Rally Halloween

Current Location: Cane Creek Park Campground, Waxhaw, North Carolina

This morning a group of us caravanned to Stack’s Restaurant for an excellent breakfast. It is a popular place in Waxhaw and we had to stand outside to leave enough room for the wait staff to move around until we were seated. They are moving to a larger building sometime in the future, and it looks like they need it. Once we were seated and ordered our breakfast, it arrived quickly.

Stack's Restaurant

Stack’s Restaurant

Once we were done with breakfast, we headed back to the trailer for a while before driving back into Waxhaw to look around. We walked through an antiques shop, found a yarn shop, a used book shop and a nice local food grocery. We picked up a book at the book shop and some various items at the local food shop.

Downtown Waxhaw

Downtown Waxhaw

After our downtown visit, we headed back to the trailer. Val started our dinner item for the pitch-in dinner and put it in the crockpot. We visited folks outside for a while before heading back to the trailer around 6:00 to get our stuff ready to go, including our Halloween costumes. The Halloween party was great fun. There were a lot of great costumes and a lot of good food. Here are some pictures from the event.

Val's costume

Val’s costume

Malcolm's costume

Malcolm’s costume

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Top Picks for Best Couples

Top Picks for Best Couples

Mummy contest

Mummy contest

Mummy contest

Mummy contest

Linda West - the birthday girl

Linda West – the birthday girl

Arrived at the Rally

Current Location: Cane Creek Park Campground, Waxhaw, North Carolina

This morning Malcolm emptied the tanks on the trailer as part of the hooking up ritual. Our home for the next three nights does not have sewer hookups. It was pretty chilly this morning – around 39 degrees according to the truck. And that was nearly 9:00 AM. We got everything hooked up and rolled on out.

Fall colors

Fall colors

The drive was pretty uneventful but at least it was sunny today. While on the road, Malcolm noticed that one of the trailer tire pressures was showing about 15-17 pounds lower than the other three trailer tires, so we stopped at a rest area to check on it. We had to use the restroom first, though. Once Malcolm was done, he checked the tire pressure monitor system and it was now showing correct pressure. Just one of those little glitches that doesn’t happen very often.

We arrived at Cane Creek mid-afternoon and got set up in our site for the North Carolina Chapter Heartland Owners Club rally. We actually had to hitch back up and move the trailer forward on the site because the rear part of the site was fairly steep uphill and the front landing gear was fully extended even with several leveling blocks underneath. We felt uncomfortable with the front of the trailer so high in the air. Most all of the sites here are uphill or downhill, giving most of the others similar pains.

Set up

Set up

Once we were set up, we walked around and visited others. At 5:30, we all got together a convoy and drove to the home of the North Carolina Heartland Owners Club chapter leaders – Lance and Kem Duguay. Everyone brought pitch-in stuff and Lance and Kem provided Taco Salad fixin’s. It was a great time of food and fellowship. Lance was showing several of us his stereo setup in the upstairs “man cave”. It was very impressive.

Hanging out at the Duguay's

Hanging out at the Duguay’s

We headed back to the campground around 8:30 PM and headed back to the trailer for the evening.

Today’s license plate count – 24 plates.

License Plates

License Plates

Biltmore Visit – Sort Of

Current Location: Asheville West KOA, Candler, North Carolina

Today we awoke to very light rain. It had rained overnight and was just clearing out when we decided to start packing up. Malcolm climbed on top of the trailer to clear the tops of the slides. We were afraid there might be a lot of acorns and hickory nuts on the slides and didn’t want to have them caught in the slides when we pulled them in. As it turned out, there were only leaves on top of the slides, so Malcolm swept them off and we finished getting ready to go and headed out around 9:00 AM.

Wet ride through the Smokies

Wet ride through the Smokies

Fall colors, though overcast

Fall colors, though overcast

It was a drizzly, rainy drive all the way to Asheville, but the leaves and colors made up for it once we arrived at the KOA here. We have what appears to be the only “patio” site. If we were here longer, we’d probably build a fire in the fire pit and sit outside. Malcolm took some pictures of the setup with the good camera today. Here are a couple.

Side view

Side view

Pin-up View

Pin-up View

After we got set up, we decided to drive around the area in search of something to do. We ended up over at the Biltmore, but found out that the house closed in half an hour. However, they did have a winery, some shopping and a couple restaurants nearby, so we headed to that area. We did some wine tasting, some shopping and had a pretty good dinner at one of their restaurants. After that we headed back to the trailer, stopping to fill up the truck with fuel on the way.

Today’s travel map – 27 states spotted.

