Inspired by North Carolina!

Trip Start May 14, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Tom Johnson Campground

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Perhaps some of you are wondering why you haven't heard from us lately.  Not everything can go smoothly and on schedule, as we have learned ... once again!  Travel plans had us driving the motor home to Connecticut for my aunt's memorial service, via Hickory, North Carolina, where Carole's sister lives.  We found ourselves in need of service and parts, so camped at an RV service center/campground in Marion, NC, which services our type of motor home. Thankfully, it happened to be located within an hour's drive of my sister's home.  But little did we know that we'd be camped at "the largest RV service center in the Mid-Atlantic" a week prior to their "32nd Annual Customer Appreciation BBQ and Fling"!  Lots of fun activities were planned, including three free days of camping.  People began arriving a week prior to the big extravaganza, in order to secure a good camp site.  Needless to say, by the time of the event every space was taken; there must have been nearly 700 camper vehicles living in close proximity for a full week.  We saw another side of RVing we had never experienced before: most campers towed and used a golf cart to traverse the grounds, and I do believe we were the only campers without a dog!  Many of the dog owners even brought and used their dog strollers! And that's not all: most campers decorated their sites with garden flags, welcome signs, awning lights, American flags, windsocks, whirligigs, etc.  People took real pride in dressing up their dwelling space.  We didn't go out an buy a dog, but we did buy a garden flag, an American flag and a windsock.

Being camped here for an extended period of time, though, has allowed us to really get a good feel for North Carolina.  It really is beautifully lush and green, with rolling hills and mountains. Blue Grass and American Roots music fans would be in heaven here.  Blue Grass, acoustic, folk and American roots festivals are regular occurrences, and occupy local radio.  And for those of you who have read the Jan Karon Mitford series, the charming mountain town of Blowing Rock is the town which Karon fashioned her series.

Civil War battle sites are not in the immediate area, but we were pleased to discover some Revolutionary War battle sites nearby: Kings Mountain and Cowpens, in South Carolina. South Carolina saw more skirmishes and battles during the Revolutionary War than any of the other States.  The British believed that the southern colonies teemed with loyalists, so were banking on supporters to persuade reluctant U.S. patriots to swear allegiance to the Crown. In a little more than an hour in late Sept 1780, the Battle of Kings Mountain resulted in the defeat of the British and turned the tide on England's attempt to conquer the South and so the nation. A year later, and in less than hour, the Battle of Cowpens completely drove the British from the South.  Mel Gibson's movie The Patriot portrays many of the same characters, and we were pleased to learn that the movie was actually filmed about 15 miles from the actual site.
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Sally Washington (Ball) on

Hi Ron and Carol! So nice to hear about your travels. Pray that you are both well! Condolences on the loss of your aunt. Take care and have a blast!

Jennifer HIpp on

Carole and Ron, So good to keep up with your adventures. I bet they could make a reality show out of them! We continue our ministry here at Boys Ranch,and Hannah, our oldest just left for her first year of college at Texas Tech. No one told me what a huge adjustment it would be to have her gone! I am SOOO sad. But I know things change, and we must adjust. I'll be praying for you, that God gives opportunity to share Him with others on your journeys. Peace :)

Cecilia on

I am so glad that you are making the best out of your situation in NC. It looks and sounds like a fun and beautiful place to be "stuck." We will continue to keep you both in our thoughts and prayers as you travel up to CT. We love and miss you dearly!!!

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