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Our January Trip Begins

When we woke up this morning it was 9 degrees with a real feel of 4 degrees. Folks, that just does not routinely happen in Eastern North Carolina. We quickly got the last things done before leaving and went out to start the RV. Nope, it didn’t start again so Jerry put a battery charger on it for just a few moments and we were on our way to Howard’s RV in Wilmington. I was wondering if we would have to end up buying a new battery but that was a question for the techs at Howard’s.

As soon as we got to Howard’s they went right to work trying to diagnose the problem. Jerry stayed outside with them and I went inside to the warm lounge. Jerry kept popping in to give me updates. First they realized that a fuse had blown and we thought it might be a really quick and easy fix. Well, that was quickly remedied but we still had the problem of the water pump. They didn’t know if it had frozen or if it was just a valve. Dealing with a time crunch as they were closing at 12:00 due to the big snow on the way Jerry recommended putting one of our little heaters in the bin to see if the valve would thaw out or if it was really a frozen pump. Praise God, it thawed the valve and we were good to go. As the techs said, we dodged a big expensive bullet! We found out that putting the two heaters in the coach while we were plugged in at home we had actually caused the problem. Because the inside temperature was so warm the heat did not come on. Besides heating the inside when the furnace is on it is also heating the bins and the tanks preventing any freezing so in trying to be proactive we caused what could have been a rather expensive problem.

I cannot say enough nice things about the people at Howard’s. Everyone that we ran into was so gracious and willing to do whatever was necessary to get us on the road. I have always said if we bought another coach I would want a Newmar but would be hesitant to buy one due to lack of service availability in our area. How surprised were we when we found out that Howard’s was an authorized Newmar repair center and it’s only a couple of hours or less from our home. Add to that their willingness to help when there’s an immediate problem plus as we have found out in earlier encounters with them they call with updates and cost estimates. We are very fortunate to have a dealer of that caliber in our area.

About 10:45 we headed out for Morrilton, Arkansas and Petit Jean State Park with two overnight stops along the way. Travel was non eventful and as we continued along I began to look for somewhere to overnight. Unfortunately there were no Harvest Hosts sites on our route so I began to look for a Walmart. I called the Walmart in Hickory and received permission to stay there for the night. We arrived a bit before 4:00, early for us to be getting off the road but we didn’t know where the next overnight Walmart was plus we had been up and going since 5:00 am. We walked over to the store and again asked permission to stay, then did a bit of shopping. Since I had been unable to get the stew beef going in the crockpot we had no plans for dinner. There were no appetizing restaurants nearby so Jerry suggested taking out some of our chicken and making chicken salad. Sounded like a plan to me!

I had a delightful dinner of chicken salad, carrots and chips (yeah, I know I should have left off the chips) and Jerry had a couple of sandwiches with chips. After dinner we closed up everything and turned in early. We both heard some noisy cars early on but if there were any during the night I never heard them! As the saying goes, I slept like a baby!

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Goodbye Chattanooga

All good things must come to an end so on Saturday morning we were up and out of the campground headed for Clemmons. It was an uneventful trip back with good weather and light traffic. Emma has been really good about staying belted in during the trip to and from Chattanooga. Being in a Class A motor home gives one the advantage of getting up and moving around but that is pretty much a no-no for us. I get up occasionally to get Jerry a snack or something to drink but for the most part we are belted in.

We were staying at Tanglewood Campground in Clemmons again. I guess we really should apply to be workampers there since we are there so often! I thought Emma would want her parents to meet us at the campground but no, she wanted us to go to her home and surprise them so after we got set up we headed out again. No one can ever accuse us of letting grass grow under our feet!

Needless to say everyone was happy to be reunited and we enjoyed a pleasant afternoon outside with all of the family. After a quick dinner out Jerry and I headed back to Tanglewood for the night and then Sunday morning we headed home to Kinston. It was a grand trip, such the right length of time but as always the best part is coming home.

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Travelers or Campers?

We have always said that we are travelers instead of campers because when we’re on a trip we’re always on the go. We actually spend very little time in the campgrounds because we usually touring the area seeing as much as we can see in the allotted time. At this point in our travels we probably won’t be revisiting any areas as there are so many new things to see so we see all we can while we can. Thus, we are travelers, not campers.

