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Feb 25, 2018 - Banner Elk to Alabama

HELLOOOO, EVERYONE!!! We are at it again. This time we are headed to Alaska via Phoenix. Yes, I can read a map. And until about a month ago I had reservations in Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois. And then we found Happy Trails RV and Golf Resort and Roadhaven RV Resort near Phoenix and what can I say? We turned left. More about that when we see if our plans pan out. We worked really, really hard, and by we I mean Larry, to get the bathroom remodel done. And in the end we just said, "Screw it. We're leaving." And by the time we wound down,...

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Sep 7, 2015 - Heading Home

This years adventure is ending up much like last year, cut short. We had planned to leave here and head north to Maine for lobster and fall colors, but I got a love note from the IRS making an abrupt change in our plans necessary. They got my attention by sending me a 17 page document contending I owed them $36K, which had me gasping and just a bit crazy (oh man, it wasn't pretty). Spent a half day on hold waiting to talk to an IRS real live person, who was actually fairly helpful. She gave me a 30 day extension for responding, and...

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Aug 7, 2015 - Banner Elk

I know you all have been holding your breath waiting for this update that I promised a week or so ago (or longer), sorry for any inconvenience. Mid-July we drove up to Banner Elk, NC to spend a few days with Terry and Marie Platts and had a great time visiting with them, Grandfather Mountain, Boone, NC and surrounding areas. Much cooler than Franklin, and Terry and Marie were great hosts. Wouldn't mind spending a summer in that area. (We sure did have fun with them, so thank you, Marie & Terry for a wonderful 2 days!!) Jean and I made a...

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Jul 3, 2013 - Cruisin' Blue Ridge Parkway

This is the second week we have spent at Grandfather Mountain. I haven't ventured up that mountain yet, I am waiting for the weather to clear up a bit. We continue to enjoy cooler temperatures (60-70’s) with some rain mixed in. This the perfect place to spend the summer. No triple digit temperatures, no mosquitoes/no see-ums, and no worries. Our campground hosts local musicians and Bluegrass has been on the menu. It was a great night. We have been taking daily road trips exploring the area. This is some beautiful country and we are being...

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Jun 26, 2013 - In the shadow of Grandfather Mountain

What a difference it makes when we take our time in an area. We have traveled the Blue Ridge before, but spent just a few days for the whole thing. We are sitting right now at the base of Grandfather Mountain. Have you been to the top of Grandfather Mountain? I am debating the trip. The pinnacle is the world's longest suspension foot bridge. I am not sure I could cross a bridge engineered to swing in the wind. Then there would be those goofs that would make it swing on purpose. We shall see. We visited Linville Caverns and were very...

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Jul 27, 2011 - Exploring the area

I found a treasure of a store today shopping just down the road from our campground. The store is Tatums Interior Design. Before I left the store, I had arranged for them to mail 4 boxes back home. It will be like Christmas with all those goodies waiting to be unpacked when we return from our trip! ************* On our way to Blowing Rock we stopped at Julian Price Park for a picnic. Afterwards, we walked around Bass Lake. Bass Lake is part of the Moses B. Cone Memorial Park. The Cone mansion overlooks this lake. Textile magnate, Moses Cone...

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Jul 24, 2011 - Mast General Store in Valle Crucis

After breakfast at the Banner Elk Cafe, we headed over to Valle Crucis to stroll through the Mast General Store before Ronnie and Joel headed back home. Let me tell you a bit about this place. The original Mast General Store was founded in 1883. It has well worn oak floors, glass-fronted showcases, wooden nail bins, coffee barrels, splay-toed rakes, beehives, wire fly swatters and assorted candies in wooden barrels, although it is no longer penny candy. Those days are gone. Near the pot bellied stove in the middle of the store a...

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Jul 23, 2011 - Banner Elk

We met our neighbors from Tallahassee, Florida, Bobby and Sharon Sarvis. Joel and Ronnie came to visit and spend the night. I took photos of the cute bride and groom to be at the Sleepy Hollow covered bridge. I loaned them my new hat just to add a little variation. They BOTH looked good in it!

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Nov 25, 2009 - Travel Day

Well it's 5:05 in the morning and getting ready to head north west to cold weather.Have a new gps to try out.Looking forward to finally getting to finish the Blue Ridge Parkway south of Blowing Rock.Headed towards the mountains this fine morning.Weather is good and the roads are dry.Driving up 321 was great.First mountain road Bev & I took after we bought this Bus 3 years ago.Gps was interesting,Gps wanted to go one way and Bev the other.Well hope everyone has a Great Thanksgiving.

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Oct 26, 2008 - Grand Father Mountain,NC

Before we head back home to sunny Florida we decided to check out Grand Father Mountain. We stayed at the Valle cruis bed and breakfast. It was 54* day and 41*at night. The inn keeper Damien was nice and were from Chapel Hill. We ate at the Red Onion down the road that was across from the University. We saw the swinging bridge at Grand Father and the colors were changing into fall which was pretty. We enjoyed the B@B but the walls were really thin, but they did have a nice fireplace our room. Also on the way home we had stopped in...

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