Ridgecrest and Mt. Airy, NC
Sep 1, 2010
Hello To All!!!
Well, I am writing the journal update a few days late, but, here it goes.
Chris and I had great traveling companions, the Hodge's (Bud And Helen), to accompany us on a three(3) day, whirl-wind trip over to North Western North Carolina. We used the Hodge's nice van for travel and left the Cougar park on this trip.
Our destinations were the Ridge Crest Conference Center (just East of Asheville), Mount Airy and Mount Pilot.
Ridge crest was our "base of operation", and from there we went out on our day trips to visit Airy and Pilot.
We also made trips to Grandfather Mountain and to Pilot Mountain State Park to take in the fantastic views that are always displayed there. The weather was just fantastic for these visits.
Rather than try to describe all these places here I think I will just post a lot of pictures, so you can see for yourself.
For those of you that don't know the significance of some of the places we visited I'll make some foot notes here:
Ridge crest: Is a large facility, located just East of Asheville and is the home of the Lifeway (Southern Baptist) Conference complex. Lots of conferences are held here throughout the year, with thousands of youth attending at times as well as pastors and deacons. We stayed here for a fraction of what it would cost for a hotel in town. Very nice 4 star accommodations here!!!
Mount Airy: Home of Andy Griffith. There are many tourist attractions such as the Snappy Lunch diner, Floyd's Barber Shop and the Andy Griffith museum. Also, just outside of town, there is the largest open faced granite rock quarry in the world.
Mount Pilot: This is another town that is significant in the Andy Griffith story and it's name was used in the Andy Griffith program on TV. Aunt Bea's diner is located here. Also, the Pilot Mountain State Park is located just a few miles from town. From the top of this park's summit is found some very spectacular views.
Grandfather Mountain: This is a fantastic place to visit as this mountain rises well over a mile high in elevation. On this mountain is located a suspension bridge that you can cross. The center of the bridge is at 5,280 ft in elevation. It cost $15.00 to enter the park to visit the summit. But, very well worth the cost as the views are spectacular to say the least. There is an animal habitat located up there as well with Bear, Deer, Otter, and Eagles to view in captivity. You will find picnic area, a nice fudge shoppe and visitor's center as well on the premises.
Asheville: We visited the Billy Graham conference grounds located in the "Cove". Nice quiet place with wonderful views. Another nice place in Asheville to just visit and walk through is the Grove Park Inn-Spa and Resort. Fantastic views of Asheville can be seen from this hotel. We would recommend the Cheddar's Restaurant in Asheville as a great place to eat.
So...to wrap up this entry...We recommend this part of North Carolina as a good destination for some very good food and wonderful scenery. Just be prepared for higher gas prices in this state as the gas was about 15 cents higher here than in Tennessee.
I know this is a short update. Please enjoy the pictures we have selected to share.
Chris and I would like to thank Bud and Helen for their warm friendship and great traveling humor we shared on this trip. I could not think of no better folks to share a can of SPAM and Crackers with than these folks!!!
Hopefully we will be leaving for South Ga. to volunteer on the SAM train for the month of October. We also will be breaking in our new family member TOBY on this trip. So, please check back in on us as you get the chance. Please continue to keep us in your prayers as we travel. We love you all hope you all have a great rest of the summer.
In Dad's memory our adventure continues..........................
Archie, Chris (and TOBY the traveling pup)