Friday, August 4, 2017

Back Home.......

Happy Friday afternoon all.  We're back home from The Holler after another great week in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina.  

We've not blogged that much simply because we didn't really do so very much this week.  This week was all about "downtime" as we're now beginning to gear up for the new school year.  

We ate, slept, read, napped, ate some more, with a little sight seeing thrown in for good measure.  In fact, we went and scouted out a campground we've not camped at in several years. 

And of course no week in The Holler is complete without a few rides along the BRP (Blue Ridge Parkway.)

Let's wrap this up today.  We may slip off one more time for a couple nights if we can squeeze it into the schedule for the next couple weeks.  As always...... 

Until next time, stay safe out there.....-R,T,&J.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Are You Sure This is The Beach?????

Good morning to everyone.  It's Miss Anne here this morning with the blogging duties.  Today is the first day of the month, and Mr. R is busy with a second side job he has, and so I just swiped his computer and I'll make todays blog post!

The Mr. and Mrs. have been talking ever since I came to live with them about a big trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, or OBX for short.   They've told me all about the area, and about how they've been looking forward to this trip for an entire year.  They even  had me excited too!!

So we pulled out not so early on Sunday morning, in fact, it was nearly midday.   We travelled on roads that look vaguely familiar, (remember, I've not travelled much of anywhere yet), and before long we where back at a campground I've already been to twice.  Could Raccoon Holler also be the beach??  Seems odd to me.....

Well in short order, the Mr. and Mrs. had me all set up, and we were all enjoying the cool breeze.  But, and I mean but wait, this looks like a place called the mountains.  Could this also be the beach? Or, did Mr. R take a wrong turn somewhere?

I just had to find out, so I asked Mr. R when Mrs. T wasn't around.  It seems they had to cancel the trip to OBX due to a major power outage and a mandatory evacuation of the islands as a result.  So Mr. R called Raccoon Holler and was able to get us a site up here for a week.  Mystery solved!!!

So now we're enjoying the cool mountain breezes instead of the warm ocean breezes.  Mr. R told me not to worry though, we'd get down to the coast before the year was out.  

The Mr. and Mrs. haven't done a lot the last day or so.  A grocery store and dollar store trip have been about it.  They've cooked, read, and relaxed.   

Mr. R worked last week to make a counter top for my rear platform, and he's made himself a nice outdoor cooking area.  I think he really likes to cook when camping.  

They even managed an evening BRP (that's Blue Ridge Parkway) drive after supper Monday.   They saw quite a few deer, and even four "teenaged" calves as Mr. R said who had escaped their pasture and were up to no good along the BRP.

Well I'd best get off of here, Mr. R may be needing his computer in just a bit.  Thanks for reading my blog post today and as Mr. R always says...

Until next time, stay safe out there.....-Miss Anne

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Lunch (and Other Places) with a view.....

Good Thursday afternoon all.  It's been a great couple of days here at The Holler.  

Wednesday was get up, fix a nice breakfast, hang out till midday, get up with Cousin Sharon, load everyone up in Levi, and head out to see new places, back roads, and have a picnic.   Followed by afternoon drowzies, or naps.  Then something yummy for dinner.

WOW!  What a day that was.  Thursday, well Thursday has been pretty much a carbon copy of Wednesday.  

One other thing the two days have had in common was great places to picnic, and great scenery all around.  The weather has been great too.  In fact, our drives have been with all the windows down, and no a/c going.  

Tomorrow is get up, pack up, hitch up, and head for the heat and humidity that is waiting for us in our part of North Cackalacky. 

Oh well.  Anyway, here are a few pictures of our adventures for you to enjoy.

Have a great day, keep cool, and as always......

Until next time, keep it safe out there.....-R,T,&J.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Life at Site 51H.....

Well hello there all.  It's Miss Anne here today.  I swiped the computer after Rob got his work finished this morning to try my luck with this blogging thing.   

Now I don't think we've been formally introduced, but I'm Miss Anne.  I'm a 2017 Surveyor 201RBS travel trailer that came to live with Mr. R and Mrs. T just a few short weeks ago.  Wow what a ride it as been so far.  My birthday is Jan. 5, 2017 incase anyone would like to know.

After sitting for several months on the dealer's lot up in Claremont, NC, the Mr. and Mrs. dropped by one Friday about lunchtime to look at new campers.  Next thing I know, a few days later, I'm being pulled out, washed, hooked up to shore power, and water, and all my systems are being tested and checked.   

Later that morning, I met not only the Mr. and Mrs., but Levi, the truck who will be tasked with the job of pulling me all over the place.   It is from Levi I learned a little about the Mr. and Mrs.  He told me about Pod, the cute little trailer they traded in for me, about how they love to go camping, a lot, and how Mr. R will keep me clean, in proper working order, and make a few changes called mods to me as we go along.

Just as Levi told me, Mr. R has washed me twice, waxed me once, has plans to get me my very own Camper Port, keeps me hooked up to power at all time, and has even done a few very nice mods along the way.   The Mr. and Mrs. have also decorated me very nicely inside, and have sorted and stored all of their camping gear in me.  

