Lake Gypsy
February 24, 2021 - Camp Hatteras, Waves North Carolina (718 miles)
Day 1
Arrived at campground about 4:00. Campground was picked out by Kevin and Ginny. We really liked it, but no need to be on the expensive sites on the ocean as there is a big berm blocking the view. However, it is nice that the walk to the beach is very close. We watched the sunset over the inland waterway across the road at the other side of the campground. Nearby restaurants closed on Wednesday. We brought some food at Dollar General because Food Lion was half an hour away. We ate dinner in the camper. There is limited restaurants open this time of year anyway due to seasonal and COVID issues. Dollar General had a decent food selection. Very windy so no campfire. Hunkered down inside enjoying the coziness.

Day 2
Walked dogs on the beach. It is a beautiful day. Cold (Feb) but clear. Monica, Kevin and Ginny accompanied us North towards Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills. First we ate in an outdoor area with a heater due to COVID restrictions at the Kill Devil Grill. Then we drove to and toured the Wright Brothers Memorial and Museum The museum was open and not crowded. Then we went to Jockey's Ridge on the way back and did an extensive hike up the dunes. They also had a small nature center. Very nice. We went back to the campground and got ready for our dinner at the nearby Good Winds Restaurant, etc. They are on the sound and we saw a beautiful sunset. The food was pretty good, but they were seriously understaffed and it was very slow. However, we enjoyed our drinks and the sunset so there was no rush.

Day 3
We drove South with Kevin and Ginny to Cape Hatteras and saw the lighthouse and small museum. You could not go into the lighthouse. Another beautiful February day. The we ate lunch at Lighthouse Sports in Buxton. It was good. Then we went to the ship museum. It was very well done and we enjoyed that. They had the original beacon from the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse there and the whole history. We went back to the campground and walked the dogs on the beach again. They enjoyed it very much. The tide was much higher and lapping under some houses just North of the campground. Yikes!

Day 4
The next morning we again walked the dogs on the beach. Then we went to the Bodie Island LIghthouse. After that we ate at Poor Richards on Roanoke Island. We walked around the harbor in the area of the restaurant. Then we went to the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island. It was very nice and we enjoyed it. Then we drove to Fort Raleigh visitor center and walked around the old Fort. There isn't much of it there. But the location is beautiful and it is where they do the Lost Colony show in the summer. There are also some Elizabethan Gardens, but they were closed also. Missed it by a few days. Things closed for winter. We headed back to the campground for another glorious sunset over the sound.

Day 5
Sunday the 28th we packed up and headed home.

Good dog park.
Fires on the ground are not allowed. Need to bring portable fire pit.
The location is good for exploring Outer Banks.
Very windy probably would stay further back from the ocean since all you see from campground is the dunes. The other option is to stay on the sound side.
Campsites are not paved and level with full hookups.
Good access to the beach.
Tennis courts, basketball, putt putt and 2 pools.

We stayed at site 48.
April 9, 2021 - Mayberry Campground in Mount Airy North Carolina (495 miles)
Friday, April 9, 2021

Left in a.m. and drove straight to Mt. Airy, Pattie, Luis and Zoe and Kaylee. Monica decided not to come.

Set up camp quickly. Also at the campground were Kevin and Ginny and Jim and Mary. The two of us went over to 13 Bones and ate lunch at 13 Bones in Mt. Airy. Yum, yum.

3:00 we met at Round Peak Vineyards - 765 Round Peak Church Rd, Mount Airy, NC 27030

We met Rich/Teresa; Jim/Lucy; Kevin/Ginny; and Jim/Mary - total 10 there and did a tasting out back in the covered patio which had plastic weather sides. A freak thunder/lightening storm and then large hail storm ensued. Luckily no damage to our vehicles. But it was about 15 minutes long and quite impressive.

