Our first trip out we chose Kings Mountain State Park. The main reason we chose this park was because we wanted to check out Two Kings Casino. While we had no aspirations of “winning big” we actually ended up spending little time in the casino and more time in the great outdoors.
Getting there was a great big hiccup as the GPS said it was only 4 hours and 8 minutes…..WRONG! It took us six hours to get there fighting high winds and high traffic. Our trailer swayed like it had no bars attached! The campground was not on a mountain but as we entered it there was certainly similarities in that the road was narrow and curving around foothills.
Arriving at the park office I got out and was met by an attractive man that said “Sorry we’re full” and then just kind of giggled. I of course did not think it was really that funny but since he wasn’t bad to look I went along with the joke.
After parking on the lot I got out and left our door in the truck so we could set up. My husband rolled the window down for him which proved to be beneficial when moments later we hear this click….he had locked himself in the truck with the keys in it! My husband was able to get his arm in far enough to unlock the truck and remove his keys. It kind of fit our mischevious Roco.
With our camper finally set up, it was time to have some fun. Here are some pics from the park.
Thanks for going on this journey with me. Pass it on, take a kid camping.
A short one hour away we park our RV in a quaint no-frills campground at Oriental, NC. This is not a place for everyone. There are no fancy shops, not a lot of buzz, not even really a town. While there are a lot of things its not there are still pluses to this little community.
There are a few good restaurants like the “Our State” favorite The Silos. The one we liked the best was The Brantley which had a great buffett at an actual decent price. Both were within walking distance of our campsite.
I remember this community as a child as just a small community across a small bridge. There was little scenic about it and certainly no restaurants or little else. Oriental now has grown into still a small but attractive place on the map. What it lacks in frills it offers in warmth. The people were welcoming and sometimes entertaining. Here are a few pics from my journey to Oriental.
Thank you for taking this journey with me to Oriental, NC. I hope in some small way I have captured its beauty and warmth. On a quiet day when you have nothing else to do take a chance and find that one spot on the map that calls to you.
Have a great day and God bless each and every one of you.
Every year I am drawn to the mountains of North Carolina. I think it is a way that God calls me closer to him. This trip we were not able to get lodging were we wanted to be so we settled for Mt. Airy.
The campground was large with the view of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Here is something else we did not expect to find in this campground…two vintage vehicles.
We decided to drive the short distance to the Blue Ridge Parkway and get a few shots from the overlook.
While I was disappointed that the leaves had not turned, the trip was still worth it. The pond below was just behind our campsite.
Steam rising off the pond in the early morning hours.
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While Covid has kept us in lockdown it has also taken us some time to make some necessary repairs. Because we had also had to make some repairs to our truck we decided to make our first trip out fairly close by to make sure we felt comfortable with the repairs that had been made.
Venturing out only a little over thirty miles from home it was still far enough from home to satisfy our need to “get away”. Here are a few pics from our trip so far:
Kampers Lodge may not be fancy enough to suit some people but has given us everything we need. It is quite, the camp host are absolutely great and of course the price is right!
Keep watching for more of our camping adventures. Don’t let Covid or any of the issues of this country keep you from having the time of your life. Live life to the fullest. Have a great day.
After the recent flooding at Hiddenite Campground that claimed five lives, I was moved. As an avid camper myself I love to camp out beside the river and mountain streams. It is always very peaceful. Campers were not advised of the potential flooding and a peaceful situation quickly turned tragic.
In my hometown we currently have flooding and it will give you some idea of what it might have looked like at Hiddenite.
Don’t take anything for granted when you are around rising water. The campground at Hiddenite should have closed prior to the flooding but it didn’t. The lost lives included a one year old child.
Our journey this week began in this little cabin at Mountainside Cabins. We normally travel in an RV but when our refrigerator died, we decided to rent this little cabin instead of waiting to repair our fridge.
This one-lane road, which proved to be one of many, lead us up a mile to our cabin. Along the way were these colorful trees along with christmas trees on the side.
Hope you enjoyed these few pictures of our mountain journey.