Some of the mods Mr. R has done to me so far is to add a built-in surge protector to protect my electrical system and electronics, a set of underbody lights for nighttime just because Mr. R thinks they look neat, a touchpad door lock, a second battery, rain covers for my vents, and a few other odds and ends.   He's looked, poked, and prodded just about every square inch of me just so he knows all about how I work.  He's even promised to update the blog over the next few weeks to tell a bit more about me.  

Now, as for today's blog title.  Well I'm parked this week at Raccoon Holler Campground in Glendale Springs, NC.  Levi told me this is one of the Mr. and Mrs. favorite campgrounds.  In fact, this is the second time we've all been here in just a couple weeks.  We're all in site 51H.  The "H" stands for hill and let me tell you, we're right at the top of the entire campground, and it sure is grand. 

This seems to have been a lazy week for the Mr. and Mrs.  They have been camping with the Mr.'s cousin Sharon, and her little doggie Murphy.  Sharon's camper is known as Splash T@B, whom I've not met yet, but I know I will soon.  Sharon's truck Splish, has been telling me all about Splash.  

Mr. R likes to take pictures, and apparently they all like to eat really good smelling food.  Mr. R has turned my rear rack into an outdoor kitchen, and I'm just betting there's a mod or two rattling around in  his head on how to make it an even better outdoor kitchen.  

Well enough chatting for today.  It's been great to meet y'all and I'm looking forward to more blog posts to come.  Before I leave you with some pictures of life from in and around site 51H, I have a question (well two.)  What exactly is a sticker?  And, should I be worried?

I think that's all for this post.  Thank you once again for the warm welcome and good wishes.  

Until next time, stay safe out there....Miss Anne

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A Lazy Monday......

Happy Tuesday morning all.  We're back with our latest blog post this morning.  The title says it all.  Yesterday was indeed a lazy Monday for us.  But that's a great kind of Monday isn't it?

Our morning was quiet, Rob fixed a crockpot full of Mac and Cheese for a lunch event we were invited to here at the campground.  Showers passed through after lunch and stayed around for the next several hours.  So right on cue, we just took naps, and generally did a whole bunch of nothing until the sun came back out later in the afternoon

Dinner was left over salmon, corn salad, mac and cheese, and smoked cheeses.  It was just as good as the evening before, maybe better.

After supper we all loaded up in Levi for a nice BRP cruise.  We saw two deer and lots of beautiful mountain vistas.   Here are a few pictures of our day, not many because Rob just didn't take very many.

Well there's no telling what today's adventures will be, so you'll just have to check back to tomorrow to find out.

Until next time, stay out there.....-R,T,&J. 

Monday, July 17, 2017

The Best Kind of a Monday Morning......

Good Monday morning all. This is the best kind of a Monday morning.  We're back at Raccoon Holler Campground, enjoying a peaceful, sleep-in, cool, mountain sort of Monday morning.

Miss Anne and the gang left home a little after eleven Sunday morning, and we were here about 1:30 or so Sunday afternoon.   We had an un-eventful drive here, in fact, we took the "long" way so we could enjoy a nice little BRP (Blue Ridge Parkway) drive before arriving at the campground.

It didn't take us long to set up camp and enjoy a couple sandwiches for a lite lunch.  About the time we were finishing our sandwiches, Cousin Sharon and Murphy, who are also camping here this week, drove up to visit.  

Now you may ask why drive over.  Well, it's like this.  Cousin Sharon and our campsites are on opposite ends of the campground.  We both have what many would consider the two of the top three sites in the entire campground.  (Insert a big dose of good luck, karma, etc. here as the cause to this!!)  But true to the NC mountains, it is uphill both ways between our two campsites...HAHA.

We even got a picture of cousin Sharon's campsite on the way out last evening to enjoy a BRP drive.  This was a drive by shooting of sorts.  If you zoom in, you can even see what cousin Sharon is watching on TV!!!

It was a wonderful afternoon of visiting and sitting around the campfire.  Supper was provided by the GMG, baked salmon and it sure was yummy.

We had a few technical difficulties at first with the GMG, but only because it blew a fuse upstream in the electrical connection that Rob didn't know about.  That was quickly remedied, and before long dinner was cooking.  Rob set the GMG up on the back rack of Miss Anne, and of course, he's already planning a couple mods to make an outdoor cooking area.....

After a wonderful dinner of baked salmon, corn salad (thanks cousin Sharon!!) and cole slaw, cousin Sharon went back to her place, and we went for an evening ride on the BRP.  

There are just too many beautiful views to take a picture of them all, but here's one for you anyway......

We arrived back to camp just on the edge of dark.  It was time for Miss Anne to show off her new underbody lights....

So far this morning, Jackson and Rob have been on a long walk, Rob has started something yummy in the crockpot for a lunch gathering here in the campground, and whop cinnamon rolls have been fixed for breakfast.  

It looks to be a great mountain day here, and we sure do hope your day is great as well.

Until next time, stay safe out there.....-R,T,&J.