Back to the campgrounds to let the dogs out and then John and Donna arrived at the campground. They rode with us to dinner and we all met at Old North State Winery in downtown Mt. Airy. Julie and Paul had arrived at the B&B and met us there also. 6:30 Old North State for Dinner - 308 N Main St, Mt Airy, NC 27030
Rich/Teresa; Jim/Lucy; Pattie/Luis; Kevin/Ginny; Jim/Mary; Paul/Julie; Donna/John - total 14

Saturday, April 10, 2021
Saturday was another day of wineries Teresa had set up for us. We walked the dogs around the campground in the a.m. and drove to Jones Von Drehle - 964 Old Railroad Grade Rd, Thurmond, NC 28683 (this is were we did a food and wine pairing previously). Winery tasting room is not huge, but they have a covered front porch also and set up a huge event tent when we did the food and wine pairing previously. We joined for free for one year agreeing to two shipments of wine. John and Donna were nice to volunteer to drive since John doesn't drink much wine. We had a tasting. Luis and I tasted both the estate and reserve tastings together. We preferred the reserve wines. I bought a glass and we went outside to drink with our snacks. We also bought several bottles of wine.
Rich/Teresa; Jim/Lucy; Pattie/Luis; Kevin/Ginny; Donna/John; Rich/Marcia - total 12. Julie and Paul were biking in the a.m.

Then we drove to Raffaldini where we sat outside and Rich and Teresa picked up their wine shipment. Some people got glasses to drink. We abstained.

3:00 (Next) was Sanders Ridge.
3200 Round Hill Rd, Boonville, NC 27011
Tasting- no outside food
Rich/Teresa; Jim/Lucy; Pattie/Luis; Kevin/Ginny; Paul/Julie; Donna/John; Rich/Marcia - total 14
It was a gorgeous setting like a large log cab in with a huge covered porch on the side of a river. Luis and I had frozen wine slushies which were very good. They had a female guitar player singer who was very good and sang a lot of our music. Most of our group didn't care for their wines because they were too sweet. We bought two bottles of the sweet wine (similar to Moscato) that Jim and Lucy said was good a Muscat Cannelli.

After Sanders Ridge John drove us back to the campground where we all took our dogs for walks. They had Zena with them.

We dressed and Luis drove us to dinner (John and Donna) at Shelton Vineyards where we had two tables reserved for 14 of us. Jim and Mary did not participate in the winery games or dinner on Saturday. They had moved to Pilot Mountain Campground. Again, we had rain so no campfire. :(

6:00 Shelton - Harvest Grill for Dinner - 286 Cabernet Lane Dobson, NC 27017
Rich/Teresa; Jim/Lucy; Pattie/Luis; Kevin/Ginny; Paul/Julie; Donna/John; Rich/Marcia - total 14

Woke up early and took the girls to Pilot Mountain to hike the rim trail. Jim and Mary met us for the hike. It was nice to visit with them. After the hike we went back to the campground where we made plans to eat at 13 Bones with Jim and Donna and Kevin and Ginny. Good restaurant for ribs. We returned to the campground and Jim and Donna packed up.

I went with Kevin and Ginny to Slightly Askew winery in Elkin. Luis relaxed at the camper. Ginny and I sampled many of the fruity, sweet blends, and Kevin had a glass of something. They had some very refreshing ones and the guy told really funny stories with them. The names are funny...Nasty Bastard, Spiker Dude,. Drama Kween, Reel Good, Numb Knutz, etc. I bought two bottles of Crooked Toe Blues, and two bottles of the Elkahol.

Monday we got up and I showered, then we broke down to drive home. We did not have to winterize so we were pulling out by 10:45 even with me showering in the a.m.

Came back home to drop off stuff and then Luis took her to storage.

Bathrooms were nice and clean. They also have heat and air conditioning.
There is only one bathhouse. There are 2 toilets and 1 shower in the men's room and the same in the women's. This is an RV park so this was not a problem.
There are several common shelters with tables and fire rings.
Not all campsites have tables or fire rings. You can have them delivered to your campsite.

We stayed at site #86.

April 29, 2021 - Campfire Lodgings, Weaverville North Carolina (500 miles)

Thursday, April 29
We (Luis, Monica and I) headed up to Campfire Lodgings and luckily Larry the truck driver at Campfire got us into D9. It is a tight fit with the hill to the yurt across from our site. We got settled and headed to Red Ginger for dinner with Paul and Julie (in a yurt) and Teresa and Richard. Julie and Richard tried the chicken feet (disgusting). They were not impressed. But the rest of the meal was delicious as always.

