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?? :-) We have good Verizon coverage and a clear shot to the satellite so life is really good. There is a Red Box three miles away so that makes it even better! What made it even better yet was the existence of the best Long John Silvers we have ever been in just a short distance away in Boone. LJS is one of Doris' favorites and since the one in Orange Park closed we don't get to frequent them much any more.
Monday the weather was clear and we headed for the Blue Ridge Parkway to ride the section south of Boone and Grandfather Mountain. We hiked three trails, The Cascade Falls Trail, the Duggers Falls Trail and the Linville River Bridge Trail. The Cascade Falls was the best of these but I forgot to take pictures of these falls after taking the movie so be sure and see the movie. Of course by the time we were halfway down the portion of the BRP we were going to see, the clouds had closed in and the visibility reduced considerably. The hour construction delay we had getting on it didn't help any.
Wednesday we hiked to the Elk River Falls and that was a great hike. It was a little more strenuous than the rest but it wasn't very far and the falls was great! On the way back to town we drove through Boone and by Appalachian State University (sorry Barb, no pictures) and went to Walmart to get a few things. Oh, we had to dine at LJS again as well!!!
Friday we went to the great Wildcat Flea Market which was open for its first weekend of the year. We found it wasn't so great (perhaps because about half of the stores were closed) but we did find a few things Doris had to have. I told her we were going to have to start being like full-timers and "before you buy anything new be required to throw something else away to make room for it!" She said "WHATEVER-IN YOUR DREAMS!" :-)
Today we are staying in and getting ready for tomorrow's trip down the mountain to Wilkesboro and the Bandits Roost Campground on W Kerr Scott Reservoir where we will stay five days.