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May 9, 2018 - BASE CAMP FOR ME

I was going to a bluegrass festival in Georgia and then drive up to Brevard , NC to set up camp for my friends who was coming up from Florida for three day trail walk on the Art Loeb trail to cold mountain area. They were to arrive that afternoon and I was to drive them over to the trail head for drop off and they would walk the 30 mile trail back to where I was camping at Davidson River Campground. After dropping them off I came back the slow way over the mountains, getting to see a few water falls. They all made it back to camp with a...

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Aug 25, 2017 - Fourth ride day

On our fourth and final ride day, Jack led us on a ride to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Today was cooler than the other days and up on the Parkway, we were in the clouds for much of the ride. It was right chilly up there! We couldn't get many good pictures from the overlooks because of the cloud cover, but it was fun riding through them. After we exited the Parkway, we rode through the Pisgah National Forest and stopped at the Looking Glass Waterfall. This waterfall was flowing nicely and there were lots of pretty flowers blooming - that also...

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Jul 29, 2017 - Looking Glass Falls

Looking Glass Falls is one of the most popular and beautiful waterfalls in North Carolina. And it's perhaps the easiest to view (one of the few accessible roadside waterfalls, making it perfect for folks with mobility and walking challenges). The name "Looking Glass" comes from Looking Glass Rock, where water freezes on its sides in the winter and then glistens in the sunlight like a mirror or looking glass. Looking Glass Creek, which flows past the rock, is also named for the impressive natural structure. Its easy accessibility makes...

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Sep 22, 2016 - Brevard

We spent the day in Brevard, NC. Our first stop was the Sylvan Sport factory, where they make small, off-road camping trailers. Fran had researched them and took Steve there against his will ;-) but after seeing the product, he, too, is obsessed! Perhaps our next adventure will be in a Sylvan Sport? Anyway, on to the town, which is very cute, filled with interesting shops and restaurants, as well as very friendly, accommodating people. Next stop was the Oskar Blues Brewery, where we not only saw the facilities but also sampled some really...

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Jun 29, 2014 - Shuck Ridge Creek Falls

Sunday, we decided to hit just one waterfall, though it would be a pretty long hike. After packing up camp, we drove up Cathey’s Creek Road (FR-471) to where it ends at Gloucester Gap and FR-475. We left some cars here and shuttled another to the parking area just past FR-5095 and the trailhead for Waterfall on Long Branch at the trailhead for Daniel Ridge Loop Trail. Then we started hiking from Gloucester Gap up the Art Loeb Trail (Section 2) towards Pilot Mountain. In the past, it was possible to drive up FR-229 to near the summit, but...

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Jun 28, 2014 - Brevard Waterfalls

This past weekend was our annual Big Brevard trip. Having taken a lot of time off of work, I couldn’t take any more, so I left after work Friday evening. I met up with Bill and we drove out, arriving at Kuykendall campground a little bit before 9. There was still just enough daylight left to get our tents set up before dark and then we spent a little while socializing around the campfire before going to sleep. In the morning, we woke up and got started early for a day of waterfall hunting. Right at 8, we took a group shot of the entire...

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Apr 25, 2014 - Tour De Falls - DuPont S.F.

It’s been a couple of weeks since leaving the South Carolina upcountry; I hope my memory is vivid enough to paint you a picture of the adventures that followed. As we departed, spring had sprung and the budding trees and flowers had us anticipating the drive northward. We’d planned on taking the popular Blue Ridge Parkway from Smoky Mountains National Park, all the way north to Shenandoah National Park in VA. There were so many interesting stops en route, we allowed nine days to make the trip. (I tend to make frequent stops for photos, and...

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Sep 30, 2013 - Lake Toxaway,NC

We left Knoxville thinking that we were going to Riverbend RV Park in Brevard NC. There is a Riverbend in Franklin NC and that is where we ended up. We were about 60 miles off track. We recalculated and went to Brevard and to the correct Riverbend. The road there had signs all the way that said not recommended for large trucks or tractor trailers. This had to be the longest, narrowest and most winding road I have pulled the RV on. This was even worse that Alaska Roads. Some places I had to stop for other traffic and just creep by with about...

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Aug 7, 2013 - Cradle of Forestry

It was about this time last year that we were offered a work camping position at Cradle of Forestry for Spring of this year. Our friends Fred and Jo Wishnie were volunteering there and told us about it. It looked beautiful so we applied. Unfortunately, we had to back out in January when Barb started contracting - it was too many hours to do both the contracting and hours required there. We were surprised that when we came to Chickasaw it was only a 75 mile drive from here so we finally made a trip to visit. Cradle of Foresty, also know as...

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Mar 9, 2013 - Waterfalls in Brevard

This past weekend, we headed out to the Brevard area for a couples' weekend of camping, hiking, and waterfalls! We drove up on Friday night and camped out in Pisgah National Forest in the Avery Creek roadside campgrounds near Davidson River campground. Saturday morning, we woke up and started our waterfall adventure with Looking Glass Falls, just up the road from our campground on US-276. This one is right along the side of the road with a few stairs leading down to a viewing area at the base of the falls. As such, it is one of the most...

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Jul 25, 2012 - Florida Adieu?

One of the benefits and joys of the fulltime RV lifestyle is the ability to travel and live wherever you want in this beautiful country and continent. The world is our oyster, so to speak. The only disconnect in this scenario though is winter. For 9 months a year you can pretty much range anywhere you want and enjoy pleasant weather. Come January, February and March though, you had better be in one of 3 places if you want to stay in shorts and a tee shirt. And you do get accustomed to that style of dress if you live this lifestyle for any...

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Jul 8, 2012 - Paradise Falls

In the morning, we broke camp and headed to the Lake Toxaway area for one last waterfall of the weekend. We took NC-281 into Jackson County and parked along the road for Paradise Falls. This waterfall is on Wolfe Creek Lake and the flow of water is dependent on the dam. Today, the dam was closed, so the flow was light. We headed down the short, but steep trail to the base of the waterfall and of course had to take a dip in the falls. A rope just at the base provides a way to get up to the middle part of the falls. I was still tired and sore...

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