Blowing Rock



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10.17.2019-We visit Blowing Rock

Traveling the roads of North Carolina is always such a pleasure. I only wish I had the space and band with to post all the scenic views we experienced.

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Mountain tunnels. We came across quite a few of these on our Alaskan tour but these were the first we’d seen stateside.

The story behind the Blowing Rock from the BR Historical Society

Before 1752, when Moravian Bishop August Gottlieb Spangenberg visited the Blowing Rock area, the windy cliffs of the area were home to the Cherokee and the Catawba Indian tribes, hostile to each other, and the basis for the story of “The “Blowing Rock”. Two star-crossed lovers, one from each tribe, were walking near The Rock when the reddening sky signaled to the brave that he must return to his tribal duty, and the maiden urged him to stay with her.

Below I capture Carla exemplifying her youthful climbing skills. I’m very happy just taking her picture from a safe distance.

His desperation in choosing between duty and love caused him to leap from the edge of the gorge toward the rocks below, while the maiden beseeched the Great Spirit to bring him back to her. The famous winds of the John’s River Gorge blew her lover back into her arms, and this legend about The Blowing Rock is still told today..

Before 1752, when Moravian Bishop August Gottlieb Spangenberg visited the Blowing Rock area, the windy cliffs of the area were home to the Cherokee and the Catawba Indian tribes, hostile to each other, and the basis for the story of “The “Blowing Rock”. Two star-crossed lovers, one from each tribe, were walking near The Rock when the reddening sky signaled to the brave that he must return to his tribal duty, and the maiden urged him to stay with her. His desperation in choosing between duty and love caused him to leap from the edge of the gorge toward the rocks below, while the maiden beseeched the Great Spirit to bring him back to her. The famous winds of the John’s River Gorge blew her lover back into her arms, and this legend about The Blowing Rock is still told today.

You’ll never feel you have enough money to retire,
however, once you feel you have enough money,
will you have enough time?

Squaw Creek, Cedar Rapids stay.



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9.02.2019-Travel to Cedar Rapids, FL
We awoke around 6am to prepare ourselves for an 8am departure. Needless to say the 175-mile journey went flawlessly. Our stay at Winnebago was fruitful but not everything was repaired.

The paint touch-ups were good, the TV was remounted is now sits perfectly lines up better then the old set and the rear electrical receptacle was replaced. The fireplace was checked but would have to be serviced by a Dimplex service center, which we’ll try to do on this coming Wednesday. The ceiling fabric would be unchecked for lack of time. We have an idea or two on that as well. The repair to the front of the coach was very important and critical and it did get resolved.

Almost forgot, the LED reading on the odometer dash. It was fixed by the technician in a couple of minutes, no major problem. All in all it was a very fruitful visit. Another problem we’d been experiencing was the TV.

 We arrived in Cedar Rapids around noon, traveled through Cedar Rapids to the town of Marion, IA to Squaw Creek State Campground just off root 100. We’re in Loop A site 14. We have everything except sewer; it’s doable for two-weeks. Don and Joyce invited us to dinner that evening which was bountiful and delicious.

After replacing the Dish receiver we deduced it was the TV, so we purchased a 43in Samsung. After buying a new receiver we discovered that its malfunctioning was probably a result of it being stuck in the cabinet above where the heat does go to extremes. Hanging it from the cabinet may not look that good but, it’s a motorhome. We have to make accommodations occasionally, a problem those in real homes may not have to contend with. It’s on Carla’s side of the cabin but she doesn’t seem to even notice it any longer.

9.03.2019-Travel to Cedar Rapids, FL


We awoke around 6am to prepare ourselves for an 8am departure. Needles to say the 175-mile journey went flawlessly. We arrived in Cedar Rapids around noon, traveled through the to the town of Marion to Squaw Creek State Campground just off root 100. We’re in Loop A site 14. We have everything except sewer; it’s doable for two-weeks. Don and Joyce invited us to dinner that evening which was bountiful and delicious.

