On the highway out of town there were 'Yard Sales' everywhere - sweet torture for me as I LOVE garage sales! It must have been a Labour Weekend tradition as some places had numerous stalls set up together - did I mention that this weekend is a long weekend? Really hard trying to book accommodation as everything is booked due to the holiday! Anyway, we decided to stop in at one Yard Sale as Fred wanted to look for some rags, but the stuff was pretty rubbishy, and after nearly putting my hand on a substantially sized black spider in one of the bins of stuff I decided that I'd had enough. Ewwwww. Hitting the Blue Ridge Parkway, we discovered the reason for picking this particular road - tree lined roads with light dappling the tarmac, drop offs overlooking undulating mist-covered hills, pretty rock walls that lined the road and the odd deer bounding away from us into the trees
. Some of the leaves were starting to change colour, I imagine we would have been totally blown away if we had been going along here in a months' time in "Fall". At Boone (with no where to stay as of yet) we stopped off at a gas station to get some campground numbers from the phone book. Fred rang 4 in a row, but they were all booked. The last one he tried was a KOA (Kamping of America) which are notoriously pricy. However he dialled the wrong number, but got a nice - but STRONGLY accented Southern lady - who then proceeded to yak his head off while looking up the number he wanted in her yellow pages! Luckily for us Boone KOA http://boonenc.com/koa.html had one spot left, for $35 (which we thought was fairly reasonable). We arrived at the KOA which was up a winding drive and squeezed (almost literally) between to other RV's into our spot. The kids were happy to explore the park, to watch a whole bunch of 'maaaaaaing' goats (fenced in and bleating hungrily at us for food), then we all played a game of mini golf. After dinner we walked back to the office area where a lovely couple from Michigan (now living in the South) entertained us with jokes & singing (he played the guitar). When Glenn asked people in the small crowd (probably only about 12-15 people) Kate & Josh both yelled out 'New Zealand' Glenn laughed and said,'Well, wasn't it nice of these folks to come all the way from New Zealand just to see us!'
Later in the evening there was bingo in the recreation room, so we had to have a go at that. Fred had only bought $1 with him, and cards were a quarter (25 cents) each, so we only had one go before running out of money! We all enjoyed it though, and felt like geniune American campers!
What an amazing thunderstorm last night, we've never experienced anything like it! The thunder & sheet lightening went on for hours, sometimes the claps of thunder seemed to originate right beside the 5th wheel! The light & sound show seemed to go on for a long time before we actually got any rain. In the morning we packed up (again!) and got on the road.