For the God on the mountain Is still God in the valley.
From the Song God on the Mountain by Bill andGloria Gaither.
One thing we found to enjoy during this unusual summer besides the lake was hiking. Jesse joined us for quite a few on her several trips down to NC just to get outside of her small apartment. First up was Pilot Mountain. We looked at several of the trails but decided on the ones further from the pinnacle but along the river to try out first. We tried to go back and hike the pinnacle but it just didn’t work out for us, yet! We hiked Bean Shoals and made a little of our own way in places. This is an easy hike along the river and very scenic. We certainly enjoyed getting our feet wet and back into some serious hiking.
We also hiked our favorite which is Stone Mountain. I must say it kicked my butt this time. We always start from the lower parking lot and climb the mountain first. It is a hard climb and everyone had to stop so I could breath! We loved our hike here which is usually a Thanksgiving hike in our family.
We made plans to take the motorhome to the Asheville area and do some more hiking. We began just by visiting Cataloochee Valley and seeing the Elk. We didn’t really hike much here just checked out the sites and enjoyed the Elk one evening. While in Asheville one must always partake of a good beer from one of the many breweries. We tried a new one this time. Hillman Brewery. Next we ventured up to another favorite hike which is Black Balsom Knob. It was a little wet and yes we got wet but by the end we were dry again. Stunning hike! This time we stopped and climbed up to the Devil’s Courthouse. Another stunning view. We did another hike around Cullowhee and grabbed a beer at an old favorite in Sylva, Innovation Brewing.
After our trip with Jesse, Dee and I hiked some more and one of our new hikes was in Elkin which is part of the Mountain to Sea Trail. We hiked to Carter Falls. We tried to hike to Grassy Creek Vineyards, but my new hiking shoes sent us back to the car. So we will try again in 2021. We are probably not done exploring the trails around Elkin, NC.
"Many are the plans in the mind of man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand." Proverbs 19:21
It is really sad to watch the intro to the video above and know that our dreams are on hold, but we are back in NC after getting the boat settled and bringing my parents back from Florida in the middle of this pandemic. Yes, we did blow out two tires on my parent’s camper coming home!!! Longest Journey ever! Being back early means we are carless so first things first we need a ride and Dee decided why not a mini cooper. Easy to store and pull behind the RV.
Next, haircuts were a must especially for Dee but that was hard with everything closed, but we got him trimmed up. With things closed everywhere we built some fire pits and decided to make some cobblers. We did this several times over the summer months and each time it was melt in your mouth goodness. Dee is great at cooking cobblers over the campfire. I planted and cared for my morning glories. One of my favorite flowers. I can remember my grandmother taking me out to see them in the mornings.
Most of all at the campsite we need a deck so Dee and I tried our hand at concrete. Some trees needed to be cut and we had to move our RV so we decided this would be a good time to do the work for the concrete pad. We worked hard to build the form, carry and lay rock to back fill and create the border for our pad. No one will want to hire us for this work, but it works for us. Now we come out on something other than dirt! We enjoyed the final product for the rest of the summer and fall.
Next, Jesse was moving into a new apartment. Thankfully in the same building so we headed to the DC area to get her moved. Loving her new little place which since this video is a year old looks even better these days. She decided to move due to Covid because working and living in her studio apartment was a little confining and she just wanted another room. A bedroom! I can’t blame her.
WE had lots of puppy visitors over the summer and enjoyed our snuggle time with both Andie and Harley. Dee and I jammed out to local music in the area and enjoyed land time together. I promise we went hiking and it is up in the next video and blog post!
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