Travels with Mollie

My 50th High School reunion beckoned me to Greensboro NC last week, but Russ opted to go hiking in the Adirondacks instead.  My friend Molly and I have mutual friends who live in NC, so we decided to make it a girl trip – my maiden voyage in Ollie without Russ!

The highlight of the reunion weekend was the Girl Scout luncheon, with 22 scouts from 2 troops attending.  It was wonderful being together again, learning the different paths we all took over the past 50 years.

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From Greensboro we headed west to visit our friend Sue in Asheville, touring the city, enjoying the views, and eating at some wonderful restaurants.

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Our way home took us 400 miles on the Blue Ridge Parkway, with lots of twists and turns, beautiful views around every bend, and interesting stops along the way.

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The Blue Ridge Music Center offers an outstanding museum that traces the development of mountain music and free, live entertainment with local musicians every afternoon.
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Mabry Mill, in operation from 1910 to 1935, and currently home to some of the best Blackberry Cobbler you’ll ever eat!

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Our journey continued into Shenandoah National Park and the Skyline Drive.  Today, August 25, 2016, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service, truly America’s best idea!

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Vermont Escapade

We spent last week near beautiful Burlington Vermont at the Escapees RV Club’s annual Escapade, a gathering of +-1700 campers in +-800 rigs.  A majority of the attendees were full time RVers and driving the big Class A motor homes, but we found a quiet little corner in the boondocking area (no hookups) to settle in for the week.

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When we became interested in buying a travel trailer, one of the first resources we discovered was Technomadia, aka Chris and Cherie.  Ten years on the road have taken them from a 16′ teardrop, to a 17′ Oliver travel trailer, to the vintage 1961 GM bus conversion they now call home.  Despite their auspicious sounding name, they are a wealth of information spoken in language even we can understand, and generously share their knowledge via blogposts and YouTube.  We were happy to meet them at Escapade so we could thank them in person for all that they do for the RV community.

We spent most of the week going to seminars, learning the tricks of the trade for life on the road, but managed to get in a couple of days of sightseeing while we were there.  Of course we made the pilgrimage for the Ben and Jerry’s factory tour, followed by the nearby Cabot Cheese Store where they had a buffet of cheeses laid out for us to sample.

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We decided to stay an extra day so we could visit the Shelburne Museum, and were we ever glad we did!  Electra Havemyer Webb was a collector in a very big way (everything from dolls to buildings), and she had the vision and the means to create this wonderful place to display it all.  Housed in 38 buildings on 45 beautifully landscaped acres, the museum showcases Americana at its best, an impressive collection of Impressionist art, and the 220-foot steamboat, Ticonderoga.  We topped off the day with a ride and a kiss on the carousel.

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Kinetic sculpture by George Sherwood is one of the featured exhibits this summer

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