On a sad note, the campground we are staying in is only about 1/4 mile away from the area struck by a devastating tornado, which caused tremendous damage. The campground was spared, which is good, because usually they are tornado magnets, but the neighborhood around it, not so much. Hopefully, they recover soon.
The jail is now in the back part of a building which currently houses a hair salon, so if you want to visit you must go through the lobby of the building. Still we were able to visit and the guys even enjoyed a short stint in one of the cells.
We drove the Blue Ridge Parkway all the way to Boone, NC, together with our friends Linda and Walter West. I had never been to Boone and thought it would be a fun ride. Well, as expected the drive on the BRP is gorgeous and since we packed a picnic lunch. We ate lunch upon our arrival in Boone atop the beautiful mountain view on Howards Knob County Park. My adventurous spirit was leading and to get to the park, we needed to master a very narrow, twisty road, which apparently no one was really excited to go on. When we finally got up there, all was good, we enjoyed our picnic and most importantly, we enjoyed the view.
We also visited Shelton Vineyards for a private patio picnic and wine tasting. Shelton Vineyards is in a beautiful setting in Dobson. Another small town 15 to 20 minutes away from where we are staying. When we arrived, we realized the vineyard was hosting a corvette show. There were corvettes in all colors and interiors. It was quite interesting.
We will be heading to the “inner banks” of North Carolina to a small town known as Chocowinity tomorrow.
Jackson has fallen out of grace with his food and our friend, Linda introduced us to what she feeds her dogs. We gave Jackson some of it and he absolutely loved it so off to Tractor Supply we went and bought him some delicious food. Thank goodness I no longer have to go crazy thinking about what to mix his food with.
The campground we are staying at is Cove Creek RV Resort and it is in the Wears Valley area. There we were met by Linda and Walter West, and joined them for a meet and greet at the clubhouse.
On Tuesday, May 13, 2014, we decided to go for a drive around Cades Cove. Cades Cove, for those who have yet to have the pleasure of knowing this place, is an 11 mile one-way loop road, where you can see deer and other wildlife. It has an incredible feel of serenity and it is a beautiful place to visit. Much to our surprise, we had the opportunity of seeing deer, “three” black bears, wild turkeys, and even a pileated woodpecker.
On Thursday, we drove the area. The views in this area are spectacular. Gatlinburg with the Smokies as a backdrop.
The sky lift to Ober Gatlinburg
Tomorrow morning we will leave Sevierville, TN and on to Greenville, SC. we will go.
There was a glass art display depicting a day at the races at Churchill Downs. It was incredible and had to be at least 30 feet long. Churchill Downs, the scoreboard, the people, the horses, the jockeys, the stalls, everything was made of blown glass. I could have spent hours looking at this display, as I was amazed by its intricacy and detail.
I have many pictures to post, but I forgot my charger and my phone is dead so they will have to wait. Sorry.
Tomorrow morning we pick up our baby, Jackson, and then on to pick up the unit, which was in RV hospital all week, by the way, but that’s another story. Once everything and everyone is retrieved, we will be on our way to Sevierville, TN.