Saturday, July 04, 2009

Happy Birthday America!

Happy birthday to our great country! Thanks to all service men and women past, present and future who work to keep us safe and out of harm's way.

We are in Asheville, North Carolina, and what a respite from the oppressive heat and humidity of Florida and Georgia. Now, I love those two states, don't get me wrong. But when you travel with a dog or any pets for that matter, you worry about leaving them in the rig for any length of time. Fortunately, we were able to take Neal with us when we went to Brandon's. He and Jax got along great and Brandon's house is nice and cool. But the few times we ventured out without him, we didn't stay out long. The campground manager, Keith, however, was very helpful and said he would know if any power went out and call us if we needed to get back. He was really nice and the park, while not the best we have stayed at, was very friendly and in a nice location.

What a change when we arrived here in Asheville. It is in the mountains and the climate is absolutely wonderful. It is cool in the mornings and evenings to the point that if you are out for an extended time, you will want a jacket on. During the day it is in the 80's and the humidity is in the 40% range. I could retire here I think.

Yesterday we went to see the greatest attraction here. The Biltmore house. If you have never been there, it is worth a trip. We spent about 5 hours there. I always said I would never pay money to see it as it is a monument to one man's gluttony and that nearly bankrupted him, but it is spectacular. I have changed my mind about that a bit and decided it is really a treasure and should be maintained. Photography is not allowed inside, but you can take pictures outside.

We are here until tomorrow when we break camp and head north.

Till next time. . .



Janice said...

23077rlI have tickets for the mansion. Bought them two years ago but didn't make it there. What campground are you staying at in Asheville?

Dale said...

We stayed at Wilson's Riverfront Campground. It isn't a bad campground, but a little tricky getting into. You have to go down, turn around and come back because the road they are on runs parallel with the exit ramp. Getting out was just as much fun. Paved sites, not too level, but spacious. We met nice people there.