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Apr 10, 2015 - Washed out

Blowing Rock, NC We had planned on ziplining today but thunderstorms called for a change in venue, so we headed underground. In the early 1800's some fishermen were astounded to see fish swimming in and out of solid rock. A small opening in the rocky terrain allowed the men to enter the subterranean recess. This became Linville Caverns. These natural limestone caverns feature stalactites and stalagmites and an underground stream with some good-sized trout. Our guide Dakota told us that every 2 years or so, weasels come in and feast on the...

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Apr 9, 2015 - A day of raptor

Blowing Rock, NC We left Charlotte behind us this morning. It is a nice, modern city with a humid, subtropical climate. Fortunately it is still early spring so it was not bad. Charlotte is the 3rd fastest-growing major city in the US and has about 800,000 people. It also has an interesting nickname. The name comes from the American Revolutionary War, when British commander General Cornwallis occupied the city but was driven out by hostile residents. This prompted him to write that Charlotte was "a hornet's nest of rebellion", leading to the...

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May 23, 2014 - Hebron Colony Falls

We drove east through Newland and Linville and then took US-221 north. Not sure why the GPS directed us to take this route instead of the Blue Ridge Parkway, but it was quite scenic nonetheless. We could see the Blue Ridge Parkway above at several points, including a brief view of the Linn Cove Viaduct from below. We also stopped for a couple of roadside waterfalls along the way. One, right at the county line between Caldwell and Watauga counties was actually a pretty decent waterfall on Green Mountain Creek, I believe. We parked right at...

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Jul 28, 2013 - Boone to Senior Games in Cleveland

Left Boone yesterday in a torrential downpour and traveled most of the day in rain to Sissonville, W. Va. on our way to Walt's Sr. Games in Cleveland and to see the kids. By the time we got to Rippling Waters campground at exit 16 on I-77, the rain was gone and clear skies. Nice site #10 by the big pond, home to lots of swans and ducks. Full service, peaceful country setting for $25. We were happy. Good satellite and Verizon card working. Buddy, Pal and Rose remembering the routine from last winter and even though they might like it better...

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Jul 4, 2013 - Preparations begin for Westward Ho

Although its early July and our next departure is in 3 weeks, preparations have begun. Lots of mechanical stuff including new tires, annual chassis and generator service, etc. to insure a safe, trouble free trip...did I say that? One should not express too much confidence in the mechanics of these coaches or they get rebellious. We'll be heading to Cleveland July 27 for a week or so. We visit Walt's children and where he competes in the Senior Olympics in racewalking. While we're there an exchange family from Kauai, Hawaii stays in our...

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Aug 9, 2010 - Blowing Rock

INFORMATION FROM PAMPHLET: The Blowing Rock is an immense cliff 4000 ft. above sea level, over hanging Johns River Gorge 300 ft. below. The phenomenon is a so called because the rocky walls of the gorge form a flume through which the northwest wind sweeps with such force that it returns light objects cast over the void. The current of air flowing upward from The Rock prompted the Ripley's "Believe-It-Or-Not" cartoon about "the only place in the world where snow falls upside down." Visible from "The Rock" down the gorge to the southwest are...

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Jun 29, 2008 - Blue Ridge Parkway and Blowing Rock, NC

We left Hot Springs NC after our rafting trip and headed north via the Blue Ridge Parkway to Blowing Rock, NC. The views from the Parkway are amazing. The road is closed to commercial traffic (ie -- semis) and the speed is limited to 45 mph. Each turn reveals another amazing view of the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountains. We skirted in and out of a thunderstorm -- lots of lightning and pouring rain, followed by semi-sunny skies. Our stop tonight is in Blowing Rock, NC. We had a very nice dinner "downtown". It is a charming place. We...

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Jun 7, 2008 - Blowing Rock, NC

We departed Roan Mountain, TN for Blowing Rock, NC. where we will spend the next 6 days in our time-share at Swiss Mountain Village. We have owned this time-share since 1981, my how time flies. Dan & Martha were kind enough to let us park our Motor Home in their yard at Roan Mountain while we spend this week in Blowing Rock. We plan to depart Blowing Rock on Friday, June 13 on our way to Cincinnati, OH where we will stay until June 22nd at East Fork State Park. Saturday, Jun 07: We left today for Blowing Rock, N.C. where we will spend 6...

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Nov 19, 2007 - Blowing Rock / Asheville, NC

We awoke to gray & foggy skies, so we did not hurry to be on our way. Here in the mountains, there is not much to see in these conditions and driving can be quite dangerous. When conditions improved, we headed down the road to Blowing Rock, a tourist mecca and resort town of small proportions. This is another example of a fading community that has reinvented itself with quaint shops, cafes and cozy B&B's dependent on one exceptional tourist attraction, "Blowing Rock". A Chickasaw Indian legend describes their view of this interesting rock...

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