A bee farm in the NC mountains teaches lessons about the importance of bees.
Scenes from rural western North Carolina.
The Boone Greenway is a great, flat trail on a day you can’t take another incline. It’s well-maintained and scenic, running along the south fork of the New River. Bikers share the trail, but the weekend we visited were very friendly. You can learn a little history when you get to the site of the original dam and power house that brought electricity to the area in 1915. There are picnic tables… Read More
See wonderful hiking tails near the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina.
The time is getting close for us. We will head back to the NC mountains as soon as it seems safe and all the advisories look good. Today I am reposting one of my very early blog posts. I’m not sure what we will be able to do when we arrive, but certainly, we will be able to enjoy the mountain backroads we love to explore! Stay Safe, Karen Near Banner Elk… Read More
In Western North Carolina, just a few miles south of the Virginia border is a little slice of mountain life that is good for the soul (and the stomach). Shatley Springs is a ramshackle collection of metal-roofed buildings and cabins, some dating as far back as 1923. Décor leans to early-barn, with colorful flowers planted in re-purposed kitchen pots and old equipment. Built over springs reported to have medicinal powers, a typical… Read More
My family loves games and puzzles and are always up for an escape room adventure. This week, we tried Boone’s first escape room – Mysterium, and were not disappointed. The Boone property is a completely local, original venture; not part of a franchise like so many others. Owner-creator Shaun has done a masterful job. His video, recordings, clues, and special effects are top-notch. The hour was packed with lots of interesting special… Read More
Our friend in Asheville thought we would enjoy the LaZoom City Comedy Tour and she was right on point. The 90-minute open-air bus tour winds its way through charming Asheville and manages to impart quite a bit of local flavor and history between the funny, corny, and sometimes bawdy, commentary. This is a great city – chock full of unique locally owned shops and restaurants (over 90%) and more craft breweries… Read More