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Go West Travel Journal, Day #2 10/13/17 WNC-NGA

Go West Travel Journal, Day #2 10/13/17 WNC-NGA
We were not expected in the Nashville area until Saturday, so we had another day and night to play with. We wanted to keep our driving distances as short as possible, being able to have time to hike and explore each stop along the way. We left Standing Indian, after a good hike and exercise for the puppies, and headed to my dear friend, Suzanne’s mountain home in Blue Ridge, GA. We had boondocked there before coming or going from Sapphire, but had not ever walked around the town of Blue Ridge.

We arrived in Blue Ridge in the afternoon and weren’t meeting Suzanne and Co. until that evening for dinner. We strolled through town with the puppies, had a snack, bought some gifts to take to my friend in Nashville and my dad and family in Memphis, and listened to a rockin’ street performer, who was a fabulous blues man.

It was the weekend of the Blue Ridge Fall Arts in the Park Festival. The town was bustling and so crowded. I believe all of Atlanta had emptied out and come to the mountains for leaf changing and the festival.

After an afternoon of walking around in town, we met Suzanne and a large group of Greenville, SC (our former hometown), Atlanta, and Blue Ridge friends for dinner at the Black Sheep Restaurant downtown. It was the perfect gathering spot for our band of black and tie dyed sheep. We had a table outside on the patio. It was a fabulous evening with a super fun group of people and a delicious meal. I was the designated driver and drove a rowdy group in Suzanne’s SUV from the restaurant, through the mountains, back to her house. Wiley rode with a wild woman in her convertible and was lucky to arrive alive. The party continued back at the house. It was a great evening and a really nice sendoff for us.

We got up, said our goodbyes, and hit the road early the next morning, heading to Thompson Station, TN, just outside Nashville, where my childhood friend, since first grade, Beth lives. Couldn’t wait to see her and her family and catch up. This TN girl was returning to her home state. It had been a long time. TN Bound!

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Go West Travel Journal, Day #1 10/12/17, WNC

Go West Travel Journal, Day #1 10/12/17, WNC

Last October, Wiley, the puppies, and I took our biggest adventure yet. We drove our “Happy  Camper” from our home in the WNC mountains to the Grand Canyon on an almost 3wk trip. I haven’t shared the experience previously, because I had planned on writing it as a blog post on our website, that just came to be. The website was on the back burner, because my live-in tech support husband was busy on his own work projects and had not gotten to building our website. Now, that we’re live, I can finally share the journey. I’ll post it one day at a time, so you can get a sense of what it was like for us, as we traveled. Hope you enjoy the ride and that it inspires your own cross country road trip. Here we go!

We were set to leave on Saturday, 10/14, to drive as far as the Nashville area, from our home base in Sapphire, NC. After work on Thursday, being all packed up days in advance, and busting with excitement, we decided to leave a couple of days early. Got a last minute campsite at one of our nearby faves, Standing Indian CG, which we took as a sign. We were off!

Standing Indian is a dream of a campground, hidden deep in the Nantahala National Forest. It’s “surrounded by 5,000′ peaks and crossed by several natural streams. It sits at an elevation of 3,880 feet at the headwaters of the scenic Nantahala River, amidst lush forests of evergreen trees and rhododendrons”. There is tons of phenomenal hiking from the campground and the AT Rock Gap trailhead is just outside the campground, as well.

We hiked upon arrival along the river and streams in the campground, before turning in. Got up bright and early and hiked one of our favorite trails, the Kimsey Creek Trail, before heading out towards Blue Ridge, GA to boondock at a friend’s mountain place. So long NC, thanks for the fabulous send off!