Thursday, June 06, 2013

End of School Mountain Trip with Hunter

Morning of day #2 on our short mountain trip. We spent the night in Burnsville, NC. This was a new destination for me and don't remember ever being here before. Yancey County seat and a very nice town in a lovely location. We stayed at the Carolina Country Inn on recommendations from Google and I must say that they were spot on! The place was clean, nice, well located and reasonable!

Now, what we've done so far.
In eventful drive to Morganton with Hunter sleeping much of the the way. Went to Mountain Burrito there, a traditional favorite of my western trips.

No disappointments this time! Great Burrito. May get the nachos next time for a change up.

It's been a tradition for Hunter and I to drive up the blue ridge on back roads that are unsaved and crooked. Well this trip was no exception. We are up the back roads from Adako in Caldwell county to Blowing Rock in Watauga. At least 20 miles of switchbacks and slow driving and then, poof, you drive out onto Main Street in Blowing Rock. Very disorienting experience.

On our way up the mountain, and miles from anywhere, we came upon a motorcycle accident. An older Florida couple had been riding the curvy road and wiped out on turn. The lady had badly broken her right ankle and was in the ditch in great pain. We helped her stabilize it with a belt and a paperback book, then we went further up the hill to get cell signal and call 911. Because of our location, it was 30 minutes before they arrived. I gave her some ibuprofen for pain and Hunter gave her his pillow to prop her leg up on. The road was so narrow that when EMS arrived, they had to continue down the mountain as they could not turn around or one other car came by the entire hour we were there. Glad we showed up!

After that excitement, we went on up and into Blowing Rock. Cool town but the weather was against us as it was extremely foggy. So we soon went further on to Boone. I went to a brewshop and got some bottle caps. Next, we drove south toward Asheville. We were going to stay in Spruce Pine, but the motels there were uninspiring, so looked on google maps and found a highly rated motel in Burnsville, 20 miles further on.
Good choice!

I had been trying to get Hunter to watch Austin Powers for awhile, so last night we rented the movie from Amazon and watched it on the iPad. Just the kind of humor we both like!
Good nights sleep later and we are ready to mosey on into Asheville for an interesting time with the hippies! Sweet Pea Hostel, here we come!

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