Arriving at Happy Holiday RV Park in Cherokee two days before the rally, we decided to drive north on 441 to see the leaf changes. The national park had just opened that morning and visitors were flocking to the different attractions.
Our first stop is at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center to tour the Mtn Farm Museum. The old farm has many out buildings similar to the ones we remember from our grandparents’ homes.
Notice the old fencing around the garden plot!
The farmhouse was gated to prevent entry but pictures were made from the door. Image living here back in to 1800’s!
After admiring the Oconaluftee River,
we are heading for Mingus Mill, a 1886 water-powered turbine grist mill.
Love this old mill…it’s still grinding corn! Fresh corn meal can still be purchased inside.
After a few more stops we are back on 441. The trees are becoming more vibrant as we ascend the mountain.
The mountains are obscured by the thick haze that gives them the name of “Smoky”.
The winding road and parade of colors is hypnotizing as we cruise up to Newfound Gap. Then our stomachs are protesting with hunger and keep us from exploring Clingman’s Dome, 7 miles farther up the road.
Forty-five minutes later we are arriving back at Happy Holiday RV park, our home for the week.
This is our 4th rally at Happy Holiday and it’s the mountains and the trout stream that keeps pulling us back. And, of course, all the cute little white trailers!
Our home and the creek just behind us.
The RV park is huge with two creeks and a lake (pond) in the middle. The eggs are mixed in with the larger trailers and motor homes but all appear to be happy.
The morning mist is lingering over the campground
A few late flowers are scattered at the more permanent sites.
The rally has the usual egg parade and potluck dinner…..those at the end of the pot luck line were ravished with hunger but said it was worth the wait!
No pictures from the pot luck…too busy eating! And only one mod is captured. Our shoes are always in the way….love this idea. It is just in front of the bed.
A few unusual trailers… this is Troy’s silver painted Burro.
We camped next to him in 2011…nice to see old friends. And others made new friends.
In honor of Halloween…..kept this non-tripod night shot of the lake and trailers.
Love this lantern!
This fur baby is 16 years old and has cataracts. The sunglasses are not just for show!
The sunshine is abundant on Friday and we are heading east on 19 in search of fresh apples and the Blue Ridge Parkway.
And suddenly it’s all over…but not before we make our reservations for next year!
PS To my loyal readers:
Apologies for being so late with this post! And the lack of comments on your blogs. Trying to find the balance between living in the Casita world and living in our Chattanooga world.