Friday, April 30
We hung out in the campground and walked the dogs around. Then we headed downtown to La Zoom to do the comedy bus tour. Teresa and Richard's friend's Jerry and Meg and also Sally and David joined us along with Paul and Julie. We went to eat at Asheville Pizza. It was quite a walk to the restaurant so we called an Uber for Sally and David who headed back to Ingles where they had left their camper due to late arrival. They went up to set up at Campfire. Richard and Teresa and Jerry and Meg also went back to help out. Paul and Julie, Luis and I went downtown to the Pinball Arcade. It was a lot of fun. I personally played hundreds of games of frogger, and pacman. Great fun. Deb had arrived and set up a tent at campfire. We had a campfire.

Saturday, May 1
Julie, Paul, Luis and I went to Mt. Mitchell to hike with the dogs. Deb had fallen in the dark Fri. night and had to go to the ER to be sure her wrist was not broken. :(We took the dogs on the hike. It was really a pretty day and we could see lots of mountains as Mt. Mitchell is the highest peak east of the Mississippi. We watched the sunset back at the campground.

Sunday, May 2
Teresa and Richard and Jerry and Meg headed back home. We stayed until Monday.
We met Ezra and Carina at White Duck Tacos down in the River Arts district for lunch. Deb joined us. We went to Lexington glassworks and they had some beautiful things. We ate delicious ice cream sandwiches next door at Sunshine Sammies. Then we went back to the campground to let the dogs out and we met Ezra and Carina again for dinner at Pack's Tavern in Asheville. We sat next to the UNCA basketball jersey of Keith Hornby. Carina went to school and took acting classes with Keith (Bruce Hornsby's son). He was very nice. Sally and David hung at the campground.

Monday, May 3
We packed up and left. Sally and David also.

Sites P1 through P8 have incredible views (specially during sunset). They are on the edge of the cliff which does leave you exposed to the winds. There are also no trees so n very hot days you would have no cover.
Sites P1 through P5 should be the easiest to back into with a large rig.
Sites D9 through D15 have trees behind them so the views are limited. They do have a lot of tree cover which is nice during the day if spending the day outside.
Sites D16 through D19 are not the best but are still nice.
The road up to the campground is long and narrow. Rigs going in the opposite direction would be a challenge. To avoid problems, they discourage late departures or early arrivals and you must ask special permission.

We stayed at Campfire Lodgings Site D9.
June 27, 2021 - Great Outdoor RV Resort, Franklin North Carolina (705 miles)

Sunday, 6/27/21
Arrived Sunday with Monica and the dogs to the Great Outdoor RV Resort. The guy who backed us in was amazing! He was even better than the guy at Campfire. Deb met the dogs and Luis and I at the campground and we drove to Waterrock Knob Trail and hiked to the peak. It was amazingly cold up there. The sun was just starting to set as we came down. We had a picnic with quiche Deb made for us. Was a great hike. Then as we drove down the mountain and we stopped to take in a beautiful very colorful sunset.
Hiked with Debbie and ate picnic.

We ate lunch at Fat Buddies. Their brisket sandwich was very good and a good deal. We also had the most delicious Chocolate Pecan Pie ever! Luis and I went to the pool at the campground. It was very pleasant. We walked around the campground and saw they have small cottages for sale up one hill and Class A sites for sale up another hill. It is a Class A planned community with small lots you build out with a shed/small cottage/kitchen/covered patio etc. and park your class A. They have an HOA and a pool. Very nice for people with Class A's.

Took the dogs to the Natahala Forest and went to Dry Falls. It is not too far from the road. Beautiful large waterfall that you walk on the trail behind the waterfall. It was a lot of fun and very pretty. Went back to the camper and went to the Haywood Smokehouse to eat with Monica. It was also good, but Fat Buddies was better.

Wednesday June 30
Luis and I drove to Natahala Outdoor Center (NOC) to go on their Zip Line Course. It was a nice day and very fun. Afterwards we ate at the restaurant on the River. We were starved and had pizza. We went back to the camper to feed Monica and walk the dogs.

Thursday, July 1
Went took Monica and drove to Cherokee and the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. We walked around the village there and along the creek hoping to see Elk. It was too late in the day to see the Elk. We drove just up the road to the beautiful working Mingus Mill. So pretty the way the water runs through the troughs to the mill and the foliage growing on it. We left there and went to Mingo Falls. It was quite a hike up a long stairway but worth it for the beautiful tall waterfall. After that we went to lunch as Wize Guyz in Cherokee in the tourist strip area. It was good sandwiches.
That evening Teresa, Richard, Lucy and Jim arrived.

