Annual Summertime Camping Trip
Each year we leave
earlier and earlier. Soon we will be full time, I guess. I know that
wouldn’t bother Sandy.
arrived at Pride RV Resort on Sunday, July 6th, after
spending the night in a Wal-mart parking lot in Florence, SC. The
weather is great. We get to see our granddaughter Rachel, for the first
time since Christmas! That is just too long, for me anyway. She it
still tiny. We get to keep her while her mom and dad going scuba
Friday, July 18th, 2008
joined by our friends Becky and Rick as we headed to downtown
Waynesville for the opening Folkmoot USA parade. This is their 25th
year in operation. Nine countries showed up this year. Twelve were
invited, one could not get their Visa’s and we believe two had to cancel
for economic reasons this year.
countries represented were Argentina, Belarus, Chinese Taipei, Nova
Scotia (Canada), France, Japan (1st time), Russia, Slovakia
and Trinidad. They danced their way down the street in full costume in
86 degree heat; some wearing fur hats and sheep’s wool jackets. They
were fabulous. We have tickets to see their performance another time
while we are in the mountains.
Saturday, July 19th, 2008
head out for Yogi-In-The-Smokies campground. Not sure what to expect.
Although they changed ownership about two years ago, they have a new
manager this year. (It is so hard breaking in new managers when you
have been coming 24 years and they have only been there a couple of
months.) When we got there, our daughter Stephanie and boyfriend Ryan
were already there and set up. Becky and Rick’s son, Ricky and his
girlfriend Jessica showed up late that day after flying into Asheville,
from San Jose, Ca. We also took our granddaughter Rachel with us in the
RV. The rest of the group had been there for some time and were busy
with many activities. I always say I’m going to keep track of all the
wonderful meals we have while camping and I never do….hmm…one of these
Sunday, July 20, 2008
have convinced Stephanie and Ryan to move there campsite to a campsite
closer to us. It was a better site for putting up a tarp to keep the
rain off. Afterwards they took a walk down to Mingo Falls with Rick and
Jessica. By the time they got back it was time for dinner and I was
hungry so I was rushing everyone to the picnic table for eats. While I
was sitting there stuffing my mouth my other daughter Tricia, mentioned
out loud, “ Stephanie, when did you get a new pair of earrings?”.
Stupid me, was looking at her ears, and I certainly didn’t think they
were new…when…BAM!…Bling ! Stephanie had a diamond ring on her hand!
STEPHANIE IS ENGAGED! ! ! ! Bob and I are so happy, I was running
around the campground, dragging my daughter with me to show her ring to
all our camping friends. Ryan is so sweet. We have been busy trying to
get Ryan caught up with OUR camping traditions.
Monday, July 21, 2008
of those traditions is biking down the unpaved, non-graveled,
Heintooge-Roundbottom Road from atop the Blue Ridge Parkway. It’s a 21
mile road that comes into Great Smoky Mountains National Park from the
parkway, and ends up in downtown Cherokee, but we don’t go that far; it
goes right past the campground. It was an old logging road back before
the land was a national park and its all downhill. I did not go this
year as I am recovering from plantar fasciitis. Also getting all the
bicycles to the top of the mountain was a planning nightmare. Ended up
with Tricia driving the backup vehicle down behind them. Unfortunately
Stephanie and Ryan had to leave on Tuesday, so we wished them safe
travel and they were on
But we still had more fun planned.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
are on our way back to Waynesville for a Folkmoot Spectacular at Haywood
County Community College. A wonderful evening of performances by the
groups I mentioned above.
were all wonderful; and it allows me to travel around the world without
leaving the USA, The only group that got a standing ovation was from
Japan. It consisted of 18 high school students playing about 32
different drums. My gosh! My heart started beating to a different pace
listening to them play. They were fantastic!
(The picture had to be taken without flash, my apologies).
July 24 - August 3, 2008
|For the next 8 days or
so we continued to enjoy the company of friends and family. This is
a camping trip about friends, not sightseeing or touring. We have
been coming to this area for 24 years and we have done all the
touristy things. We are here for some R&R. Hopefully the pictures
below will show you some of the fun and/or relaxing things we
was usually an everyday activity. The water is very cool, but the
sun is very warm. I have done my time on the river. I now tell
everyone I am the official photographer for water activities (haha).
Below is a picture
of my other half, Sandy.
He keeps on floating down the river
like he’s got all the time in the world (which he does). And if a
person is not floating down the river, they are sitting in the
The ruby throated hummingbird thrives
in this area. We can put the feeders out, and they show up in a
matter of hours. It’s like they are waiting for us to arrive. We
learned this from some friends who used to camp here and we have
continued the tradition, and we now have others bringing feeders
friends from Florida bring some of their entertainment with them as
well as some
cooking utensils. I think you can
safely say…we are not your usual hot dogs and hamburger campers!
picture to the right shows what I spent a lot of my time doing. The
quilt on the left was pieced in Florida this spring, and I finally
got it put together and hand quilted and binded here. I can work
outside where the sunlight is great for stitching. Hanging them
outside I also learned is a great way to find other quilters who are
campers. They will walk right up and start talking and we instantly
have something in common. A great way for meeting great women!
last picture shows the location of our motorhome on the river. As
you can see from the picture we ARE RIGHT ON THE RIVER. While we
enjoy our location we do have a healthy respect for this little
river. Many people seem to think this is a little harmless creek but
we have personally seen the destruction this river can do. Just last
year it overran it banks in about 20 minutes after a rainstorm. I’m
not trying to scare anyone. I just want people to realize that water
is a powerful force of nature.
|Well, the party was
over, and we had to say goodbye to so many. Darrell, Tommy & Julia,
Tug & Tonya, Mark & Taryn, Skip & Patti and the whole Georgia
crowd, Rick & Becky, and Connie & Ronnie. Now most of them had to
leave before us, because they still have to work. Boy, life is
tough, but someone has to keep the country
|One note I’d like to
add. This campground is far up a “holler” in the Smoky Mountain
Range on the Cherokee Reservation. Cell phone service is sporadic at
best and just a year or so ago it didn’t work at all, Same for