We left our RV parked near Crowley Lake and made the drive to Lake Tahoe to visit with our friends Steve, Wende and Brady. It’s always fun to spend time with them but summer in Tahoe at their nice home is special.
Lake Tahoe is a truly beautiful place at any time but summer is especially nice with a pleasant climate, clean mountain air, the blue lake and the variety of colors in the snow topped mountains. We enjoyed lots of hiking, biking and took a ride up the Heavenly gondola and did a little hiking around the ski runs.
I’m somewhat embarrassed to admit that I’ve never visited this area during the summer. I used to come here frequently to ski since it is the nearest major ski area to Southern California, about a 5 hour drive. So this portion of our summer itinerary was built around a stop in Mammoth Lakes. We parked at the Mammoth Mountain RV Park.
Sadly, one of the major areas I wanted to visit here, Devil’s Postpile National Monument was closed to allow for repairs to the road that leads to it necessitated by winter storms. But there’s still plenty to see and do here.
Continuing my journey west, I stopped in Willcox, AZ. While here I parked at the Magic Circle RV Park. Earlier in 2016, we stopped over in Benson, AZ, which is about 30 miles west of Willcox. From Benson we visited, Tombstone, Bisbee and Kartchner Caverns.
Continuing our visit to the Blue Ridge Mountains we stopped in Asheville, NC, for 5 nights at the Bear Creek RV Park. This time we did not travel on the Blue Ridge Parkway since there is a very steep ascent and descent just before reaching Asheville so we didn’t want to put this stress on our vehicle.
I suppose a visit to Asheville wouldn’t be complete without going to see the Biltmore Estate. This very large estate with a massive house, extensive gardens, parklands and a winery, was built by George Vanderbilt. The Biltmore House was opened in 1895 after six years of construction. It was during this same time that Cornelius Vanderbilt completed the family’s beach house in Newport, RI, which is know as “The Breakers”. We toured that house back in August. We particularly enjoyed the Biltmore gardens and the Conservatory with its extensive selection of orchids. After we visited the winery and tasted some of the Biltmore wines we encountered a special event where they were presenting a variety of artisan foods to sample. Continue reading →
The kids are back in school, we have left the crowds and congestion of the northeastern states and have reached the Blue Ridge Mountains of western Virginia and North Carolina. Cooler temperatures, clean mountain air and a slower pace as summer slowly winds down. We entered the Blue Ridge Parkway near an area known as Meadows of Dan and drove south to Galax, VA. Here we parked at the Cool Breeze Campground.