Friday, July 2
The whole gang went to 12 Spies in GA. It was a really nice winery with a nice outdoor covered patio area. We bought a bottle of wine and had a good time.
Ate diner with Carina and Ezra at Mi Casa Mexican in Franklin. It was good.

Saturday, July 3
Went to the outdoor drama Unto These Hills. Next time good to know not to buy the expensive seats in the middle because the edges get shady and the middle does not. You can still see from the edges. The show was very touching and well done.
Lunch at Front Porch Cakery in the strip in Cherokee. It was delicious. Then back to Mingo Mill with Ezra and Carina and the crew. After that we had dinner with Richard and Teresa at Fat Buddies and then a campfire.

Sunday, July 4
We took the Natahala Gorge Train route with the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad. Deb also joined us. Teresa and Richard and Lucy and Jim, Deb us and Monica. We booked the nicest car which included climate control (AC) and drinks and a meal which we picked in advance. It was a lot of fun and beautiful and comfortable going through the woods on the train to the Natahala Gorge (Natahala Outdoor Center). There we got off the train for about an hour. Then they took us back to the depot in Bryson City. We toured the train museum which is included. It was fun and there are also a lot of shops and restaurants connected with the depot. We went to Walmart and bought stuff to have a dinner at the campground. The campground had a party at the pool and music, but we had our own thing planned.

Monday, July 5
We came back home.

Good dog park.
You have to ask for fire rings.
The location is good for exploring Western North Carolina, and Northern GA.
The pool was nice.
Staff nice and friendly (helped back into site). We stayed at site 57.

September 16, 2021 - Mayberry Campground in Mount Airy North Carolina (305 miles)

Wednesday we picked the camper up from Bill Plemmons where it has been for a month to have the annual required "warranty inspection" done and repair of the bathroom pocketdoor which was not attached properly at the top. We brought it home in prep for leaving Thurs after Luis finished work (he just started new job and can't take off). We arrived on Thursday and stayed in site 35 which is pull-thru and down by the fishing hole where it is relative quiet of highway noise. Luis and Pattie went out and ate at 13 Bones. Teresa and Rich, Kevin and Ginny had arrived earlier at the campground and already gone out to eat.

Friday Luis worked remotely in the camper using his new Verizon hot spot and Pattie went tubing with Teresa and Richard, Marcia and Rich, and Neal and Dianna. Three couples stayed at the Vemeer B&B in town: Marcia & Rich, Julie & Paul and Neal & Dianna. We used a company called North Carolina River Riders. We parked at their place and they rode us to the edge of the river on a trail. We put in and then they collected us at the end with a bus. It was a great float!

Friday dinner was a Old North State in downtown Mt. Airy. Pattie & Luis, Kevin & Ginny, Julie & Paul, Teresa & Rich, Marcia & Rich, Neal & Dianna. Then we did a Ghost Tour with the museum. The museum looks nice and we must do that on a future trip. The ghost tour was okay, but perhaps a bit too long winded.

Saturday we did the wine too with Yadkin Valley Wine Tours (don't use again). They were late, and cut out a winery, and didn't make any reservations for our meal or tastings. :( Overall I think we decided next time just to do two vineyards a day and carpool. It was not worth the $700 price.

So we ended up going to Stony Knoll for a tasting and then Sheldon for lunch at the Harvest Grill and then to Haze Gray.

We were dropped back at the campground and then went to The Depot for dinner. It was interesting. Very busy large place. Food was okay.

But the weather was terrific and we had an amazing campfire back at Mayberry and Neal and Dianna played guitar and sang.

Pierrie's packed up and departed Sunday a.m. We reserved until Monday so we went to Loaded Goat for lunch and then Jones VonDrehle to pick up our spring wine shipment. We returned to the campground and did break down and returned home.

We took the camper back to Bill Plemmons on Monday to get the pocket door fixed.

Bathrooms were nice and clean. They also have heat and air conditioning.
There is only one bathhouse. There are 2 toilets and 1 shower in the men's room and the same in the women's. This is an RV park so this was not a problem.
There are several common shelters with tables and fire rings.
Not all campsites have tables or fire rings. You can have them delivered to your campsite.

