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Wednesday
Jul122006

Rving with Lucy - in Virginia - Part 5

Finally - the last post on our RV trip to Virginia.  Not the LAST RV adventure - just the Virginia one.  Some of you will recall, this is a series of posts to share what it is like to RV - including riding in our Bus.  If you missed Part 1, 2, 3, & 4 you can read them here, here, here and here.  More detail posts on our current trip (Charleston, Hilton Head, etc.) will follow later.

This trip to Virginia turned out to be quite enjoyable.  Much more than we expected.  Both campgrounds (North Bend and Goose Point) were simply fabulous.  goose point site 18 front.jpg

Every time i look at the pictures after our trip, i’m just amazed how Tom is able to get our Bus backed in these tight spots.  I love that he has mastered this.  While this is the type of campground where we could just sit all day, it is also about 15 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP) … so of course we had to explore. 

blue ridge sign.jpgWe’ve been to the BRP many times - near Asheville and Boone, NC and we were fortunate to see some fall colors along the parkway in 2004.  It is just breathtaking.  This was our first visit in the Spring and on the Virginia side. Unfortunately it was too early in the season to see the rhododendrons in bloom but the mountain peaks and valleys are gorgeous even in shades of green.

 

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Now this place was interesting - do you recognize it?  mabry mill postcards.jpg

This is Mabry Mill which was built in the early 1900s.  It was originally a blacksmith and wheelwright shop, then became a sawmill and eventually a gristmill - the later two restored by park naturalists and is one of the most popular stops along the parkway.

Even if you have never visited this place - you may have seen it - seems lots of other states use it to promote their states. 

Well - what the hey - it is just the perfect picture for a postcard.  I cannot blame these states.  It’s pretty difficult to get a bad shot of this setting.  But i’m guessing Iowa no longer uses this mill to promote their state — not since the release of “Field of Dreams”.

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What an amazing place - good lord these folks had a lot of ambition. They built their own cabins and fences - made their own soap and whiskey. Click on any pic to enlarge…especially the soap recipe.  Course maybe you prefer to see a closeup of the still. 

 

We ate lunch at a small restaurant at Mabry Mill and then headed south on the parkway.  Lo and behold —- we ran into … lovers leap.jpg

The legend says that anyone who passes over the bridge here will see the ghost figure of a young girl crying, saying “I love you” or a strapping young man jumping off the bridge. The story goes that the two were romantically involved and their families were at odds. The two would rather die than be kept apart so they jumped off the bridge holding hands and whispering, “I love you”. 

We did not know about this legend before our visit — so we were not looking for ghosts - and did not see any but we did see this …

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The entire parkway is 469 miles long - it starts in the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia and ends in the Smokey Mountains National Park outside Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  Ground was broken in 1935 and it took 52 years before it was totally complete.  The last 7.5 miles known as Linn Cove Viaduct around Grandfather Mountain - were completed in 1987.  We saw that stretch in the fall of 2004 — and it was absolutely incredible.  

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After our day on the parkway, Tom and i returned to our beautiful campsite and enjoyed one last campfire looking over this beautiful lake.  Such serenity.

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Our trip is over and this time before we put the Bus back in storage we gave it a bath.  Can you imagine cleaning this monster with your garden hose and a bucket.  I cannot.  Geez. 

Sometimes we use a waterless product which works great.  Just wipe on, rub in and then polish off with a clean cloth. But this time we took it to a truck wash.  It’s obviously a busy day - so we just turn on the TV and wait our turn.  This costs about $40-50 to do this … the higher amount if we leave our Jeep attached and get it washed at the same time.  truck wash.jpg

And there you have it…..we are back home - ready for our next trip. 

If your an RVer and can plan a trip to North Bend or Goose Point -  please do so - you won’t regret it i’m sure.  Just check availability and make reservations for a specific site @  Reserve USA.  Enjoy and safe travels to all.

Tuesday
Jul112006

Last Stop

Tom and I are now at the beautiful Outdoor Motorcoach Resort at Lake Toxaway, NC.  outdoor resorts.jpgThis is an RV resort where you can buy sites and fix them up with stone fireplaces, rock walls, etc.  They have a 9 hole golf course and are expanding - eventually they will have 400+ sites.  Temperatures up here are in the 70s - it is just lovely.  We are off to do some exploring for the day —- i hope to find some antique stores - unique shops.

This place has strong WiFi throughout the resort - so i’ll be online the rest of our stay - and eager to catch up on blogs etc. however my own updates will be slow - my typing skills are much slower now….I took a nasty fall on my bike @ the Lake Hartwell campground and broke my wrist….and hit my head.  7 stitches to fix my head and surgery is planned to repair my wrist next week.  I have what is called a displaced intra-articular distal radius fracture.  What a klutz…and now i’ll have atleast a month or more of bad hair days.  But i have lots of feel good drugs — the Rush Limbaugh kind.  Psychotic.

I’ll be by to visit everyone later this evening.