Getting Our Bearings – Mon, May 18, 2015

Summer Travel Map
Lake Powhatan Recreation Area
Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina

I had this post ready to upload from Live Writer to Blogger.
However, before I could post it, the rug got pulled out between the two.
So now, I attempted to do it in Blogger and it just doesn't work so well.
This may well be my last post if I can't figure out how to use Blogger:o(((

The weather forecast was calling for RAIN today, so we decided to hold off on hiking. 

Instead we did a car trip to try to get our bearings and see a few sites.

We left Lake Powhatan and headed south on Rt 191 to Rt 280 towards Brevard.

Before reaching Brevard, 
we made a right on Rt 276 and visited Davidson River Campground.

We were allowed to ride through the campground, but I forgot to take photos. 
 This campground is much easier to get in to than Lake Powhatan. 

I believe when we return, we will try to get sites here instead of Lake Powhatan as it seems more central to so many things in the area.

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We continued down Rt 276 to a left on Rt 275.

There we visited the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education and Fish Hatchery.

The Center's theme is "Mountain Streams-Where Water and Life Begin". 
The facility includes an interpretive trail with live and interactive exhibits, a film, an outdoor classroom, an amphitheater and raceway (fish) exhibits.

At the back of the parking area you will find a statute dedicated to Camp John Rock, the CCC camp where the the workers lived who built most of these structures and more in the area.

Also, you will find the trailhead to Cat Gap Trail.
This trail was a favorite of the Ranger we spoke with yesterday!!

Today was not a good weather day to do a 4 mile hike,
so we returned to Rt 276 and drove west toward the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Prior to reaching the parkway, we made several stops.

First Stop – Looking Glass Waterfall

You can see the fall from the road, but we got out for a closer look :o)

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Second Stop – Moore Cove Waterfall

All the literature said this was a 1 mile round trip hike to the falls.
In reality it is a 2 mile R/T hike… but worth the effort!!

Third and Last Stop – Sliding Rock

It was only about 70 degrees today and the water temperature was 55 degrees.
There were only a few folks brave enough to give it a try today!!!

We only spent a short time at Sliding Rock as the predicted rain started.

There was one more place we want wanted to check out before you reach the BRP.

The Cradle of Forestry

The Birthplace of Forest Conservation in America

Since the rain was coming down hard and there are both indoor and outdoor exhibits here,
we decided to come back on a nicer day to give this the time it deserves.

At this point, we reached The Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP)
where we headed north back to the campground.

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Not a very pretty ride, but we did pull into an overlook and enjoy our lunch:o))

We did find the parking area for the Mount Pisgah Trail.

If the weather clears tomorrow, we will be back here to hike to Mt. Pisgah Summit :o))

We continued north on the BRP,
through many tunnels,
to the exit for Rt 191 which is just a couple miles from the campground!!

Weather permitting, 

we will be right back up here tomorrow!!!

Beginning Our Summer Travels – Sat, May 16 & Sun, May 17, 2015

We have been in the Murrells Inlet/Myrtle Beach, SC area since March 25.  We have accomplished a lot, but now it is time to head north and find some new adventures!!  Our ultimate goal is to head back to Maine where we will spend about 7 weeks.  But there are several fun stops along the way.

Departure Day, Saturday, May 16th

We were up and on the road by 8am.  Today was the last day of Myrtle Beach Biker Week and we wanted to be out of town before the roads got really congested. 

We were headed to Magnolia Campground in the Sumter National Forest for one night.

00 - Travel Map to Magnolia CG, Kinards, SC

Most of the bikers will not be leaving until tomorrow, 
but we had a few coming along with us;o)

01 - Leaving Ocean Lakes with some of the bikers

This guy must really love his guitar!!! 
You don’t have much room for stuff on a Motorcycle;0)

01c - Leaving Ocean Lakes - biker with guitar

I am beginning to relax and enjoy riding as a Co-pilot.
It is nice to be able to just see things and snap pictures safely ;-0)

These four photo really do say...

It’s A Southern Thing ;o)

02a - It's a Southern Thing - Billboard Ad 02c - It's a Southern Thing - Billboard Ad02b - It's a Southern Thing - Billboard Ad 02d - It's a Southern Thing - Billboard Ad

How about this FUN photo of a Towing Toad!!

3 - A towing toad

We had a beautiful travel day and very light traffic on I-20 and I-26!!

05 - Pretty Travel Day

We arrived at Magnolia Campground, just off I-26 near Kinard, SC before 1pm.

06a - Magnolia CG Sign 06b - Magnolia CG - Site 28, just fit

That gave Bill plenty of time to get our laundry done!!!

Moving Toward Asheville, NC – Sun, May 17th

We are heading to the RV-Dreams Family Reunion Rally just North of Asheville next week.  So we decided to check out Lake Powhatan Recreation Area for the 6 days prior to the rally.  Lake Powhatan is just a few miles south of Asheville in the Pisgah National Forest.

We had a very easy travel day from Kinard, SC to Lake Powhatan near Asheville.

It was just 100 miles on I-26 all the way!!

02a - Travel Map

If you are heading through South Carolina on I-26,
there is a very easy access Shell Station at Exit 38.

02b - I-26 easy diesel station

Easy In, Easy Out and…

 02c - I-26 easy in Shell Station02d - I-26 easy out Shell Station

the Price is cheap!!

02e - I-26 cheap diesel Shell Station

BUT….   Here’s the REAL WINNER!!!

BOGO  Yoo Hoo ;o)))

02f - I-26 BOGO Yoo Hoo Shell Station

Bill really shouldn’t leave me alone with just a camera!!!

We had a BEAUTIFUL ride into the mountains:o))

03b - beautiful ride entering North Carolina03a2 - beautiful ride into the mountains03a - hazy but beautiful ride into the mountains03b2 - beautiful ride in North Carolina

Our trip was really enjoyable...
we arrived at Lake Powhatan Campground before noon.

01c - Lake Powhatan - Entrance Gate

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01a - Lake Powhatan - FHU Site 4601a - Lake Powhatan - FHU Site 46 - Backyard View
01b1 - Lake Powhatan - Site 46 surrounded by Tulip Trees
01b - Lake Powhatan - View Behind Site 4601b2 - Lake Powhatan - View Behind Site 46

We got set up and had some lunch,
then took a drive to the Pisgah Ranger Station Visitor Center.

04 - Pisgah Ranger Station Visitor Center

They had the most helpful volunteers that loaded us down with tons of information.

There is no way we will accomplish everything in just one visit!!!


04b - Mountain Laurel

We’re gonna try ;o)))