However, that being said, this week-end we were campers! We not only never left the campground we never even unhooked the car from the motor home. There were actually two reasons for that. One, we had no reason to unhook as we were not going anywhere and two, Jerry said since we didn’t need the car he’d rather unhook at home where no one was going to be looking at us. We didn’t know at that time how easily it would be done.

Friday we just sat around outside reading and visiting with other campers until our appointment. Our meeting and lunch (think barbeque sandwich) was at 2:30 and Greg promptly picked us up in a golf cart. He took us on a tour of the entire campground all while giving us a lot of information. It really appears to be a nice campground with a lot of amenities, a good place for a staycation. After the tour we went over to the office to talk about the different programs and costs. The plan that seemed to fit us was joining the Coast to Coast program and we considered it. They gave us a listing of the Coast to Coast properties and after perusing that we didn’t see any in the places we had already visited nor places on our short bucket list. Because of that we opted to not join but quite frankly I think it is a pretty good deal IF it fits your lifestyle and travel style. Sycamore Lodge is too far from home for us to take a week-end trip there and with no other nearby campgrounds it just wasn’t for us.

After our tour we returned to the motor home and continued to enjoy being outside. One of the neighbors came over and we had a nice visit. I think I could enjoy just camping some week-ends if I could talk Jerry into it!

I really would like to have stayed another night as it seems you need three nights in a campground to get to know folks. I don’t know if they would have allowed us to stay another night plus when Jerry gets ready to go home, he’s ready so off we went Saturday morning about 10:30. We went a different route using more four lanes. It took us nearly four hours but was still better than the country roads we had been on earlier.

After arriving home we immediately started washing sheets and towels already getting ready for our next trip. We’ll leave next Saturday, June 10 for a couple of nights at Tanglewood in Clemmons. On Sunday we’ll go to Emma’s dance recital and then on Monday the three of us will be leaving for Chattanooga for a few days. Hope Emma enjoys the trip as much as we did when we were there a couple of years ago.

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On to Sycamore Lodge

We are finally getting back on the road and doing a little bit of traveling and it feels good! We must have been excited about it because neither of us slept well last night. I had hoped to leave by 7:00 and Jerry had said 8:00 and it was actually 7:46 when we pulled out of the driveway. At the end of the street Jerry put the coach in park and we had a moment of prayer asking for safe travel today. I’ll admit I’m a little skittish after our last “trip” but I know God has us in His hands.

Jerry knew that we needed to add some air to the tires and the small air compressor that he has at home just would not do the job so his plan was to stop by Mallard’s on the way out of town where there is an air compressor. At the last minute he decided to go to Universal Tire to let the professionals do it. Good choice I think. He had put the new sensors on the tires yesterday and was eager to make sure everything was working correctly. By the way, the TPMS system that we were using was from TechnoRV and when we contacted Eric about the system’s failure to alert us to a problem he quickly sent us a new set. Campers Inn and TechnoRV have been very supportive throughout the entire ordeal and I highly recommend them for products and service.

Wish I could say the same about Acme Tow Dolly located in Kearnsville, NC. We have called, e-mailed and even stopped by the business but have been unable to reach the owner. He did return one call but Jerry missed it and when Jerry tried to return the call leaving yet another message there was no response. The accident occurred April 15. It is now June 1 so we’ve been trying to speak with the owner nearly six weeks. According to the firemen the brake bearing on the tow dolly locked up causing the fire. The tow dolly was sold to us with a 5 year maintenance free guarantee. Guess you can offer that if you don’t plan to respond to an incident. I really hate that because I do want to support local businesses whether it be our city or our state but I surely don’t recommend Acme Tow Dolly to anyone. I do intend to alert the Better Business Bureau but other than that I guess we have no recourse other than to warn others.

We finally pulled out of the tire shop at 8:14 for a 100+ mile drive to Jackson Springs. We were not exactly sure where it is so the ride should be interesting. We were told to follow our GPS and that’s what we’re doing!

Have you ever heard the phrase “you can’t get there from here?” Well that may apply to Sycamore Lodge! We had two GPS’s plus MapQuest and so of course we got three different routes to take. Sycamore Lodge is located in Jackson Springs which I “think” is in the Pinehurst/Southern Pines area but I’m not sure! Although many RVer’s suggest taking the back roads we always stick to the four lane highways. At forty feet plus a toad we feel safer and less likely to get into a sticky situation if we continue on main highways. Unfortunately for this trip nearly half of it was on two lane country roads going through several small towns. Even at a slower speed it’s difficult to keep the coach in our lane on some of the curves. Jerry commented that only I would be able to enjoy any of the scenery because he had to keep his eyes on the road. Oh no, I don’t enjoy the scenery because in cases like this I’ve found it better just to keep looking down!

