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Oct 3, 2019 - Wheels through time

Today we drove to Maggie Valley and the motorcycle collection Wheels of Time. The place is jam packed with vintage motorcycles and well laid out as well. The docents explained the history and importance of various cycles and were very passionate about them. Really added to the experience. The museum was founded by Dale Walksler in 1992 and he was on TV on the history channel American Restoration. There were videos to watch of some of his tv shows. Each year the museum rebuilds and auctions off a vintage cycle for charity. We took the Blue...

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Oct 2, 2019 - Biltmore estate

We went to the Biltmore today. Although we had been here many years ago and it is very expensive it was well worth the time and cost. First we took a self guided tour of the mansion that with our timed ticket to control the flow of visitors. It was busy but we had plenty of time to see everything. The largest home in the US built in 1895. We took a very long drive from the mansion to Antler Hill village that we did not recall from before. Could be we just didn't go there before as it was a long scenic drive around and through woods to get...

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Oct 1, 2019 - Mount Mitchell

Based on a recommendation from the couple next to us in the park we drove to Mount Mitchell that is the highest peak east of the Mississippi. These are the Black Mountains that are the highest ones in the east. The Blue Ridge Parkway is the best access to it and the drive was a good one - the clouds are starting to clear up. We stopped at the visitor center at Craggy Gardens and then drove up to Mount Mitchell which is a state park. Very scenic drive up to the top of the mountain at 6684 feet. It was cool up there. There is a very good...

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Sep 29, 2019 - Mama gerties

We arrived at Mama Gerties and getting to our spot is an adventure. First you take a road right off the interstate that has a truck turnaround warning and then you go straight to the office. They lead you to your site and that's necessary as there are steep turns -it's about 300' from the office to the hill top. The rest of the campground is fully treed but up top we have a view of the mountains and Dish comes in great. There are some RV's and the 5th wheel next to us is a couple from Clermont who are here for a week just to vedge out. Had...

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Jul 25, 2012 - Days are dwindling down to a precious few.

Today is the last full day for the Hickey clan to be together. Doug and Mildred left about 5 this afternoon, headed for Missouri. Part of the family went to Black Mountain to check out the quaint shops. Glen, Gary, Evelyn, and I went to Camping World in nearby Hendersonville, NC. After finding more than was on the shopping list for CW we went to the Mast General Store. The Mast is filled with anything and everything you could want or didn't know you want/needed. There were Burt's Bee products, kitchen items, Rawleigh seasoning, post cards,...

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Jul 24, 2012 - New tires on pick up

Oh, my, highway tire noise inside the pick up prevented conversation. We had hoped to delay the purchase of four truck tires for a month or two; but the noise level inside the pick up was increasing every trip. It needed to be done now. Glen searched the purchase on the internet. What did we do before internet? He found a "Discount Tire" shop that had the tires cheaper than Sam's by $30 per tire. "Discount Tire" is a chain that is found in several states, including Texas, so it shouldn't be too difficult to find a location for rotation...

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Jul 23, 2012 - Hickey Clan White Water Rafting

It was a great day to white-water raft on the French Broad River...yes, that is spelled correctly. The section of the river that we rafted contained falls rated 1 (the smallest), 2, and 3. Just enough excitement for lots of fun. Glen was the only one in our raft that went overboard. He wasn't hurt but pulling him back in the raft in the swift water was exciting. After he was pulled back in the raft wedged between rocks. Eventually three from our raft were transferred to another raft before our raft cleared the rocks. Our guide did a great...

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Jul 22, 2012 - Mt. Mitchell: Highest point East of the Mississippi River

It was a fun day for the Hickey clan! We--all 14 of us---drove north of Asheville NC on the Blue Ridge Parkway to Mt. Mitchell State Park. The scenery along the Parkway is beautiful. LOTS and LOTS of trees. The "smoky" clouds along the valleys and near the tops of the mountains is ever-changing. The thick, white cumulous clouds in the blue skies were always moving. Suddenly, the clouds might change to dark and thick, and there would be a 15-30 minutes rain shower; but blue skies would appear again quickly. Mt. Mitchell is the highest point...

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Jul 21, 2012 - Day of Rest

Some of our group were lots more energetic than others today. We were in the "not so energetic" group. Some went to Chimney Rock where they climbed 485 steps to the top of the granite rock called "Chimney Rock" and a 1.5 mile hike to a waterfall. Others went to the Arboretum and hiked around the landscaped gardens. Gary and Evelyn, Fred, Glen and I stayed home and did nothing. I guess our excuse could be we are the oldest here (except for Myrna who went to the Arboretum)! :} Plans are being made to go to Mt. Mitchell tomorrow which is the...

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Jul 20, 2012 - The Biltmore Estate and Family Time

All fourteen of the family left this morning for a tour of the Biltmore Estate. I feel sure you are familar with the Biltmore. It was built under the ownership of George Vanderbilt who was a bachelor at the time; is the largest private home in the USA. It contains over 100 bedrooms and 43 bathrooms. It took six years to build. Today a grandson is the owner of the Estate.In 1930 the estate was opened to the public in an effort to increase tourism in the area. Today there are 1800 employees that assist the family in the preservation of this...

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Jul 19, 2012 - Follow the Leader-----"Mamma Gertie's Hideaway Campground"

Our caravan left Townsend, TN this morning, with Glen as the leader! We drove through the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains for several miles, going through small towns and green pastures. One of the most unexpected things we saw was the huge "Bush's Beans" complex! It was at the unincorporated village of "Chestnut Hill". There was even a visitor's center. If we had known it was on our route we would have made time for the stop. We are in the small town of Swannanoa, just east of Asheville, ten miles from the Biltmore exit. Glen's...

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Sep 11, 2011 - Miles Motors RV Campground Swannanoa, NC

We are in Swannanoa as it is close to Jeremy's house in Asheville. Since Jeremy has move to Overland Park, Kansas we have put the house on the market. There are a couple of minor things we need to take care of on the house. I also have to setup an appointment with the VA for my annual physical.

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