Food and Friends in the Mountains: The Cherokee Rally

It is raining hard with sheets of water pouring over us as we start our 150 mile journey to Cherokee, North Carolina.  This is our fifth trip to the rally at Happy Holiday RV Park.  And this time I am “in charge”!  (What was I thinking!!)
We had just spent the previous night waking to the weather radio sounding alarms.  Now we are driving back into the storm and more tornado watches.  Thought about stopping and trying to find a safe place to camp.  But didn’t…..just kept on plowing through the bad weather.
We set up in the pouring rain, a miserable experience!  But a warm meal, cable TV and the electric heater get us through the first night.
Wednesday and Thursday provide more rain….everyone is waiting patiently for the promised beautiful weekend weather.  And it finally arrives!
Thursday night we attend the Meet and Sweet.  Too busy to take any photos……hubby says he has never eaten so many deserts!
Friday we participate in the Dutch Oven demo….my new camera got a workout!  More on the camera later….

Donna outlines  Dutch oven basics.
Chocolate and cherries!
Samples going fast!
Saturday morning it is time to get out of the campground!  Socco Falls is on the way to the Parkway and the new camera needs some use!  (Last week after trying a Nikkor 18 to 200 lens, just could not handle spending that much money!  Decided to buy the Nikon 3200 two lens bundle.)
Now I have two cameras with two different lens….which presents a learning curve.
This is the same waterfall…..should have had the wide angle with me instead of the telephoto.  Oh well….guess that’s part of learning.
There is lots of color the first mile or so going up the Blue Ridge Parkway but soon all the trees are bare! 

My spirits restored by the solitude, it is time to rejoin the rally….egg parade in progress!
The maroon and white trailer repeats the color scheme inside.
The below trailer is a home built…this couple had brought their 16’ Casita all the previous years.
Inside shot of the home built!  Very creative couple!
Some of our buddies chose a quiet spot on the back creek.  And we got a primo site on the front creek…unfortunately our expensive neighborhood was full of mud!
Like all rallies, it is over way too soon.  We join our friends on Florida row to enjoy one last campfire.
Rallies are just a good time!  Lots of love, lots of laughter and after meeting the same people over and over…..a real feeling of family.  Love the diversity in the fiberglass community! 
My experience as a rally host is mostly positive….but turning it over to someone else next year.  Dates are set and reservations have been made…more good times in the future!
What now?  Planning on Arizona after Christmas and maybe a short trip to the Gulf next month….want to see Gulf Shores and eat seafood!


  1. I'm so glad the weather finally cleared up for you folks. Sounds like the rally was a success!

    1. Yes, it was a success...and fun! But so glad it is over!

      I was so upset about my blog not posting...sorry about the non-relevant comment on your blog. Just say the word and I will delete it!
      Three more months!!

  2. I added a comment yesterday and somehow lost it..Mmmmm, anyway looks like all went well, even with the rain....Old Mother Nature sure has tried to put "crimp" on all of us Campers this summer and Fall.... your new Camera platform seems to be doing a GREAT job for you, based on the super photo's...really are vivid...and crisp. Congrats on Leading(hosting) a great Rally....safe Travels...Horst sends

    1. Good to hear from you! I have not had time to look at the camera manual....will feel more comfortable after I study a bit. The rain was awful....but the good weather was equally fine....Nature likes to balance everything. Hope to run across you camping some day in the future!

  3. Great rally. Thanks a lot. Janet and Richard

    1. You are most very welcome! Great job on your camper!!!

  4. Good to read that you finally received some sunshine. Like all the photo's. I know you did a fantastic job of hosting, even though we weren't there:-)

    1. Not sure if it would have been the same rally without the sun. Once it came out and started drying everything....all the misery was forgotten.
      Hope you never need to drive straight through to your home again!

  5. Oh,, Lynne, so good to see some of your special photos again. The Blue Ridge/clouds combinations are so beautiful.

    It was fun seeing the rally pictures. I was especially intrigued by the home-built camper.

    Glad you survived the rain -- and your hosting duties! :)

  6. It was fun but I was running on adrenaline most of the rally. Not very relaxing.

    Was glad to see you posting again....hope your southern plans are still in progress. Will be interested in seeing what you have to say about St Brendan's. Looking forward to hearing of your trip.