9.04.2019-Wed.-Day 2

Day 2 at Squaw Creek. Our main concern moving forward is the fact that it is, most likely, to get colder more than warmer, especially at 2am in the morning. Our fireplace would be our first line of defense against the cold. We went online and found Colony AC in Cedar Rapids, IA. Henry, from Colony, came to diagnose the condition of the fireplace. A new part will be ordered and, hopefully, early next year it will be back in business again. We enjoyed a delightful afternoon and evening with Don and Joyce.

9.05.2019-Day 3

 

 

 

 

 

We had everyday chores to complete and then we spent the rest of the afternoon with the MacDougall’s but had to leave in order to feed Scoots. We completed our visit with Dinner at Noodle’s. The food, as always, was delicious.

9.06.2019- Mike’s Birthday
Had a chance to speak to Mike in the morning and wished him a Happy Birthday. Still find it difficult to hear him speak of home ownership and work challenges. We hope to drop in at Don and Joyce’s to do laundry.

9.12.2019-update
The day to day writings are in the Journal for September, but in general, we continue enjoying this beautiful State Park Campground and the delicious meals at the MacDougall’s. Between rain showers I found time to pull the tanks. We’ve been lucky to get about 5-days on the tanks. Push it to six and the sinks have a tendency to begin to back up then I MUST go out, rain or shine, and take care of the tanks. Not a big deal. On average it only takes us one-half hour for this odd job from the time we start to close up the coach to the time we get back and let the slides out for another 5-day period on the day we leave Squaw Creek. Wow! It was mid-afternoon and there’s a sudden heavy knocking on the door. The camper outside stated; You don’t belong on this site! We politely disagreed. We were able to find the park ranger and he agreed; We were supposed to vacate the site at noon today! We had no leg to stand on. The ranger volunteered that he could find us several suitable site in Loop B we could move to. Sure enough! Site 30 in Loop B had everything we needed and we owed the campground 5-days in fees. Our fault for not reviewing the confirmation sheet and not picking up the error earlier.

9.13.2019- The Amana Colonies.

 

 

 

 

 

The MacDougall’s called and we decided to experience the Amana Colony with them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Henry, from Colony AC, arrived to our new site by 10am. The new fireplace blower was fully installed by 11am.  After leaving the Amana Colony we experienced Lilly Lake.

9.14.2019-Sat.Day 12
As it says, day 12 of this stay in Cedar Rapids. It’ll be jacks-up come Tuesday morning. We have no filed trips planned for the next couple of days. Our new site in Loop B is as comfortable as the previous site. Carla is hopeful of trying to do laundry today before Mass. We used our new rejuvenated fireplace last night as the temps outside hit the low 50’s and the coach temp dropped to 67. Not sure if there’ll be anything more to write the next couple of days but we’ll see,

You’ll never feel you have enough money to retire,
however, once you feel you have enough money,
will you have enough time?

Custer State Park


 

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8.19.2019-Custer State Park -pictorial mostly

This is going to be mostly a car-tour of the Custer State Park. In all it will take us three hours to completely experience only two of the many routes of this park. As usual we begin with a visit to the Visitors Center.

 

This little guy is far from family. We see no other members of his herd anywhere around, but that’s somebody else’s problem. Upper right is the first of two tunnels we travel through. Absolutely no place for the coach. Rock formations abound at every turn.

Tunnel number two. This tunnel, unlike the first one, will bring us to one of the parks famous rock structures, Needle Rock, as seen below.

Being Seniors, especially seniors from Florida, we have a hard time passing up an eatery, especially one with such an awesome reputation. We’ve been told by several folks not to pass up the Purple Pie Place in the town of Custer. At this point we have not yet reached our destination, but the food was great. We enjoyed apple pie and ice cream and Carla enjoyed strawberry Rhubarb Pie.

From a distance we spotted a large group of dots on a hillside. We could only hope we would find wildlife. Yes! A herd of bison were far up on the side of the road with dozens of cars and onlookers viewing them. As we were pulling up to the herd they all decided it was time to come down from the hillside and cross the road we were on. It could not have gotten much better then this.

As if the Bison were not enough, about a mile later we came across a small group of mules enjoying the company to the visitors. Must give credit to the people who saw the bison herd, all remained either in or by their cars. A always the day does come to an end and we have a 66-mile drive back to the coach.