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St. George, SC, October 8, 2012

rain 56 °F

Today was a travel day from Garner to St. George, SC. We chose it because we can do a day trip to Charleston and it wasn't a bad ride, only 235 miles. The hardest part of the trip today was the rain, which we had on and off for much of the day. It seems as if we have been having lots of rain for the last few weeks and living in the south we are not used to it.
We stopped for lunch in Florence, SC at the Mellow Mushroom. While waiting for the light to change we realized that the light looked like a character we know. Do you recognize him?
Home of the GIANT mushroom.

Home of the GIANT mushroom.

Invasion of the Mushroom People.

Invasion of the Mushroom People.

Beaker from Muppets has a new job.

Beaker from Muppets has a new job.


We pulled into our campground in the pouring rain and were lucky to get a pull through, so we didn't get too wet. When it finally stopped raining we walked around the park and it is one of the nicest Passport America parks we have been to. We only paid $20 and $3 was a 50 amp fee. We are very happy and will stay for 2 or 3 nights depending on the weather. Charleston in the rain is not as much fun as Charleston in the sun.
Our rainy site

Our rainy site

Ducks on the pond.

Ducks on the pond.

Cows too!

Cows too!


With the rain the high temp was only 56° today. Another chilly day.

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Fall is here!

Garner, NC, October 7, 2012

rain 54 °F

We had some serious rain this morning and we stayed inside. Justin and Gwen had schoolwork to take care of, so we didn't see them until the afternoon. Of course, there was a ball game to watch when we arrived and we got take-out for dinner. Just a nice relaxing Fall day, with temps only in the 50s! Quite a change from yesterday's 80s. On the road again tomorrow.

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Geobiking?!?!

Garner, NC, October 6, 2012

sunny 83 °F

So, just what is geobiking, you may ask? Well, we invented it just today. It's geocaching and biking! How clever! The North Carolina Museum of Art has a large campus that includes lots of outdoor art as well as many miles of biking trails. Just a few weeks ago some new trails opened up and we got to ride on them as well. It was Don and I, Justin and Gwen, and their brother-in-law, Kevin. Kevin brought his three children, Kenlee, 7, Will 5 and Lachlen 2. Lachlen rode on Kevin's bike, but the other two rode their own and the ride today was challenging. Our total mileage was only about 6, but the hills were quite something. We had a good time and the kids did a great job. On our way back to the parking lot we did our geocaching. The first one was an ammo box and Don found it! It was his first find ever and he was very proud. The second one was a micro size and Justin found it. By then we were all hungry and headed home.
quite a group!

quite a group!

The adults on the bike trip

The adults on the bike trip

Biking rest break!

Biking rest break!

Tough coming back up!

Tough coming back up!

A long hill

A long hill

Aren't you a little big for that bike??

Aren't you a little big for that bike??

Yep, we found it.

Yep, we found it.

A tiny geo-cache

A tiny geo-cache


Justin and Gwen came to our house for dinner and we cooked! It was nice enough to eat outside and then it was time to watch football.
Beautiful day, 83° and sunny.
It appears that this blog is again posting to Facebook! I'm glad that it is, but I do not know what the problem was. Thanks for bearing with me.

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A North Carolina State of Mind :)

Garner, NC, October 5, 2012

sunny 82 °F

After a leisurely start to the day we got on the road about 10 and drove about 262 miles. Our destination was Garner, NC, where Justin and Gwen live. We arrived about 3:30 and got all set up. The place we are staying is a mobile home park and they can go either way. This one is very nice and clean, with grassy, shaded sites. The best part is that we are only 4.5 miles from Justin and Gwen. This is the first time we have stayed here, but I think we will come back. After getting all set up we came to the kids' house and got pizza for dinner. Yum! I was able to get all my laundry done at their house, also.
Justin and Gwen's house

Justin and Gwen's house

Gwen relaxing on the couch

Gwen relaxing on the couch

Justin and Don

Justin and Don

Living room

Living room

The kitchen

The kitchen


We had a beautiful, sunny day with a high of 82°.

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Country Roads Take Me Home . . .

Charlottesville, VA, October 4, 2012

sunny 79 °F

The country roads here were beautiful today with many of the trees starting to change color. Our first road took us to the home of John-Boy Walton AKA Earl Hamner, Jr. In the tiny town of Schuyler, VA we found the Walton's Mountain Museum housed in the former Schuyler Elementary School. It's a wonderful tribute to the Walton's TV show with lots of memorabilia, multiple rooms made up just like the show and a terrific movie with interviews of the cast. After the museum we walked across the street to the house the Earl Hamner grew up in and the Country store. What a great find!
Virginia's open roads

Virginia's open roads


The Waltons have a museum??

The Waltons have a museum??

Walton's living room

Walton's living room

Remember the Post Office at Ike's Store??

Remember the Post Office at Ike's Store??

John-Boy's bedroom

John-Boy's bedroom

Earl Hamner's home

Earl Hamner's home

Walton Mtn. General Store

Walton Mtn. General Store


Lunch today was at the Michie (say Mickey) Tavern. This historic 18th century tavern served as the social center of the community. The midday meal is served in the Ordinary by servers dressed in period attire. It is hearty 18th century fare and delicious! Also on the property are a General Store, The Clothier, The Metal Smith and the Tavern-museum Shop. Another great find for today.
Great place to eat.

Great place to eat.

Michie Tavern Store

Michie Tavern Store

Inside the 1784 tavern

Inside the 1784 tavern

Dinner by candlelight (sort of)

Dinner by candlelight (sort of)

Michie Tavern

Michie Tavern


After our meal we headed about 1/4 mile down the road to Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's home. This is a fabulous plantation owned by the writer of our Declaration of Independence. The same person who believed that "all men are created equal" and have a right to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" and owned over 600 slaves in his lifetime!! Upon his death he only freed 5 of them! Incredible! We had a great tour of the house that is filled with about 65% original artifacts. Then we also toured Mulberry Row, which was a 1,300 foot long section of the grounds that were originally planted with mulberry trees. This is where the Jefferson's vegetable garden was, along with slave houses, a nailery, joiner's shop and others. Jefferson inherited land from his father and, over the years, added to it until he had 5,000 acres. This land was not all the same plantation, he divided it up into farms and had Monticello, Poplar Ridge, Tufton, Lego and Shadwell. Originally he grew tobacco as a cash crop, but turned to wheat when grain prices rose. Even with all this land and crops, Thomas Jefferson was in serious financial trouble when he died and the house and furnishings had to be sold. There is a cemetery on the property where he and much of his family are buried. This is still an active cemetery and taken care of by the family.
The rear entrance of the estate

The rear entrance of the estate

The kitchen of Monticello

The kitchen of Monticello

The all important beer cellar.

The all important beer cellar.

Underground passageway at Monticello

Underground passageway at Monticello

Jefferson experimented with plants.

Jefferson experimented with plants.

A current archeological dig

A current archeological dig

Where Tom and Martha Jefferson are buried. RIP

Where Tom and Martha Jefferson are buried. RIP


The weather turned out to be perfect today, with lots of sun and a high about 79°.

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