The Blue Ridge Mountains
Tuesday, July 8th:
We first stopped at Morganton Point, a Forest Service campground on
Still looking for cool weather so we decided to head north to the
We got onto the
We drove to Ashville and the Lake Powahatan Recreation Area Campground run by the Forest Service. A very nice campground. Our site even has water and a sewer connection; more than we had expected. The lake is small and not visible from the campground. There is a stream by the spillway. Gopher & I went walking; she went swimming. We went in town to the Western NC Farmers Market. Bought tomatoes and a great cantaloupe. We had lunch at the restaurant attached to the Market. Very good. Huge servings of very traditional Southern cooking. After lunch we went back to the campground. Played Mexican Train & read our books. So far, I’m ahead by 4 points.
Our plan was to go to this huge Flea Market not far from here. On the way there, we passed this beautiful park on the bank of a river. We drove to the Flea Market. What a dump. We turned around, did some grocery shopping then went back to the park we saw. Found a nice level spot under some trees and stayed for the rest of the day. The park, Bent Creek River & Picnic Area, is a put-in place for local rafting companies. It was fun just spending the day reading and people watching. Gopher enjoyed swimming in a creek leading into the river. Came back to our campground about . Later in the day, a campground host came through telling people a large bear was seen in the campground. The berries are beginning to ripen and the bears are eating the berries. Played more Mexican Train. Carol’s not doing well. I’m ahead by about 10 points. The game is mostly luck. So far I’ve just been luckier.
In the morning we went back to the
Got back on the
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