Mountaineer-ing at Battle Run

It was a 107 site sell-out at Battle Run Campground last night. Likely one of the last weekends for crews to party together before kids are back to school on Monday. Eric had the spy glasses out, coveting Chaparrals to Sea Rays. Raft ups, kids tubing, teenagers SUP’ing, 8 year olds kayaking alongside Moms and Dads. Even Grandma was out on a pontoon, telling Sheri later in the rest room that a good day is boating and a bowel movement. Yikes! The days at Summersville Lake are filled with on-and-off the water activities like pick-up volleyball and basketball games, corn … Continue reading Mountaineer-ing at Battle Run

Walk this Way

At 4:34 AM we were woken by a well-done thunderous applause from the rainman. Still going strong, the river should be flowing fast today if the weatherman’s prediction of sunshine by 7 comes true. Today we’re doing the Tuesday in August Lower River BOGO deal with New and River Gauley River Adventures. After the Canyon Rim visit yesterday we stopped by their office, tucked back like a treehouse in the woods and less than a mile from our RV park. It’s an all-inclusive trip, bring only your adventurous spirit and nothing you don’t want to lose. They go rain or … Continue reading Walk this Way

Gorge-ous!

After slaying Asheville we looked at the return to Florida legs of our Reboot Roadtrip and decided springs and lakes were tame, what about white water? 260 miles north is New River Gorge, West Virginia. After rafting the Class IV wild and scenic Toulumne River near Yosemite 8 years ago on an OARS trip, we had the WV Gauley on our list but never got around to it. Six hours from DC – I guess we were just “too busy.” The Gauley is the monster rapids of the East Coast, ideal in Fall and Spring but a rocky mess right … Continue reading Gorge-ous!

No Rain (for a minute)

All I can say is that my life is pretty plain I like watchin’ the puddles gather rain And all I can do is just pour some tea for two And speak my point of view but it’s not sane It’s not sane It’s been raining all week in Asheville and today looked like a complete washout as the rain has not stopped since it started last night. Our mountaintop campground now has a river running through it, along with a splash puddle-pool right outside our door. Eric is a weather radar groupie, tracking it hourly and suggested we had … Continue reading No Rain (for a minute)

Roller Coaster Roads

Nestled in the mountains with two rivers running through it, Asheville, NC is the gateway to the Appalachians and often named “one of the best places to live in America. The setting is so copasetic that it was chosen by George Vanderbilt as the home to his famous gilded-age mansion estate, Biltmore. We were eager to see this Smokey Mountain gem for its vibrant arts life and outdoor charms. The weather apps called for rain today, so we planned to reconnoiter and leave the Biltmore tour to later in the week. With something close to a full charge on the … Continue reading Roller Coaster Roads

I’m Free

To do what I want Any old time Last Saturday (July 28th) marked the 20th day of our 33 day Reboot Roadtrip. We’d pretty much exhausted everything there is to do within a 20 miles around Mistletoe so we decided to make a Wildwood Park return for another championship round of disc golf, go swimming at their beach and depart a day early for South Mountain State Park in Connolly Springs, GA. We know the route by heart – Out Mistletoe Road, right on Tom Bartles, right on Eubank, right on Ray Owens, over Keg Creek (the only shoulder on … Continue reading I’m Free

Rock Dam!

Mistletoe State Park has 15 miles of nature trails and yesterday our Apple Watch clocked us at 8 of those on the Cliatt Creek and Rock Dam loops. The last big hike we recalled taking was in July of last year when we walked 10 miles from downtown Charleston to St. James County Park after a shrimp and grits dinner. This time we were walking off a blueberry smoothie and teff bread breakfast. It was a two mile bike ride to the trail head, then, according to the trail map, 1.5 up the Cliatt Creek to access the 6.25 Rock … Continue reading Rock Dam!

Funkytown

Gotta make a move to a town that’s right for me Town to keep me movin’ Keep me groovin’ with some energy St. Augustine, FL is not likely the town we’ll be moving to, but it definitely has a funky vibe that can keep you movin’ and groovin’.  The amphitheater is a gem, the beaches are expansive, and the town has tons of retail and restaurants in 1700s styled buildings aligning the cobblestone streets.  There is something for everyone, although any one person probably will not like it all. Our week in Anastasia was like a fierce game of dodge, … Continue reading Funkytown

Everyday Life, Everyday People

St. Augustine Beach and Pier is just a mile down A1A from one of the a secret back gate in Anastasia State Park. We biked over for the every Wednesday morning Farmer’s Market. The sun was high but not so hot and the vendors were open at 8 am selling everything from tomatoes and cinnamon buns (which we bought both) to whimsical handmade jewelry and one-of-kind recycled home decor. Datil pepper hot sauce was on the hunt list and we crossed it off with Jane, co-owner with her son and chef JJ of Red Flag Spicy Foods.  What we couldn’t … Continue reading Everyday Life, Everyday People

Poppin’ Tags

I’m gonna pop some tags Only got 20 dollars in my pocket I’m I’m I’m huntin’ Lookin’ for a come up This is (bleepin’) awesome We love thrift store shopping, well, one of us a little more than the other. Today Sheri had $15 in her pocket, an ebike , looming rain and two thrift shops two miles down A1A – Betty Griffin Center Thrift Store and S.A.F.E Pet Rescue and Thrift Store. The hunt list (things we want or need) was growing and whenever possible, we try to go the recycle, reclaim, reuse route while fetching a bargain at … Continue reading Poppin’ Tags