License plates

License plates

Saw Rock City

Current Location: Lookout Mtn. / Chattanooga West KOA, Trenton, Georgia

Today we took our time getting going and headed up to Rock City in Lookout Mountain. We had purchased tickets back in spring of 2013 as part of a package but the weather wasn’t favorable back then, so we are just now using them. When we got there (in our short sleeves and shorts), it was a tad windy and cool. We ended up buying jackets in the gift shop first thing. Naturally the weather turned comfortable within an hour.

We visited and Malcolm took pictures with the big camera. After exploring the entire site, we stopped through the gift shops to look around some more and ate lunch at their grill. After lunch, we headed down the mountain and stopped by the post office to mail out some things. From there, we headed across town to McKay’s Used Books and picked up a few books and a stack of $1.95 DVDs.

After McKay’s, we filled up the truck at a nearby Speedway service station for $3.19 a gallon (diesel). That is the lowest price we’ve paid for diesel without using fuel discounts of any kind. After filling up, we headed back to the campground to relax for the rest of the afternoon and evening. Malcolm scanned more photos and copied some of his new movies off the DVDs and onto the media server computer.

Here are some pictures from today’s outing:

Decorations

Decorations

Winding trail

Winding trail

Hold your breath

Hold your breath

Fall colors

Fall colors

Fall colors again

Fall colors again

Val

Val

Malcolm

Malcolm

Both of us

Both of us

Swinging bridge

Swinging bridge

Looking over the valley

Looking over the valley

Couldn't see all the states

Couldn’t see all the states

Eye of the needle

Eye of the needle

Light and shadow

Light and shadow

Falls and Lovers Leap

Falls and Lovers Leap

Balanced rock

Balanced rock

Hi there

Hi there

In the enchanted cave

In the enchanted cave

See reflection in water

See reflection in water

In the enchanted cave

In the enchanted cave

More enchanted cave

More enchanted cave

Cow - Moon

Cow – Moon

Horse-drawn carriage

Horse-drawn carriage

Off We Go

Current Location: Lookout Mtn. / Chattanooga West KOA, Trenton, Georgia

This morning we got up on a normal schedule and got everything hooked up and ready to go by about 8:45 AM. We chatted with Nathan, the camp host, on our way out, then stopped at the dump station to empty the tanks. It was a little foggy in the campground, but much foggier as we got out toward the main road – US 231. Malcolm had originally planned on taking US 231 north towards Talladega to pick up I-59 there, but with the dense fog, we decided to do the interstate route instead.

A little fog at the campground

A little fog at the campground

Getting foggier

Getting foggier

At US 231

At US 231

Fortunately, the fog wasn’t a factor after we got a few miles north of Montgomery and it was smooth sailing the rest of the way. We stopped by Camping World in Calera, Alabama to get some new carpeted step treads to replace our two-year-old ones. We also picked up an outdoor mat.

Instead of staying in the Holiday Trav-L-Park just south of Chattanooga, we decided to try out the KOA west of town in Trenton, Georgia. It is actually a nice little park set back into the woods and hills. We were originally assigned a long pull-through site out in the open (only about a half dozen sites are out in the big open area and the rest of the park is heavily wooded.

As we unhooked the truck from the trailer and started leveling it up, we were swarmed on the door side of the rig with Japanese Ladybugs – our nemesis from the last couple of years. Malcolm noted that there was a nice, long pull-through site behind us in a heavily shaded area and got our site changed with the manager. We hooked back up and backed across into the new site. We are actually backwards in the site, as the hookups are on the door side of the trailer, but the view out the door side is nicer than the view if we had pulled through the correct direction (the dumpster).

The shady spot

The shady spot

We got everything set up and Malcolm decided to put the new step covers on. He found that the latest design has a little pad glued to the back side which makes the entire cover a little thicker. The old covers were just thin enough that you could fold the steps up with a little effort. The new covers prevented the steps from folding completely up. Malcolm finally figured out we would have to leave the cover off the last step. We stowed the extra cover and left the bottom step uncovered.

Wear on the old step cover

Wear on the old step cover

New step cover in place - we chose darker brown this time

New step cover in place – we chose darker brown this time

Difference between the old (L) and new (R) covers

Difference between the old (L) and new (R) covers

With the step covers out of the way, we decided to just eat dinner in the trailer and take it easy instead of trying to go anywhere. Malcolm spent the evening scanning pictures into the computer (we have an entire tote full of pictures to scan), wrote out a couple of postcards and typed in the blog.

Tomorrow we plan on going to Rock City to use our tickets we purchased about a year and a half ago (the weather then was too bad to bother going). We’ll probably poke around the area the rest of the day. We do need to stop by a WalMart or somewhere to buy some button cell batteries for a couple of the tire pressure monitor sensors. Two of them decided to die on the trailer and Malcolm swapped the batteries from the two front tires off the truck into the trailer ones to get them up and running again.

Today’s license plates – 21 plates.

License plates

License plates