We arrived around 11:30, a little over three hours from when we departed. As we were driving in on nicely paved roads Jerrys’ comment was “great place to ride bikes”. More about that later. Registration was quick and we were told that we were scheduled for lunch and to meet with a representative on Friday at 2:30. Guess we’ll be having “lupper”!

Since we were free for the rest of the day we set up, had lunch and then decided on a bike ride. That was not one of my brightest ideas! Yes, there are paved roads but they are right in the center of the campground. Otherwise there are graveled, sandy roads – and deep sand at that. We rode two miles and I must say that is the hardest two miles I’ve ever ridden. It was hot and humid and in places the sand was so deep we had to get off and push the bikes through. Oh, it was about 1:00 in the afternoon too.

The campground itself seems to be very nice with a lot of amenities (not cable) but is in the middle of nowhere! I used the GPS to search for places to visit and there’s just nothing nearby. The closest Walmart is 14 miles away! The campground does have a nice pool and hot tub, a pretty lake for catch and release along with a pedal boat and some canoes on shore for use, horseshoes, volleyball, and some other outdoor activities. My favorite was the small putt-putt course.

We had a lazy afternoon which I guess we both needed after the previous busy days, weeks and months that we’ve had so it was sort of nice. Wouldn’t want too many of these days though! Perhaps tomorrow before the appointment we’ll have to take in the pool. It’s really too hot to do too much outside.

After dinner Jerry and I took a walk. We eventually ended up at the lake and just sat and chatted while we enjoyed the view. Since no one else was around it was so quiet and peaceful and restorative. It was a nice way to spend our 27th anniversary, nothing special, just the two of us appreciating the years we’ve had. On the way back to the motor home we played a game of putt-putt. I haven’t improved at all in the years since I last played but it was fun.

Needless to say it was an early night for us. Jerry turned the air condition down to 65 degrees and we slept snug as bugs in a rug!

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Wayah Bald Lookout Tower

When we were riding around yesterday we went up to the top of the campground where the sites are for sale and we saw another Canyon Star so since we weren’t doing anything this morning Jerry and I decided to walk up there and perhaps visit with the owners.

Luckily the lady of the house was doing some gardening so we spoke with her and she immediately invited us up to have a seat. Her husband came out and while Jerry and he visited she took me inside to see their coach. Theirs is a 3914 and what I really thought I wanted when we bought the 3953 because I liked the idea of an L shaped sofa and it had more counter space in the kitchen. I’m so glad I got to see it because I know for sure now I really like the 3953 better and it fits our needs wonderfully. They absolutely did not want another ½ bath and I absolutely did plus our bedroom feels larger than theirs. They only have 3 slides and we have four so that does make a difference.

Jan and Jim having returned from having breakfast out called and I told them where we were so they drove up and we all visited for a while and then we took off for Wayah Bald, part of the Nantahala National Forest. The last part of the road going up is another typical mountain road but is graveled. I kept telling Jim to “Go left” as I could see where we’d be if he went too far to the right. I think both he and Jerry got tired of the two backseat drivers they had. When we reached the top of the mountain there was a parking lot and bathroom facilities.

The Lookout Tower
The Lookout Tower
It was just a short walk to the three story stone observation tower where you could absolutely see for miles. The elevation is 5,342 feet and it is situated on the Appalachian Trail. In fact we saw a young man who was hiking the trail. He had already been about 100 miles. Jerry walked down the trail about 50 feet. Now he can say he’s hiked part of the Appalachian Trail.

We came back to the campground and Jerry took a nap while I cross stitched and watch the preliminaries of the Derby. Quite frankly I think the horse race gets lost in the theatrics of the television station. Just tell me about the horses and the horse people affiliated with them please! Dinner was scheduled for 6:30 so we went on up to the club house where they have a large television so I did get to see the race.

There was a meeting of the Peach State Travelers after dinner and up for discussion was the possibility of a webpage. Guess who got put on the committee to investigate that. I guess it can be done from North Carolina. After the meeting we visited with several of the members and they really are a nice group of people. I wish we would be able to attend more meetings but I’m afraid that distance will prohibit that.

