Moderators SeaDawg Posted November 6, 2010 Moderators Share Posted November 6, 2010 Back in October, we met up with several Oliver friends, and a Casita friend, too, and camped in the mountains of North Carolina and Tennesee. Some nights (and days!) were a bit chilly, but overall we had fantastic weather, and were rewarded by Mother Nature with the splendor of fall--the brilliance of changing leaves, deep blue skies, sparkling sunlight and lovely soft moonlit nights. Mid-October in the Banner Elk, NC area is celebrated in many ways including The Valle Crucis Country Fair and The Woolly Worm Festival, two outstanding, fun, family-oriented festivals in small towns. Both attract what seems to be the entire population of Western North Carolina, and both are lively and interesting, with music, crafts, and arts to suit all. And, kids and adults alike enjoy watching the Woolly Worms (the Ground Hog of WNC) race down strings to determine the big champion owner in this festival that benefits charities throughout the area. A friend of mine suggested that we stop and enjoy dinner and music at a newer development outside of Banner Elk after the Woolly Worm and Valle Crucis Fair. Five of us drove up the mountain for an al fresco BBQ dinner and retro music from a talented local band. The view from our mile-high picnic table beside the open air lodge, overlooking the bandshell that jutted out off the mountainside, was utterly amazing. Our afternoon brought a whole new dimension to the phrase dinner with a view: You can see just the corner of the lodge style bandshell here, and the view from our picnic table. Dinner with friends, mountain views, and great music. Who could ask for more? Great music by a talented local band As sunset approached, we moved to the library deck to watch the brilliant sun drop behind the mountain A whimsical bit of "tree art" With both joy and sadness, we watched the afternoon end. 2008 Ram 1500 4 × 4 2008 Oliver Elite, Hull #12 Florida and Western North Carolina, or wherever the truck goes.... 400 watts solar. Dc compressor fridge. No inverter. 2 x 105 ah agm batteries . Life is good. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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