Tuesday, July 26, 2016

We Are Stardust, We Are Golden.....

Happy evening everyone.  It's Rob blogging tonight.  Pod's been doing a great job (well except for that sticker blog) and will be back tomorrow night I'm sure.  Thing is, I wanted to blog this evening.  

After a great breakfast this morning, thanks to Cousin Sharon's wonderful cheese grits, and our left over breakfast casserole, we were soon loaded in Levi and were off in search of adventure.

In fact, Sharon and I were so excited to be going, that we got the doggies, and ourselves in Levi only to realize there was no Trisha.  I checked in the camper to find her still taking her shower.  So adventure waited a bit, but we were soon off.  

Now the only plan was to ride over and check out Twin Rivers Family Campground in Crumpler, NC.  The campground is only about ten miles as the crow flies, but around these parts, the crows don't fly very straight.  So the ride was more like 20 miles.

The drive included about a mile on the Parkway, gravel one and two lane roads, and paved back roads.  We got to see some awesome views of this area of the mountains.  

Soon, way down another gravel road, we were at our destination.  Only to find out the campground was booked full (beyond normal capacity) for the week.  Seems there was a Bus Rally and they had asked that drive throughs not be allowed to keep down the dust.  When we asked (very innocently I might add) if they were old school buses, the lady in charge of the campground told us they were in fact VW buses.  

We told the very nice lady we understood and that we'd drop back by on our next visit to the area.  I'm guessing that when she saw Sharon's and my reaction to the fact the buses were VWs, she offered to let us use a Gator type vehicle to go sight see.  We jumped at the chance and soon the three of us, an awesome young lady driver/guide, and the three doggies were off on an adventure of grand proportions.  

We saw VW buses of all types, colors, (even a 4x4 model that I think was a really nice homemade affair), tents, people playing in the river, tie dye, peace signs, banners, flags, Grateful Dead stickers, dogs, coolers, fires, and just a grand time being had by all. 

Of course, right through the middle of it came us on the Gator full bore tilt, with our dogs, cameras, and having a blast.   Oh and thanks to Crosby, Stills, and Nash for the blog title tonight.  It seemed to me like we were in our very own tiny Woodstock, but with kids too!!

So enough said, how about a few pictures......

In the picture below do you see the large blue banner in the center? Well you'll have to read about it over on Cousin Sharon's Splash T@B Stories blog....

As we all went bouncing along in the Gator, Sharon and I were excited, talking, taking pictures, pointing, waving, meanwhile Trisha was holding onto Jackson and Gracie and the Gator for dear life.  

Oh, and yeah, I even got a sticker too!!  Just too cool......

The rest of our day included Sharon and Trisha making a grocery store run while I stayed back and watched the doggies, naps, computer time, being lazy, and then Sharon fixing a wonderful shrimp dinner in the Camp Dutch Oven.  She was so hot after cooking, I suggested we load up in Levi for an evening Parkway ride.  She agreed but only on two conditions: she got to ride in the front seat, and the A/C was turned on full blast!!

We had a great ride, it's a nice cool evening, and I'm soon off to bed.  Thanks for checking by today.  I have no idea what tomorrow may bring, but just drop by and you can find out. 

Until next time, stay safe out there......-Rob


  1. Thanks for sharing; those are some sweet VW's. :)

  2. Sweet Dubs.. and sweet sticker..