We spent late June, July, and August on a beautiful
mountaintop called Goldview Knob overlooking Asheville,
North Carolina. We could see the French Broad river in
the distance. The Campfire
Lodgings campground was a wonderful place to spend a
summer. We heard that spring and fall are even better
times to experience the beauty of North Carolina. There's
lots of space between sites and great views. Each space
has a fire pit and a picnic table. Hiking trails lead off
into the woods.
- We met many interesting people including a new friend
who you might see on the Weather
Channel now and then. Annette's parents came to visit
in July and Ben came to visit before leaving for a year
in Costa Rica. Ben with his guitar and a neighbor with a
banjo had a jam session that fit perfect with the Smoky
Mountain backdrop. Besides our people friends, we also
had lots of animal visitors including a set of cute
- North Carolina Exploration
- Annette's parents visited in early July and we spent
a day traveling up the Blue Ridge Parkway. We enjoyed
stops at the Folk
Art Center, the tourist town of Blowing
Rock, and Boone.
We also took a sidetrip east to do some genealogy and
spent a day at the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.
Carol Sandburg Home National Historic
- We spent one day traveling to the Holmes
Educational State Forest near Hendersonville and the
Carl Sandburg Home
National Historic Site in Flat Rock, North Carolina.
The Holmes Educational State Forest contains some great
hiking trails. Later, Larry took Ben back to explore the
Carl Sandburg Home. Ben was particularly interested since
he attended Carl Sandburg Elementary School in
- Carl Sandburg was a well-known author, poet,
folksinger, and lecturer. His wife was known for the
goats she raised on the farm. Goats are still raised on
the farm. The historic site contains a house, barns,
pastures, orchards, ponds, and walking trails.
- Chimney Rock
- During Ben's visit to North Carolina, we took a day
trip to Chimney
Rock. This private park provides trails, waterfalls,
a famous rock, as well as great scenery. Rather than
taking the easy way with the elevator, we decided to take
the hike to the top. The hike involved climbing steep
stairs through the "Needle's Eye" and walking along a
cliff. You might recognize the cliff on the left below
from the movie Last of the Mohicans. We stopped
for lunch at the top of the Hickory Nut Falls. From the
trail we could see Chimney Rock from various angles.
After a hard afternoon of hiking, we stopped at the
concession stand for ice cream.
- Biltmore Estates
- We enjoyed our visits to the Biltmore
Estates. When we visited, they were
filming the movie Hannibal. Larry and
Ben went earlier in the month, while Annette
was in Pennsylvania. Then, Annette and Larry
went before leaving Asheville. They visited
the house and grounds. In addition, they
checked out the winery and had Sunday
- Updated 5/02.
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