This afternoon I drove into Boone to Appalachian State University to use the Internet at their library. The system was very fast, so it didn't take me very long to finish. Then I went to the visitor center to get some maps and brochures.
After this I met Grant at the Food Lion on the east side of town. He had attended a meeting in Boone and was out of it about the same time I had finished my business. I followed him to a restaurant near Deep Gap where I left my car. I rode the rest of the way to their house with him. Along the way, he showed me around the area. We made quite a few photo stops. He likes photography, too, so he was patient with me.
We stopped first at the Grand View Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway. From there we could see "Heavenly Mountain" where the Majarishi's meditation center is located. This is where John Lennon and George Harrison wrote their hit song, "My Sweet Lord."
The next stop was at the Triplett Community, home of the famous hams, which was mentioned in the Andy Griffith TV show. Stewart Simmons' house is here.
Finally, Grant showed me around Powder Horn Mountain, where he is the Operations Manager. It is a privately-developed gated community in a beautiful setting. I can understand why he and Pam love living here. I'd like it, too, except in the winter. Sometimes they have several feet of snow! They have a lovely, wonderfully "user friendly" home. Some of the amenities of Powder Horn include a large club house, three small lakes, a rustic campground and a private chapel.
Meanwhile, Pam was preparing a tasty meal of vegetarian chili, cornbread, key lime pie and tea. She is the Office Manager for a Boone physician.
I really enjoyed my visit with them but, all too soon, it was time to head home. They took me back to my car and I drove back to Glendale Springs via the Parkway. When I arrived at the campground, the gate was closed. I had to call the owner to come and let me in. He said that they normally don't lock the gate but that they had thought everyone had already returned.