slid down trails on our butts, and scaled rocks climbing up. We didn’t realize how advanced the hike was but we killed it! The trail lead to an incredible waterfall–and we only dropped three water bottles and one phone into it!
We also ran into a few dogs… ask us in person for the full dramatic retelling.
We were exhausted from our busy week so we came back to the hostel to watch the UVA basketball game, make home-made pizzas, and drink hot chocolate. To end the night we reflected on our service thus far and talked about the criticisms of Alternative Spring Break.
Another great day, can’t believe tomorrow is our last full day in Asheville!