We stayed at site #35.

October 13, 2021 - Campfire Lodgings, Weaverville North Carolina (543 miles)
Oct. 13, Wed.
Our camper was finally complete for the repair of the pocket door. It was in storage so Luis went to get it Tuesday evening. We left Wed. for Statesville after Luis finished his work with his new job at Terazo so that he wouldn't have to take the day off and we drove half way to Asheville and stayed at the KOA Journey in Statesville which we have done before. It is a great overnight stopping point with a nice dog park and pull through sites. Can be a little noisy near the highway, but again a great overnight or two. So we did minimal set up to get a good nights sleep.

Oct. 14, Thurs.
The next morning Luis I ordered pizza from Hungry Howies as they deliver to the campground. It was good. After our early lunch we broke down and headed out by 12:00 to Asheville. Arriving just after 2:00 which is checkin time. We made it safely up the mountain and again they had a great person to help us get into the scary D9 site. We had booked it when we still had the smaller camper. We set up and Richard and Teresa arrived and set up also. We joined them at the Glass Onion in Weaverville for dinner. The restaurant was nice and food was good, but it was pricey.

Oct 15, Fri
Richard and Teresa took me with them to town to go shopping in downtown Weaverville. We ate at Wellbread! Yum! Then we were shopping and then headed over to Lexington Glass Works and I bought two glass flowers to go with my vase that Deb gave me. Then we headed over to the River Arts District where we perused more shops looking at artsy things and Teresa bought a giraffe print for Virginia. She talked me into buying a dress! LOL We headed back to the campground to check on Monica and Luis. He finally finished up work and Sally and David had arrived. We adults (minus Monica) headed to Red Ginger Dim Sum for dinner. Always a good experience. Everyone enjoyed it and then we went to Sunshine Sammies for ice cream sandwiches. They were delicious. We headed back to the campground buy did not do a fire.

Oct. 16, Sat
We went to Sierra Nevada with Monica and Deb joined us there and Sally and David and Richard and Teresa. We had a nice lunch inside with beer and cider flights and then there was a band setting up outside and we went out for the music. It was terribly windy so we only stuck around for a bit and Deb was headed down to Cary. She took off and we left and headed to Camping World to pick up some black tank stuff. We took Monica back to the camper and let the dogs out. Luis and I fixed Monica's food and headed to Moes. After Moe's we met everyone downtown for our LaZoom Ghost Comedy Tour. It was very good as always.

Oct. 17, Sun
We got up early and went to Sunny Point. We arrived about 15 minutes before they opened and were second in line. We had a terrific breakfast. Everyone enjoyed it. We headed back to the campground and walked the dogs. We saw turkeys. Girls enjoyed the walk. Later we headed back to Weaverville and I was hoping to get more candles, but the stores were closed on Sunday. We ate lunch at Wellbread and Monica and the dogs were with us. Then we headed back to the campground. That evening Luis and I ate at the Twisted Laurel in Weaverville with Sally and David. It was nice and our waiter was new and he messed our order up a bit so they gave us all free desserts which we took to go. I would eat there again.

Oct. 18, Monday
We packed up and headed home. Luis took the morning off. When we arrived home we unpacked and he parked on the side. Then he worked that afternoon. Tuesday at lunch Luis took the camper back to the storage facility.

Sites P1 through P8 have incredible views (specially during sunset). They are on the edge of the cliff which does leave you exposed to the winds. There are also no trees so n very hot days you would have no cover.
Sites P1 through P5 should be the easiest to back into with a large rig.
Sites D9 through D15 have trees behind them so the views are limited. They do have a lot of tree cover which is nice during the day if spending the day outside.
Sites D16 through D19 are not the best but are still nice.
The road up to the campground is long and narrow. Rigs going in the opposite direction would be a challenge. To avoid problems, they discourage late departures or early arrivals and you must ask special permission.
We stayed at Campfire Lodgings Site D9.

November 11, 2021 - Byrd's Branch Campground Elkin North Carolina (392 miles)
Thursday, November 11, 2021
We left after work and drove to Byrd's Branch. Teresa and Richard had already arrived and we were not able to join them for dinner. We set up and captured and release around 100 lady bugs from our camper and went to bed.

