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Oct 24, 2017 - Riding in the Rain

We left South Caroline on Monday and headed north. After crossing into North Carolina we ran into rain that continued into Virginia. As we climbed the Blue Ridge Mountains on I77 visibility dropped to near zero in fog. clouds, and rain. We drove as far as the KOA in Fancy Gap before stopping for the night. As we settled into Site 67 the heavens opened up and the phones began signaling tornado watches and warnings. Looking at the radars we were right in the middle of a watch box, but the tracks for the worst cells were to our north and...

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2017 Autumn Outing

May 17, 2017 - Lexington to Fancy Gap, VA

May 17, 2017 Met Roby for breakfast and left to begin our Blue Ridge Parkway Drive at about mile 40. We found the story of the building of the parkway fascinating. The Blue Ridge Parkway is a 469-mile scenic road winding through twenty-nine counties in the southern Appalachian mountains of Virginia and North Carolina. A carefully designed landscape set within a narrow corridor of protected land (about 88,000 acres in all), it is a “way through a park.” The Parkway is owned and managed by the National Park Service as part of the national...

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Sep 19, 2015 - Fancy Gap --- Blue Ridge Parkway

We spent three nights at Fancy Gap, Virginia which was our base for the Blue Ridge Parkway. We drove North the first day and South the second day, or mile post 220 to 155. There were not a lot of interesting things to see in this section of the Parkway. We were told that we had to stop at Nancy’s Candy, famous in these parts. She started out making fudge and selling it to tourists from a small stand. It was so popular that she now has a huge warehouse and has 15 employees making candy. And yes, we purchased candy. We also toured Mabry...

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Nov 3, 2014 - Blue Ridge Parkway Virginia

We enjoyed the lovely, leisurely drive through the Allegheny Mountains. We saw a group watching hawks coming thru to their winter home. We enjoyed touring the Old Mill and had lunch at Peaks of Otter restaurant where we were amazed at the picturesque view from our table. Like a painting, the mountain across peaked with a white cap that reflected in the beautiful lake in front of it. People walked all around while ducks and geese swam and played. Wow! ... and the food was good too! Natural Bridge Park was quite a sight. Nicely laid out and...

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East Coast 2014

Jun 16, 2012 - Great Smoky Mountains to the Blue Ridge Parkway

Greetings from Fancy Gap, Virginia…we are spending a couple days here to catch up on our writing (blogs and articles), relax and enjoy local sights. Since our last posting we have been in North Carolina, Tennessee, back to North Carolina and now Virginia. On June 8th I flew from Raleigh-Durham airport back to California, courtesy of Kelli and Dan, to watch Kaia while they were away for a weekend. I had a blast spending time with her, taking her to a local playground, building puzzles and visiting and cooking for my parents. One night our...

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Nov 6, 2011 - We are off! Destination Blue Ridge Parkway!

Well here it is November and we have been on the road for about a month. I know you all are wondering what we have been up to so I am going to cover our first 3 weeks out. Before I start it though I will say we returned home in the spring in April which actually was too early but I was so homesick that Tim rushed us home in 3 days. It turned out to be cold and rainy so next year we won't be home until May. We took off on Thursday October 6th. We finally got the RV packed and ready to go. It seemed like it took us forever this year. We...

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Oct 25, 2011 - Blue Ridge Parkway

We drove about 100 miles on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The previous trip along the Skyline in Shenandoah National Park was beautiful, but we both enjoyed the Blue Ridge more. The Blue Ridge parkway winds up and down. There are farms and small towns along the road. You really get a variety of perspectives from mountain and valley. We both fell in love with the rolling hills and farmland in Virginia and North Carolina. We picked up several real estate brochures and were teased by the prices. Of course, we are pretty well set in Florida, but if...

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May 29, 2011 - Shenandoah National Park

We had thought of staying here for a few nights once we leave this KOA, but after our drive on the Parkway yesterday, we ruled it out. The only way to go to the campgrounds inside the National Park is on Skyline Drive (which is the extention of the Blue Ridge Parkway-just through the Park). Since we weren't going to camp here, we decided we'd go on a drive today. Weather forecast is fine-always check that before we leave now. Zip up the interstate and then we're going to cut over and drive through about 1/2 of Skyline Drive and then cut...

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May 27, 2011 - Flea Market Virginia Style

Woke up to a beautiful morning, but it went south quick! The coffee maker went south. No Tarjay's in the area, but there is a Super Uncle Wally's in Mount Airy, NC and Galax, VA. They're both about the same distance-checked the weather forecast, and decide we'll go to Virginia. Good thing it's not far up the interstate, because the Jeep is thirsty. We'll just check out the prices when we get there. As we pull off the interstate, Sam notices a Citgo (which he boycots for his own reasons) that has reg. unleaded for $3.47/gal. We continue on...

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May 26, 2011 - Blue Ridge Parkway

If you want to see a few pictures of the campground, I took some today, but you'll have to go back to the entry for Fancy Gap. The last five pictures of the album. We decided we would drive the Blue Ridge Parkway today---no, not all of it as it actually covers 469 miles and travels through Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia. Sam needs to get some stuff from Camping World and we had seen one down the road aways. Figure we'll head south on I77 to Camping World, shop and then head west across I40 and hook up the Parkway. We've seen...

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May 25, 2011 - Pork Chop Sandwich

Woke up this morning knowing decisions had to be made. Have to get the jeep looked at, but first need to find out if the cable is working here or not. If it's not, then we'll need to move to another park that is close to a jeep dealer. I'm thinking of major cities that are about 1 hour away-Roanoke, VA or Winston-Salem, NC. They're both about the same distance north and south. Look at the weather forecast and I'm thinking Winston-Salem. On a whim, I google Jeep dealers near Fancy Gap and oh my gosh, there's one in Mount Airy (about 14...

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May 24, 2011 - Fancy Gap, Virginia

Forgot to mention that yesterday diesel was $3.89 outside August, GA. Didn't leave Anderson too early as we had only about 2 1/2 hours to drive to Morrisville, NC to meet up with Sam's old school chum. Had the Streets and Trips set up and shortly after we got started, it locked up :/ Used the cell phone as a back-up GPS to get onto the Interstate (of course, we had been going the wrong way). Shortly after we got on the Interstate, we came upon a really nice rest area. It would have been a great place for a lunch break if we had the...

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