|Hominy Valley RV Park|
Our third year ended on March 28, 2018 when we arrived back in Asheville, NC. Unfortunately our usual campground has stopped doing monthly rental so we stayed only a few nights at Hominy Valley RV Park while waiting for our spot to open at the next place.
|Asheville West KOA|
The park has all the amenities you would expect from a KOA. Plus, beautiful hiking trails and a very large fenced dog park.
Nancy and Mielikki got a mile in every morning walking all of the trails.
Of course, Nancy had to take pictures. One of the best things of spring is watching everything come to life.
Not only did we watch the flowers go from buds to full bloom we watched the woods come to life as well.
|As usual Mielikki found plenty of large sticks to|
play with and a shady spot to relax
|L: early in our stay|
R: the last day of our stay
|The VA Hospital|
has a sense of humor
|Stitches for Mielikki|
The license plates on the RV have been renewed so we are road ready and the car will have its inspection down the road before we leave North Carolina, so we can renew our plates in July.
We did some repairs/maintenance as well. We fixed a side mirror, replaced the water pump and the fender on the tow-dolly. Plus, Nancy painted our curtains to add a little fun color to the living room. (pictures in the tip below)
|Semlas - a Swedish delight - at Hi-Wire|
|The Wedge is always fun -|
Smoke and Salt oysters at Burial
and loved the sign
outside of Archetype Brewing
Nancy spent a wonderful three hours catching up with her pen-pal Barbara, yes they really did meet as pen-pals when Barbara lived in New York. Barrett and Emily came for a visit from Raleigh to pick up their wedding gifts that we brought with us from Dallas.
Breakfast at Fractals Coffee Shop and Cafe was an experience. As if pancakes made by a robot wasn't enough, they have giraffes inside and out, and a Tardis! Nancy was in her glory.
Coffee and tasty treats at City Bakery with Billie and Judy rounded out our visits.
While is seems like we did a lot - a month is just not long enough. There were a number of places and things that we did not get checked off of our to-do list.
One thing we did accomplish was a hike with Janet on Easter Sunday. We conquered a small portion of Max Patch, which is on the Appalachian Trail.
The views are spectacular as you walk around the patch - every direction offers something new and we never get tired of the blue ridges that go on for miles and miles.
We got to talk to a few people who are hiking the Appalachian Trail, either all the way to Maine or working on it in bits and pieces.
A stop at Mad Co Brew House in Marshall was a nice ending to the hike. We not only enjoyed the beer and pretzels but the sign over the bar made us chuckle.
Jonas Gerard is one of Nancy's favorite artists and his demonstrations are always entertaining.
Up next three stops in North Carolina, which will include the ocean!
Till we meet again...
Happy Trails to You!
Tips and things we have learned along the way
~ Getting creative
Somewhere in the first year of our travels, Nancy made curtains for the living room windows. We purchased room darkening drapes and then cut them down to fit the windows. A ribbon is used to pull the drapes open to whatever height we need.
Nancy solved that problem with the help of some fabric markers.
Using the fabric that she used to cover the cabinet doors in the hallway as inspiration she painted bright, big, bold flowers on all of the drapes.
Using flower and leaf shapes cut from paper she determined the placement of the painted flowers.
The markers helped to control the amount of paint being applied, and they didn't run like liquid fabric paint may have.
The finished product turned out better than expected and has added some fun color to an otherwise drab area.