Friday, November 12, 2021
We continued the ladybug hunt. Luis later came up with the vacuum suck to capture them and then release them far from the camper out of the collection cup. That worked much better. Pattie went with Richard and Teresa to Jones VonDrehle to do a tasting and pick up wine. We ate at the Angry Troll for a late lunch and returned to the campground. Luis still suffering from "new job syndrome" had to stay and work. When he was finished we went to The Wisdom Table to have wine across from Southern On Main before dinner. We were joined by Lucy and Jim and Jim's mother, Sally, also their friends Bill and Kathy Moore. Jim's Mom is a fun lady and very spunky. Wine was okay, but you'd think the host of a place like that would be personable. Across the street to Southern on Main where we were finally elevated to the upstairs dining room. "Girls" all went to one end of the table and "Boys" to the other end. It was fun because each of us girls got a different appetizer and then we shared them all for our meal. It was a delicious feast of brie, brussel sprouts, etc. Some of the men ordered the very nicely priced "Porterhouse" only to be surprised when it arrived and was so white. Then they figured out that it was pork Porterhouse. LOL. Perhaps they were still under the influence of the Wisdom Table when they were reading the menu. It was a good meal and we returned to the campground and Lucy and Jim and their friends to their hotel.

Saturday, November 13, 2021
First event was a tasting at Midnight Magdalena where they allowed us to have our food with our tastings. It was a nice event inside their small tasting room because it was cold and breezy outside. After our feast we went to Assemblagio at Raffaldini. They had us all at one table and it was entertaining by Jay Raffaldini as usual. We all enjoyed it and had fun creating our blend together. After that we all assembled at the campground for a nice relaxing campfire. Jim and Mary joined us for the campfire for a bit but Byrds was having a Veteran's Day chili cookoff and they went to that. The nice thing was that we were able to enjoy the musician they had scheduled also. Later we went to Harvest Grill for dinner. I had the best steak I have had in a long time! it was reasonably priced also and cooked to perfection! We were seated in front of the fireplace and it was a very nice relaxing meal. I also had a sweet potato creme brulee that was topped with toasted marshmallows and yum!

Sunday, November 14, 2021
Teresa and Richard packed and left. Jim and Mary hiked to the Carter Falls with us and the dogs. It was a nice day, cool, but sunny. Leaves are beautiful! Best fall in years. We went with Jim and Mary and Monica to the Angry Troll for lunch then they headed home. It was good again. We went back to the campground and had another campfire to finish our wood and enjoyed a beautiful sunset.

Monday, November 15
Luis worked Monday and I did some laundry and cleaning in the camper. It was a nice lazy day and we all showered and I walked the dogs. We ate leftovers and stuff in the camper. Then we headed out for home after winterizing around 5:00.

Luis took the camper back on Tuesday to storage.

Bathrooms were nice and clean.
Nice Fire rings very large area
New owners are nice and still a great bargain.
We stayed at site #10.
December 2, 2021 - Tanglewood Clemmons North Carolina (320 miles)

We left Thursday about 2:30. Needed to get there before the lines for the lights at 6:00. Thursday we had prepared dinner (Picadillo) for Richard and Teresa. They came over and we ate in our camper. Monica ate in a movie recliner. I had gone to Publix and obtained Cuban bread, guava pastries, frozen maduros and tostones. We had red wine with our dinner from Jones Von Drehle (Rock and Rail). Then we retired.

Friday Luis had to work. I walked the dogs and then got ready to go with Teresa and Richard after lunch to RayLen vineyards. We tasted wines and I bought three bottles of their port. Richard bought enough that together we got 12 and it was 30% off. A good deal. We did dinner on our own at the campground and Richard and Teresa did their carriage ride at 5:30. Ours was at 6:45. It was a lot of fun. Monica enjoyed it too. Luckily it was a fairly mild December night so we weren't cold.

Saturday we went to Jolo for lunch and then a tasting. We tasted both their port and sweet vermouth at the end. Yum!

Really nice for a county park with full hookups and nice paving on the the sites.
It is kind of like a KOA but with trees and half the cost.
The campground is in a good location.
Inside of a large county park with plenty of walking trails, a dog park, horse rentals, arboretum, and more.
The bathrooms were clean but small.
The sites also had cable and Wi-Fi.
We stayed at site #3.