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Dry Falls and a Visit to Highlands, NC

What a fun day with friends from Georgia. As usual we started the day slowly trying to decide where to go and what to do. Finally a bit after 11:00 we left and our first stop was a Care Free Resort that Jim wanted to see. It really was a strange arrangement as there were several fifth wheels parked under sheds and there is no way they could be moved out. Hope they don’t change their minds and want a newer unit. Also, there were no cars and nowhere to park a car. Strange!

IMG_1892Our next stop was Dry Falls so named because supposedly you can walk under them and not get wet. We took the steps down to the falls and Jerry and I headed under them. You don’t get extremely wet but there is a mist constantly blowing. We took a few pictures and then I went back out and took pictures of Jan and Jim. We couldn’t find Jerry so I went back in to find him and he had found a rocky ledge and had laid down there just watching the lovely falls. Jim is a pastor so Jerry told him he was “hiding in the cleft of the rock”. We hiked back up and headed toward Highlands.

Jan and I enjoying the falls.
Jan and I enjoying the Dry Falls.
On the way to Highlands we passed Bridal Veil Falls, a place I had earlier wanted to visit. I’m glad we didn’t get to do it because it’s just a slight fall over the ledge. I think that at one time you could drive under it but that was not possible today. It was just water running off of a mountain, not really a water fall. I understand that it has been very dry up here, not much rain so perhaps that accounts for the lack of spill.

When we reached Highlands we just walked around and in and out of the various shops. It appears to be a small town full of shops, a lot of clothing boutiques.

Since it was way past lunch time we headed toward The Dillard House located in Dillard, Ga. I didn’t realize that we were so close to the Georgia state line but it didn’t take us long to get there. The food is served family style and it is incredible. We had country style steak and gravy, mashed potatoes, broccoli and cheese, creamed corn (tasted like it came right out of the cornfield), green beans, slaw with cheese topping, fried chicken, onion rings, fish bites and I think there were several sorts of bread but I never tried that. For dessert we had strawberry cobbler on cake with ice cream. Oh my – we ended up with three servings so after Jan and I ate ours we split the other one. If you’re ever in Dillard be sure to visit this restaurant. Not only is the food good but the restaurant itself is lovely plus it has a gift shop.

We rode on into Franklin and walked around some of the shops downtown. Tomorrow is “Airing Quilts” Day and there are already some quilts being shown.

When we got back to the campground we went to see Jan and Jim’s RV since we had never been in. I really like the way it is set up. Jerry and Jim worked on their awning and by that time it was time to go up to the clubhouse for dinner. None of us were hungry but we made a halfhearted attempt.

There were games after dinner and they were fun. Then I attempted to learn how to play Jokers and Pegs. That is a very fun game but there is a lot of strategy involved and I don’t think it’s an easily learned game. My team won but with little help from me as I really didn’t quite know what I was doing.
A walk back to the coach and bedtime after a full day!

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Another Wild Ride

Another traveling day headed toward Franklin, NC for the Peach State Travelers Chapter Meeting. Gary at Riverbend RV Resort told us that he would have our tow dolly ready when we were ready so we elected to leave around 11:00. We pulled out of our site at 10:41 and headed to the office where we met Gary and Carol, our camp hosts. Jerry hooked up the tow dolly and Gary headed up the road to assist us in getting out on the highway. Before he left though he handed me an envelope and said it was for us. Jerry pulled on out and I followed him as we had decided to put the car on the dolly at the fire station just down the road. We quickly accomplished that and pulled out of the fire station at 11:00. Oh, the envelope held a picture of our coach nestled in our site and a note from Gary and Carol. We’ve probably been in over 50 campgrounds during the last two years and this is first time we’ve ever received anything like this. Kudos to Riverbend RV Resort in Lake Toxaway!

The road to Cashiers while not the worst mountain road we’ve been on was still curvy, windy, and up and down. I think at one point it had an 8% grade. It was only 13 miles to Cashiers but it took us 30 minutes to get there!

We left Cashiers thinking the rest would be smooth sailing. Not so! From Cashiers to Sylva was again typical mountainous road with a long 8% grade. Although the Canyon Star seemed to strain a bit with the grade it handled it beautifully. Guess there is no need for a diesel in the future. Once we got through Sylva we were on an easy four lane highway and not very far from Franklin.

We arrived at our new campground The Great Outdoors RV Resort just in time as there at least four pulling in behind us. Jan and I had been texting and we had hoped to get next to them but actually are about two spaces down. They met us when we got to our site and as Jerry and Jim discussed the leveling and the outside jobs Jan and I were warm inside while I did my hard job – pressing the auto level button!

