|We got to Advance, North Carolina, on Monday, April 26. We stayed at the best Thousand Trails park ever, with frequent visits from Eastern Bluebirds (God's version, not motorhomes) goldfinches, and thrashers. While on our morning walks through the nature trails, we usually saw groups of white-tailed deer. The place was awesome! The Blue Ridge Mountains and Hanging Rock State Park were near enough to ride to, and so was Mt. Airy, the birthplace of Andy Griffith and the setting for The Andy Griffith Show. We took pictures of Linville Falls on our ride to the Blue Ridge Parkway. There was not much at Hanging Rock, but we did get a shot of a brave young lady sitting on the rock. Mt. Airy, aka Mayberry, was a hoot. We went to Snappy Lunch, and walked around a bit. The City Jail was closed, as it is now a local business and we went on Saturday, but you can take a tour of Mayberry in a squad car that looks just like the one on TV.