Archive for July, 2012

I feel like I start a lot of my posts with amazing, awesome, fantastic…. and yet again, here I go.

Reid and Wendy invited us for a week long adventure in her parent’s cabin in Maggie Valley, NC, and it was… well, awe-inspiring.  We made a road trip out of the adventure and headed out bright and really early on Monday morning, July 2.  The week was meant to be carefree and relaxed, no major plans, and lots of fun.

Monday afternoon and evening:  After what seemed like forever in the car, we finally made it to North Georgia, and Tallulah Gorge, http://www.gastateparks.org/TallulahGorge.  It is a spectacular canyon, in what seems like the middle of nowhere.  Down the road is the fantastic Goats on the Roof, http://www.goats-on-the-roof.com/Welcome.html, and Richard fed the goats!  Dinner was at Fat Buddies, in Waynesville, NC, http://www.fatbuddiesribsandbbq.com.  Pulling up to the cabin, I felt like we were pulling up to the real life version of the Lincoln Logs!

Tuesday:  Joey’s Pancake House, http://www.joeyspancake.com, was a delicious way to begin the day…. a tiny place, a line out the door, and totally worth the wait.  We headed off in the car and drove along the Blue Ridge Parkway, it’s a beautiful drive and totally worth all the twists and turns, we stopped and hiked at Waterrock Knob Trail, the point of highest elevation (6053 feet!), Black Balsam – Art Loeb Trail, Graveyard Fields Trail and the Lower Falls.  We had a picnic lunch while sitting in the middle of the river, and napped in the Pisgah National Forest.  We headed back to the cabin that evening and walked along the creek, so relaxing!

Wednesday:  4th of July!  Research prior to our trip revealed that Maggie Valley was going to sponsor a fireworks show, http://www.maggievalleyfestivalgrounds.org/rwb.  So, we headed to Waynesville for the day, and wandered around downtown, lunch was at Nick and Nate’s, http://nickandnatespizza.com, a bit of a wait and some not so great service, but the food was good!  The fireworks show started a little late, and had a bizarre start/stop pattern, but was otherwise pretty good.  Nothing compared to Bar Harbor fireworks!

Thursday:  We headed into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, http://www.nps.gov/grsm/index.htm, stopping at the Mountain Farm Museum, Mingus Mill, and Clingman’s Dome.  The North Carolina/Tennessee State Line is in the middle of the park, and we stopped there for the obligatory photo op!  Again prior planning had us headed to Gatlinburg, TN, for the night.  Dinner was at The Peddler Steakhouse, http://peddlergatlinburg.com.  Amid the rain, we headed over at opening time, and still had a wait!  It was a buffet style salad bar, peddlers that cut the meat at your table, and dessert that was too die for!

Friday:  After a night in the most unpleasant of hotels, we set out for Cade’s Cove.  Unfortunately, a windstorm had blown through the night before and quite a bit of damage was done.  We were not allowed to enter the Cove, and instead set out to see what else might be around, and wandered through Wears Valley.  The Rail Road Museum wasn’t open, but the displays outside were pretty neat.  Lunch was at Grandmother’s Kitchen, and then we set off for an afternoon of “antiquing.”  That evening we took a leisurely drive back to Maggie Valley.

Saturday and Sunday:  Nothing too exciting, headed back into Waynesville for some last minute souveniors, downtown Maggie Valley for ice cream and then clean-up at the cabin.  Dinner on our last night was at Butts on the Creek BBQ, http://www.mountainshops.com/wnc/butts_creek.html.  The food was good, Richard tried fried corn on the cob, and claims it tasted great!  There is an awesome glass blowing studio inside, and we picked up some early Christmas presents and two little doxies, one brown and one black!

What a great way to spend the week, many thanks to Reid and Wendy for the invite!!

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Last weekend, I was in Bar Harbor for the Maasdam.

I had Saturday off, and decided to take a drive thru the Park.  I rented a 2013 Chevrolet Mustang and wanted to take full advantage of the convertible top!  I trekked out on the open road…. At least, Park Loop Road.  Beautiful day.

Along the way, I found a hiking trail along Bubble Pond, and discovered the Pemetic North East Trail.  What a hike!  It took about an hour to reach the top (multiple stops along the way) and about 40 minutes to get down.  The hike to the top was totally worth it… the view overlooking Bubble Pond, Cadillac Mountain, and others was amazing.

I did think I was going to need a helicopter lift to get down, but I am so glad I did it!

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Happy 4th…

Posted: July 4, 2012 in Vacation
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from Maggie Valley, NC!!