Despite it being May it is cold and windy with temperatures in the high 40”s. Although we’ve had rain it has tapered off a bit.

Tonight was dinner in the club house. We had Mexican nachos ad apple quesadillas and it was very good. The apple quesadillas were super! Dinner tonight gave us a chance to meet some of the other PST and that was fun. After dinner Jim, Jan and I chatted with an older couple who have traveled for 23 years hitting every state and most of Canada. They had some interesting stories to tell. Jerry played a couple of games with some others. It was a fun night despite the cold and occasional rain.

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Dupont State Forest

Triple Falls
Triple Falls
We headed out this morning to go to a nearby falls that had been recommended by the campground. After riding around for about 45 minutes we decided that we obviously couldn’t find it so we headed on to Connestee Falls, a place that I had on the agenda for yesterday but we had run out of time – and energy.

After hiking to see so much Connestee Falls was a welcomed change but a little disappointing too. Although the falls are beautiful they can be viewed only at a distance. We parked in the park and walked about 50 yards on a walkway and there they were. In years past you could access the bottom of the falls but due to injuries the paths have now been blocked off. I guess we’ve gotten to used to climbing and hiking this week!

We headed next to Brevard and upon entering the town we saw the Visitor’s Center so we stopped there. They were a fount of information and suggested that we go to Dupont State Forest where we could visit several falls plus enjoy a nice hike. Wouldn’t you know we went right past Connestee Falls on the way to Dupont? Everything is so beautiful though and riding through the countryside is so nice, not touristy at all, just the mountains in all of their splendor.

Dupont State Forest was only about a 20 minute ride and obviously a very popular place as there were already lots of people there. After talking with a ranger and getting some direction we decided to enjoy our picnic lunch before heading off on our walk/hike! She suggested we take our walking sticks and I was glad we did. We ended up walking about four miles today!

High Falls
High Falls
First we saw the High Falls and they are lovely but further on down the walking path are the beautiful Triple Falls and I think perhaps the prettiest falls we have seen. We went down to the base and sat on the rocks for a while. There were several people coming and going plus there were two fishermen trying their luck. I never saw them bring anything in though. It was so nice there we could have spent the afternoon but in the backs of our mind we knew we had to climb those steps back up. It was a beautiful day but a little cool but it didn’t take long for us to warm up as we walked back up all of those steps.

We took a little detour on the way back to see the Covered Bridge and then finished the .06 mile walk back to the car. We drove to Hooker Falls and then called it a day.IMG_4050

We headed back to Brevard, stopped by Pisgah Visitor’s Center to pick up a magnet and then went by the grocery store.

After we returned to the campground we went down to the Happy Hour where we huddled around the fire as the temperature has really dropped. In fact it’s supposed to get down to 38 degrees tonight. Hey, it’s May!

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Looking Glass Falls and Cradle of Forestry

We spent most of the morning trying to decide what to do! Our original plan had been to go to Murphy to the Fields of the Wood Bible Park but after realizing that it would take over two hours to get there and over two back meaning we’d be in the car for nearly five hours we scraped that idea.
We finally headed into Brevard looking for Looking Glass Falls. We went right by the turn off and after eventually putting it in the GPS went right to the Pisgah Forest where Looking Glass Falls and others are located. Our first stop was the Visitor’s Center where we got information on what we wanted to see.

IMG_1071Next we stopped at Looking Glass Falls, a very easily accessible attraction. In fact you don’t even have to get out of the car to see the falls but of course we elected to and then walked down to the base of the falls. Although the water was quite cold we saw some people in the stream walking around and playing in it like it was a hot springs.

Our next stop was the Sliding Rock, a waterfall so named because during the summer people by the throngs slide down the cascade of rocks to the very cold pool below. I can’t even imagine doing that. There were only two people today brave enough to even consider it and after walking all the way to the top they apparently changed their minds and walked back down. According to one woman we talked to she said she walked around in the water and her feet were very quickly numb.

Ranger's House
Ranger’s House
Next we went up to the Cradle of Forestry. Although we didn’t know it, Tuesdays are free admission so we didn’t have to pay although it certainly would have been worth it as it is an amazing place. First we ate lunch at a lovely picnic area next to one of the old ranger houses. The picnic tables were put there to stay! They are the heaviest and biggest tables I’ve seen in a picnic area. Jerry put a couple of item on the table so it could get some perspective on the size when he took a picture of one.

