Our Adventure Continues 2013 and Beyond travel blog

This is the front of our lodging while at RidgeCrest. These were...

This was the entrance to the prayer garden located on campus at...

Prayer gardens at Ridgecrest

Chris with the views at the summit of the mountain located Ridgecrest

Bud and Helen at the Ridgecrest summit- Good looking couple huh!!!

View from the RidgeCrest Sumitt

Archie walking up to the Grove Inn and Resort over looking Ashville....

Grove Inn with folks on the porch eating supper with a beautiful...

Folks eating dinner on the porch at the Grove Inn. Asheville is...

Inside the chapel located at Billy Graham Confernce grounds in the COVE.

The steeple of the chapel in the COVE

Grove Inn--This is Bud in front of the largest fire place I...

Here we are sharing a can of SPAM at the picnic grounds...

Chris an Archie at the suspension bridge at 5,280 ft on Grandfather...

Suspension Bridge Grandfather Mountain- Lots of wind blows here as well

View from Grandfather Mountain at 5,280 ft.

Archie standing on ledge at about 5,300 ft in elevation...you don't want...

This is the view from the car as you start your descent...

Chris at an overlook at Blow Rock summit in Blow Rock, NC

Chris at the Garden spot located on Blow Rock summit

The sweet shop was a hopping here at Grandfather Mountain summit.

Here we are in the Snappy Lunch waiting on our Pork Chop...

The world famous Pork Chop sandwich w/chili, slaw. mayo, mustard, tomato- YUM...

Now that is one big mouth (full) !!!

This is the delicious fried Bologna Sandwich. loaded- YUM YUM

Here is that big pork chop being fried on the grill -...

Chris and the Andy Griffith statue in front of the museum in...

Floyd's Barber shop and Snappy Lunch in Mt. Airy- Just a small...

Andy Griffith museum in Mt. Airy

Inside Floyd's Barber Shop in Mt. Airy

This is view of the largest open faced granite quarry in the...

Aunt Bea's Diner located in Pilot Mountain, NC...the food is all fast...

This is Andy Griffith's home place in Mt. Airy.- he ws raised...

This is a shot from a location from Pilot Mountain State Park...

Chris making her way through one of the rock formations on Pilot...

View of Pilot Mountain from the main road as we were heading...

These pews are inside the chapel at the COVE. These benches are...

Chris in front of the wood carvings store at Grandfather Mtn. This...

Another great scripture at the summit of Ridgecrest Mt.

This scripture verse is located at the Ridgecrest Summit and sums up...

This is TOBY our new traveling companion. Hi TOBY!!! 8 weeks old


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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..........................

Later Alligators,

Archie, Chris (and TOBY the traveling pup)



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