Wow, we retreated to the mountains to escape the summer heat. It seems to have followed along. Our infrequent weather checks indicate highs in the low 80’s but it has gotten over 90 every day! We are hiking earlier & being back in the campground as close to noon as we can. A nice lunch & then a cool shower…... zzzzzzzzzz
The mountain trails are so wonderfully dark & shady. Lots of ups & downs but our legs & lungs are getting stronger. The Hutchinson family homestead is still in the park. Think they settled here in the mid 1800’s & someone lived on the homestead until 1998. They had to make nearly everything they used; think they purchased nails. Must have been a hard but satisfying life.
The Blue Ridge Music Center is an hour north of here on the Parkway. We were thrilled to hear Willard Gayheart & Scott Freeman play. The history of music in America starts in Appalachia & we loved learning about the families who played & sang together & the evolution of the instruments that came from Europe & Africa.
A Sunday drive took us to Boone to visit our dear friend Debra. It has been too many years since we have been together. Her mountain home is beautiful & we intend to visit her again soon. We even found a fairly level spot to park the Airstream. A miracle!
Information about the geology of Stone Mountain is not available at the visitor’s center & it really frustrates me. Guessing volcanic activity, but who knows, could be continental shift. Handy internet service is too easily taken for granted!