Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Visiting the Daughter in NC and Having Fun…

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Our next stop from Hickory North Carolina will be a month long stay at a park near our daughter, Katie, in Moncure North Carolina. We will be staying at Dickens' RV Park a place we have stayed before. It is a park mostly inhabited by transient workers and very few folks like us.We stay there because it is close enough to our daughter in Raleigh that we can easily visit anytime we want plus it is also close to many of the other attractions we like to visit during our stay.

We pulled into the park around lunchtime and began getting settled in.Since we were in a site facing southwest we put up our ‘semi-permanent” 10x14 sun blocking screen. Man we love this product when we are staying for at least a month as it gives us both sun protection keeping the RV cooler and it also provides a bit of privacy when sitting outside.Seriously this product is the bomb…

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The first weekend our daughter took off of work for a few days and stayed with us in the RV. It is always fun having her visit. She looks forward to eating breakfast tacos and other Texas styled home cooking with us.  Happily she also likes playing disc golf with us. Staying here in Moncure we have at least 6 or 7 very nice disc golf courses nearby. North Carolina has some of the most scenic and best laid out courses we have played.  It is a very popular sport in this area as we usually encounter other players who are friendly and helpful in directing us to hard to find tee boxes.

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We played one of our favorite disc courses near Pittsboro NC called Rock Ridge. This course is very long and challenging so it also is a great way to get some good exercise. There is one downside to playing this park as it is heavily wooded with narrow “fairways” making it quite a challenge considering the length of the course including one hole which measures over 700 feet!!!

In Moncure we are also near many different breweries as well. During her visit, Katie took us to a couple of her favorite breweries in Raleigh  Both Bond Brewing and Raleigh Brewing were pretty good but the IPA’s were certainly not up to the west coast standard. The beer was cold and the atmosphere was upbeat at both places so we could certainly see why she picked them.

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We will be in Moncure until July 13th so we will be staying in weather a bit warmer than we like. We still haven't firmed up our summer plans but hope to at least move further north after leaving here. Where to? We aren’t sure yet so everything is still on the table from Maine to Massachusetts to Michigan. We only know we will be staying east since we will be wintering in Florida this year.

NOTE: We are now in Moncure NC near Raleigh to visit our daughter for a month and will leave here on July 13th.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Baker’s Mountain Hike near Hickory North Carolina…

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Our week was up in Blairsville Georgia and we were certainly glad we took the opportunity to visit the beautiful mountains of Northern Georgia. We will be back for sure but it was time to hit the road!  Our goal was to stop at a TA truck stop just outside of Asheville NC to scope out a few parks we found online. The first one we checked out was Wilson's RV Park but not only was it completely full there is virtually no way we could have made the turn into the park.

imageimageThe other park we wanted to check out was the Lake Powhatan State Rec Area. Despite its rave reviews the road into the park with its abundant low hanging branches also kept us from choosing this park. It might be a real nice park but having to spend hours buffing our tree limb scratches in our paint job didn’t appeal to us.

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Frustrated, we drove back to the truck stop and decided to simply head further down the road. We love Asheville and hoped to revisit it but we decided it was not in the stars. Our next destination was a small park called Indian Springs RV Resort. The entrance road into this park was not good either but it wasn’t low lying branches this time, it was a very narrow pavement which became a rough dirt road the last little bit. Once in the park it turned out to be a beautiful little park of 25 sites in a lush green valley.

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We set up camp and then went into Hickory to check out the town. We found it to be a neat little town worth exploring a bit more. The next day we decided instead of exploring town we should take advantage of our opportunity to take one last mountain hike for a while. We drove to Bakers Mountain Regional Park to hike to the top of Baker Mountain.

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We did mostly the red loop trail but took a few legs off of it and it made the loop hike a bit over 3 miles. There were some steep climbs on this trail but it was mostly in great shape, and other than a bit of huffing and puffing, we were able to make our way to the top for a great view over the lower lying hills and valleys below.

After our great hike it was off to town to explore one of the area’s breweries called Olde Hickory Brewery. We visited their tap house and sampled a few of their craft beers. I thought their best one was the Black IPA which was very drinkable on a hot day after a long hike..

NOTE: We are now in Moncure NC near Raleigh to visit our daughter for the next month.