We left the Caverns and headed southeast. It was New Year's Eve. We spent it in a crummy Motel Six in Fort Something or other, Texas. Watched several hours of "Mythbusters" and ate peanut butter on crackers for dinner. At midnight we took out a gift from my friend Janet - a peppermint pig. Apparently there is a Victorian holiday tradition of smashing a candy pig and sharing the pieces as a way to release the old year and bring in the new. We all made wishes for our new life in Asheville.