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Oct 19, 2014 - Boone, NC

10/19/14 (Sunday) Back on the Blue Ridge Parkway and the leaves are starting to fall off the trees in some areas. We saw several more car touring clubs today...Corvettes and Mustangs. We had hotdogs and chicken noodle soup at the Stone Mtn overlook. Sometime around 1:30 pm, instead of briefly stopping at an overlook, we actually pulled out our camp chairs, extended the awning and sat with the binocular appreciating the vista for about ½ hour as cars as people pulled in and out. That’s the way to really understand what you are...

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Oct 9, 2013 - Boone and Marion NC

October 6, 2013, We drove from Newland NC to Boone NC. This is only about 25 miles but it took about an hour because the roads are curvy and narrow. We are in Honey Bear RV Park just off the main road going through Boone. It is a real nice park sitting back in the woods and has some great views. The is the home of Appalachian State University and that makes the town real crowded. We are staying here 2 or 3 days. We visited Mast General Store, an old, big general store established in 1883 and has everything you could imagine. We made a trip...

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Oct 7, 2012 - Day Two Asheville to Boone

Spending the night at a very nice Hampton Inn in Boone, N.C. after 126.9 miles on The Blue Ridge Parkway. Traveled 228.4 miles yesterday but today was much slower due to fog and rain on TBRP. Fog was so thick during most of the day that we could barely see 30 feet in front of The Bling. Left Asheville this am at 9:30 with the first stop at the Folk Art Center. Meaders pottery from Jefferson was on display as well as a thousand other regional artists' work. A woman was demonstrating stone carving and two other women were crocheting like...

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ON THE ROAD AGAIN

May 5, 2012 - Boone, NC - Grandfather Campground

It was a fairly pleasant 65 mile drive up the hill to Boone from Old Fort, NC. It was pretty twisty-turny but not too much got rearranged inside the Mothership! We are staying at Grandfather Campground which is situated at the base of Grandfather Mountain which at 5,946 feet, is the highest peak on the eastern escarpment of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It has its highest peak near Boone, NC. We have a 50 amp full-hookup site that is pull-in rather than back-in. That means we will have to back out rather than pull out. Did you get all that??...

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Jun 3, 2010 - Day 83 - Visiting Patti in Newland

Patti and I returned to Banner Elk today so I could take a picture of what we both consider a huge blight on the landscape. Hordes of others felt the same way and when Sugar Top condos were built the residents of the area went berserk. There were no laws preventing such construction and what a shocking sight it created on the horizon. Those who live in those condos, though, must be in awe of their views. There are now ridge top laws and structures cannot be higher than the tree tops. Amazing that there were no restrictions prior. We stopped...

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Jun 2, 2010 - Day 82 - A full day in Avery County!

Patti and I had a great day today exploring. I really had no idea that their area had so many notable places to visit. Our first stop, however, was in 'downtown' Newland to take my truck in for servicing. We then headed to Grandfather Mountain. I, of course, had never heard of Grandfather Mountain. It not only has a great profile and offers an impressive view from the top, but is a wee old...quoting info on the mile high mountain: Grandfather Mountain was created about 730 million years ago when two of the earth's plates slammed together,...

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Jun 1, 2010 - Day 81 - STATE #19 - NORTH CAROLINA

I left my campground at my normal 10:30 ish and headed north to see my best friend from high school. We graduated from Acalanes in Lafayette, California and went on to the University of Oregon together. I've seen her periodically over the years - the last time being her sister Judy's 60th birthday seven years ago. I have been so looking forward to these days with her and her husband, Joe, on their horse farm. Joe grew up in Newland, North Carolina and that is where they settled after Joe retired from the Army. He retired a second time as...

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May 30, 2010 - Continuing on the Blue Ridge

We drove on up the parkway, seeing more beautiful scenery and lots more inhabitants - as the mountains were more rounded in this part there is more developed land nearby. we entered into the state of Virginia, but then detoured back out again to visit the town of Mount Airy, back across the North Carolina border. Mount Airy was the birthplace of actor Andy Griffith, and has actually built up tourist business by styling itself as Mayberry, Andy's fictional home on his early TV shows. There is a Mayberry Mall, a Mayberry Soda Fountain,...

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Aug 10, 2009 - Boone, NC

June 2-6 we made a pre-trip adventure to Boone, NC. This was our first official trip in the RV. It was very successful and we became excited thinking about our upcoming trip. For those of you who don't know, we are headed west to explore as many of the states as possible in three months. Although our trip to Boone went well, we got off to a slow start. We have skid marks in front of our house to remind us that we dragged the jeep that we are pulling behind the RV for about 100 ft. before we realized we had forgotten to put it in neutral....

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The Gilbarte Gang

Jun 12, 2009 - Blue Ridge Parkway Drive

The Blue Ridge Parkway is an elongated national park that was built to connect Virginia's Shenandoah and North Carolina's Great Smoky Mountains National Parks. To drive the BRP is to travel along a scenic highway in the sky, it follows the crest of the highest mountains on the East Coast for 469 miles. It has countless scenic overlooks, parks, waterfalls, folk art and music centers, Mount Mitchell the highest point east of the Rockies and so much more. Today we headed to one of the engineering wonders of BRK, the Linn Cove Viaduct. The...

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Jun 10, 2009 - Horn In The West

Today we stopped at The Horn In The West a unique complex which includes an outdoor theatrical amphitheatre, historic mountain village and high country gardens. The theatre production begins as the sunsets, setting the scene for "one of the nation's oldest Revolutionary War dramas" depicting life in the 1700's. The Hickory Ridge Homestead is a living history museum where reenactors and historians educate audiences about everyday life from the 1700's to early 1900's. Unfortunately the shows don't begin until June 19. The Daniel Boone...

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Jun 9, 2009 - The Blowing Rock Of Blowing Rock

The namesake of the town of Blowing Rock, NC is The Blowing Rock a cliff 4000' above sea level, overhanging the Johns River Gorge. A winter phenomenon occurs when a northwest wind belows the snow up the slope. The views are spectacular and there is a small garden and gift shop. However the $6.00 admission per person was a little steep. We then walked the main street and did our best to help the economy by buying Kilwin's ice cream cones and eating across the street in Memorial Park.

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