This is a continuation of our RV rally trip from the previous post - warning lots of pics.
Like many smaller mountain towns, Waynesville, NC has morphed itself into a tourist destination so after a heart healthy, camp cooked breakfast of biscuits & gravy, sausage, ham, and scrambled eggs, we headed into town for a little site seeing and shopping for our initial day-three activity.
We then went down the street for another fine lunch, this time at Bogart’s.
Some of us finished up Waynesville with a visit to Barber Orchards Fruit Stand to pick up some delicious apples and cider – the line was too long for me to wait for fried pies.
We topped off the day with our second activity - a 13 mile, evening drive into the GSMNP’s Cataloochee Valley in hopes of seeing some elk, which had been reintroduced into the park beginning in 2001 and have grown from 52 into a herd of a about 160 and have spread into other areas of the park. Thankfully, after driving the curvy and sometimes gravel road, the elk did not disappoint as they were in the fields and the creek next to the road and even mingled with one of our group – they have obviously become pretty tame.
This big guy is standing around watching over his group of females and we saw several other females still nursing calves.
I only heard one bugle while we were there and I think it may have come from the big bull.
When we got back, we had our usual campfire and Bill, The Gadget Guy, brought out his bubble machine to enhance the effect – earlier in the week, he had used blue and green laser lights.
The next morning we headed into Maggie Valley for breakfast at the very popular Joey’s Pancake House and it seemed everyone was happy with their meals – I had pancakes and they were light as a cloud. The rest of the day was “on your own time” which I spent working on this post and getting ready to fry fish for supper.
For supper that evening we began with some delicious clam chowder followed by fried crappie, using House Autry Breading, hush puppies, slaw, and desserts. It was pretty good but I was disappointed in how I tried to cook and serve the fish – it ended up not as crispy or hot as I wanted at serving time – lesson learned. Sorry no shots of it.
Saturday we said our good buys to most of the group and a few of stayed for another night or two. I thought it was a fun rally and as always, we enjoyed getting together with this group – I believe we only had about three serious coach issues, everyone got home safely, but we did have one case of pneumonia – bummer on that one. When queried by a non-member as to what we do at these rallies, one of our group said that she answered – we eat and then we plan our next meal. Not quite that bad, but food is sure a big part of our rallies – we enjoy the simple things in life.
After the rally-folks departed, we went over to the Asheville Farmers Market and this is Bev in her normal travel position - all dogged up.
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Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.