Our last night in N.C. we had a strong storm come through and I almost lost my garden because the wind hit hard and fast and took off an awning from one of the Rvs in the park and then the rain turned to hail very quickly and I had to run out bare footed with a garbage bag for a raincoat to cover the garden and only lost a couple of lettuce plants but ended up soaked. Oh well, the garden is saved. It seems to be growing well but nothing to eat yet. The radishes seem to have slowed down but the tomatoes and pepper plants are doing well and blooming and the beets look good. It is a new challenge and has sure gotten us a lot of attention when we park, sure hope we get something to eat too. So off we go to Sherando Lakes Nat. Forest by way of the Appalachian Mountains and Tennessee. Dave and I share driving on some travel days and today he decided we should take a short cut when I was driving and he almost got me in a jam but we found a place to turn around and the guys following said it was a good thing we stopped as we would NOT have made it through. Watch out for short cuts… Anyway just another adventure. When we got to Sherando Lakes, they were full for the night and now its 5pm. But the nice gal at the gate gave us a couple choices and said to come back in the morning as some sites were just paid for 1 day. We choose the closest one, which also turned out to be expensive($31.00/nite) as they usually just get the overflow from Sherando Lakes and weren’t really even open but the manager came and let us in and we had the whole campground all to ourselves. Next morning we got a great site in the Nat. For. With a nice little stream behind our site which Naomi loved and 3 kids in the next site to play with, of course her white shorts aren’t white anymore after chasing little fish and bugs and playing in the water. We also enjoyed another trip on the Blue Ridge Parkway and planned to go see a couple of President’s homes but when we got to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello home they wanted $28. a piece and the next tour wasn’t for a couple hours so we decided not to wait to spend that much money just to see a house. We also made a stop at James Monroe’s home Ashlawn Highland which is now owned by William & Mary college. We are glad that these historic places have been saved but both feel it’s too bad that we Americans who paid taxes have to pay again to see our history. Oh well, no one was too disappointed and we sure enjoyed our time at Sherando Lakes. Next it’s off to Manassas Nat. battlefield on our journey through hallowed land. Enjoy our pictures and our trip with us.