September 16, 2012
Rain, rain and more rain! It was off and on all day long. We did get in a little site seeing but that was about it. We watched some football and played words. This is really sad, two adults sitting in the same room playing games on their I phones. In-between football and words we snacked and sipped wine. Off to bed after a real dull day.
September 17, 2012
More rain again and it rained all the way to Florence Alabama our destination for the day. The town is flooding in some areas. We drove through puddles up to the running boards. Not only water but that red muddy water you get with the red clay runoff. It Looks like we are eating ribs tonight and then off to bed. We can’t wait to see Noel and Mary tomorrow.
September 18, 2012
It was another day in the rain. It was a four hour drive to Blue Ridge and it rained all the way. It finally let up when we were about 10 miles from Noel and Mary’s. We pulled in around 2:30 and Noel met us on the front porch with a try full of bloodies. Not just regular bloodies, the ones made exclusively with Blue Ridge tomatoes. We talked and sat on the deck with cocktails in hand and then had a wonderful dinner, prepared by the ultimate Blue Ridge Chef, Noel and his lovely assistant and salad maker Mary. Everything was outstanding and the company was even better. It was so great to see them both and their beautiful cabin. And “our” downstairs bedroom, Norm and Sherri, was set up and ready to go. Well it’s off to bed and we will have to see what the camp director planed for tomorrow.
September 19, 2012
We slept in and awoke to a beautiful day. Low humidity and temps in the 70’s. After breakfast the camp director, Noel, had us put our hiking boots on and get ready to hike. After a short ride and 5 miles on a dirt road we made it to the trailhead. The trail was part of the Appalachian Trail that runs from Georgia to Maine. We branched off onto the Benton Mackaye Trail that ended at the foot of this beautiful waterfall, Long Creek Falls. After some photos we headed back to the car and it was off to lunch. Lunch was at Angelina’s. The food was outstanding and the soup was homemade. If you are ever in the area make sure you check it out. Back at the ranch we settled in for cocktails and conversation. We were also waiting for Noel’s short ribs that have been simmering since this morning. Wow, were they ever good. After dinner Noel cranked up the fire pit and we capped off the night with some Bailey’s and cherry pie. Note to self, do not end the night with cherry pie and then go right to bed. That pie somehow grows larger during the night. Anyway, it was an outstanding day and so great to be with Noel and Mary again.
Bob and Annette