This morning I set off for the Smoky Mountains to visit friends, Grant and Pam Mastin, in Deep Gap. I made good time until I got onto the Blue Ridge Parkway. Then I had to stop at every scenic overlook. At the first stop I met Peggy and Steve from High Point. They had taken the day off to celebrate Steve's birthday. We had a nice little visit and they even gave me one of Steve's birthday cupcakes.
This evening I met the Mastins at the Smoky Mountain Barbecue Restaurant in West Jefferson. I had the pleasant surprise of seeing their daughter, Amanda, and her husband, Philip, too. They have been visiting Grant and Pam for a few days but will be going home to Tennessee tomorrow. It was good to see everyone again.
The Mastins and I were next-door neighbors for several years in Greensboro. And such wonderful neighbors they were, too. Their children were eight and three years of age when I moved there. They were nice to have around because they were such well-behaved and intelligent children.
The campground nearest to Deep Gap was full, so I had to find somewhere else to stay. I ended up at Raccoon Holler Campground in Glendale Springs, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. I could get only two nights here because the campground will be closing for the season on Wednesday. The lady at the office told me that the temperature last night dropped to 29 degrees. Brrr! I'm not ready for such cold weather. I hope it won't get that cold tonight. Just to be on the safe side, I turned the outside faucet off. I have plenty of fresh water on board. I put my electric blanket on the bed, too.