Posted by: Beemer Bob | November 1, 2014

xxxHomeless on the Ridge (Oct. 20 & 21)


Well the Homeless Trio continues to do well but I am far behind in my post. Sooo, let me try to catch you up. I am writing this as of Nov. 1 and I have some time to sit down and write for a while because it is SNOWING! Yes that’s right, we are having a snow day near Asheville, North Carolina. Actual temperature as I write is 28 with wind-chill of 18 Brrrrrrrrrrr Hunter is begging for me to take him for his morning walk and I am telling him to hold it in until we get back to warm Texas.

Anyway, I left off on October 19 – we had made it to North Carolina. Our campground (Green Mountain RV Resort), was located near Lenoir, NC a little north of mid point NC. The location for this campground was nice and proved access to many nice destinations in the area. The campground itself was a little on the crappy side, but oh well.

October 20

Today we head on the Blue Ridge Parkway
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We stop at a place along the parkway called Flat Top Manor (also referred to as Cone Manor). This 13,000 sq ft manor was completed in 1901 as a private residence but is now part of the National Park service and houses the Parkway Craft Center. This center has offerings of many local artisans none of which I could afford. The place was, however, beautiful and the grounds scenic.
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On the way back “home”, we stop a nice little eatery & pub in the town of Blowing Rock for a small bite and warm drink to warm us up as it is getting cool.
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October 21
Today we head to Boone, NC and I plot us a long, windy scenic trip up though the Appalachian Mountains. Some stops along the way
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We find a lovely little winery along the way.
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It may not show well in the picture, but the vineyard was on an incline on the side of a mountain.

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We bought a wine there with the brand name of 18 degree.  It was named that because that was the incline where these grapes were grown.

As we continue our way to Boone, we see a sign directing us to the old community of Valle Crucis, the site of the original Mast General Store. This general store was built in the late 1800’s and sold everything from candles to caskets.
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Complete with two old men playing checkers to complete the ambiance.
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Nearby was a picturesque pumpkin patch.
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We continue on to Boone where we find another Mast General Store. This one, however, is a newer branch of the original that we had just visited.

We had a late lunch at the most unusual and uplifting establishment. The name of this place was F.A.R.M. Café. F.A.R.M. stands for Feed All Regardless of Means. They have suggestions of meal prices but you pay what you can afford. If you cannot pay anything, they ask that if you are able you work in the kitchen for an hour. If you are not able to work, that it fine – they are happy to feed you. They also have a “pay it forward” arrangement where you can purchase “tokens” for use by some unfortunate person that needs a meal. We were happy and honored to be able to pay the recommended price and purchase some “tokens” for someone less fortunate.
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Oh, the food was great as was the service. Made our day complete.

Down the main street, we were entertained by this performer. (click on picture to play video)
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While in Boone, we pay a visit to the alma mater of a friend of ours.
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It’s getting late and time to head home. From Boone, we head to the town of Blowing Rock. From Blowing rock down the mountain, the views are fantastic.

More to come soon.

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