Sunday, June 27, 2010
We headed out this morning to go check out a campground, about two hours from here. The campground sits in the valley, between the Blue Ridge mountains and their website spelled out a very specific route to take, when coming in with your camper. Since we were driving the car, we didn't give it a thought and just punched in the address of the campground and off we went. On the way, we drove through Boone....which is a cute little town. It was getting close to lunchtime so we pulled into the parking lot of a store called Earth Fare and I went inside, searching for lunch. What a neat store that was ! They had a cafe area with prepared paninis and salads on display so I bought a veggie panini and some cranberry broccoli salad. Oh my, was it yummy !
From there we continued on our GPS course towards Blowing Rock. Somewhere near there we were told to make a right hand turn and it was like jumping down a rabbit hole. I should have been a little leery when the highway sign said...Unpaved Road Next 5.8 miles. It was like a goat path..no guard rail...spiraling down...down...down. Have I ever mentioned before how I hate roads with sheer cliffs on either side of the road that make you feel like you're going to plummet into an abyss where no one would find you for weeks ? Well, that is how this road seemed and I was gripping the steering wheel for all I was worth. Every muscle in my body was tensed...On top of the steep and winding part, there were wash board ruts in the road that made the car shudder sideways when we'd hit them....causing more sheer panic. Do you know how long it takes to cover 5.8 miles when you're only going 15 m.p.h. ? A VERY LONG TIME !!
When we finally did make it to the bottom and to the campground, it was nice but not all that. As we were leaving it started to rain....Linda checked the directions she had written down for getting to the campground (if coming with the rig) and knowing that there was no way in you know what we were going BACK the way we came, we proceeded out the correct way EXCEPT Linda told me to go right when I should have gone left. During a few of the "flat" miles we did drive, we saw that there are huge tree farms here. We saw large, mature magnolias growing in rows and arborvitae, etc. It was like Valley of the Trees....kind of cool until we discovered that we had gone the wrong way and not only was the road worse than the other one (now we're going UP the mountain) but now we have 10 miles to go instead of 5.8 miles. Eeekkk!! I was about ready for several valium at this point. After the first couple of miles I had told Linda to refrain from saying, "Oh geeze that's a really long way down and there aren't any guard rails." Yeah, it was nerve wracking.
Yep, there was a gorge....White Creek gorge. Seems to be the happenin' place on the weekends, especially if it's 90 degrees out.
As we were driving down Rt.70, to get to the site of the covered bridge, we had passed an ice cream place called "Udderly Delicious". Their sign said that their ice cream was home made. We retraced our path the five miles it took to get to the ice cream place and got a banana split. It was a fitting end to a full day of adventure...As advertised it was "Udderly Delicious" !!