Next we went into the Cradle of Forestry museum. After a brief introduction from one of the rangers we watched a movie that told of the beginning of the School of Forestry that was originally there. This was the first school of forestry although eventually universities such as Yale began a program but in this program there was a morning of classwork and then an afternoon of field world. The course lasted 18 months and there were a series of classes taught by various instructors. A student could enter at any time of the year as long as a new course was beginning.IMG_4030

There are three different paths and/or tours and we went on a guided tour of the Biltmore Campus. Only Jerry and I were on the tour and the guide was extremely knowledgeable. The tour is a mile long and along the way we saw the one room school house with the straightest, most uncomfortable benches (can’t imagine spending a morning there), the general store, the blacksmith shop and various ranger homes. Near the end of the tour we saw a large garden that is planted each spring. We really would have liked to stay longer but it was nearing 5:00 and they were closing. Perhaps another time.

We returned to the campground and went up to the Happy Hour for just a little while. We sat around the fireplace and visited with new friends and then came back to the coach and had dinner.

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Leaving Trail’s End

Sunday was a day of rest for us. I think we packed too much in in three days and we were just exhausted. Although the weather forecast called for rain it was a pretty day. Sunday afternoon we rode into downtown Waynesville and walked around some in and out of some pretty interesting stores.

Downtown Waynesville
Downtown Waynesville

After a quick run to the grocery store we headed back to the campground. I sat outside and read for a while as Jerry worked on the awning. Our next door neighbors, Becky and John came over and we chatted for a while. They are from Manning, SC and leave the fifth wheel at Trail’s End and come up when they can. Jerry noticed that they have a bird’s nest in the front hitch. We watched the birds flying in with worms obviously feeding little ones. John said he had planned to move the nest but just couldn’t do it with the little ones there.

Monday was moving and traveling day. We hated to leave Trail’s End because we felt that we had made some new friends there but that’s part of RVing I guess. Hopefully we’ll see them again perhaps when we are in Asheville for the horse show in July. Peggy called about 10:00 and said we could stay as long as we wanted as no one was coming into our site today but by then we were nearly packed up plus we had done most of what we had planned to do. Before we left I walked down and told her good-bye. I don’t know that we’ll make it back to Maggie Valley any time soon but I guess there’s always a chance.

We left about 10:00 and had a very easy ride. In fact I told Jerry that I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop and the roads to narrow – and they did. I asked him if he heard a plop when the shoe fell! The last 12 miles to River Bend were curvy and winding but that wasn’t the interesting part.
We knew the RV Park was three turns past the post office but we still just passed it. Jerry stopped right there in the road and we tried to figure out what to do. There was nowhere to turn around so he told me I needed to get out and help steer him as he backed – yep, a 40’ Class A towing. While I was getting out I called the campground and they were unable to help me. Finally the guy said “Lady, what state are you in?” “North Carolina”, “Well, I’m in Tennessee”. Oops, wrong Riverbend. Then I called the right one and they said there was nowhere ahead of us to turn around SO Jerry began backing up with the tow still on. Occasionally he would yell at me to watch out for an approaching car. What he didn’t know was I couldn’t see around the bend so I couldn’t see any cars approaching. We finally got backed down enough to turn in. I hopped in and we drove on into the campground. Whew!

Gary and Carol checked us in. It’s a Passport park so our charge is only $17.50 a night. Gary led us down to the site and we got set up.

We decided to have shrimp for dinner so we of course had to make another grocery store run. The closest grocery was in Cashiers so off we went.
Instead of stopping in Cashiers though we rode on to Highlands. Highlands appears to be a real upscale town with a lot of shops and boutiques. We didn’t stop though, just headed back to Cashiers. Gary had told us about a hardware store that he thought we’d like so we stopped in there. Zollars is a hardware/gift shop, little bit of everything.

After we returned I sat outside and read for a while and then I heard the bell ring indicating Happy Hour. We headed on up to the gazebo where they had a circle of chairs around the fire place.

Sitting around the fireplace chatting
Sitting around the fireplace chatting
We met two other couples and we all sat and chatted for a while. As we were leaving Gary congratulated everyone for staying an hour and a half and not discussing politics or religion. Then he added that he liked Fox news! Smart guy!

We came on back to the coach and had a wonderful shrimp dinner. Now for a quiet and restful night.