Blowing Rock

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About 10 miles from Julian Price lies a quaint town called Blowing Rock, North Carolina.  This town, according to Captain Jim, was designed, created and populated to attract women.  From it’s flower gardened main street to it’s many chic stores it does seem he has a point.  We chose a perfectly comfortable, overcast day to stroll it’s main street.  You will want to find one of their several free parking areas to stow away your vehicle as parking on the main street is at a premium.  We found ample parking between their public pool and a very lovely park.  A steep hike up some hidden steps and you are close to Main Street.  You can walk from one end to the other quite comfortably, as it’s not very long.

There were many fascinating shops and storefronts.  Myself, I’m not really a very girly-girl so the shops only really interest me from a “viewing” standpoint.  I like to see all the interesting wares and what-nots.  I love the architecture and did get to take some interesting shots of some of the buildings.  I was drawn to one shop though, much to the detriment of my pocketbook.  It was a lovely yarn shop named Unwound Yarn http://www.unwoundyarn.com/  I enjoyed perusing the many colorful and varied yarns.  Even Jim and Kaelin found the different yarns to be interesting, noting the textures and varied softness.  I did buy a wonderful kit to make a Christmas present for my oldest daughter.  Of course, I can’t share what it is yet, but I can say it had 21 different colors!

Of course, when you stroll through little towns like this you do work up an appetite and this is when you search out restaurants that are unique to the area.  We were drawn to Town Tavern http://www.towntavernbr.com/ and were fairly pleased.  The food was mostly pub style food and spirits.  It was a little pricey as probably most all restaurants and stores are in Blowing Rock.  It had a neat atmosphere and I can imagine it gets to hopping on weekends and evenings.

Blowing Rock is definitely worth the stroll whether you are a shopper or not.  And the area offers more than just the downtown shopping excursions.  Not far from there is The Blowing Rock itself, which we visited last year.  It is located off The Blueridge Parkway, a must do!  And it is close to Boone.  You cannot go wrong visiting this lovely area.  For more information visit this link:   https://blowingrock.com/

Singing Hills Campground Cave City 6-17-18

We used Passport America to find a campground near Mammoth Caves in Cave City, Ky.  Singing Hills Campground http://www.singinghillsrvpark.com/  was fairly nice campground very near the many touristy attractions in the area.  We were surprised at how many there were.  However, we were there for the caves!

Singing Hills is run by a very nice couple.  The wife, Beth Brown, we discovered was a retired teacher.  We ended up chatting with her for quite some time as we cooled off from our excursions.  She told me about a children’s book series, “Mrs. Piggle Wiggle” perfect for my first graders and introduced herself as the author of her own book, “Parenting is Rocket Science.”  Listening to her stories about meeting Mr. Brown and raising their family were definitely uplifting.   https://www.amazon.com/Parenting-Is-Rocket-Science/dp/0929540093

The campground sites are clean, but too close for Captain Jim and my comfort and very little shade.  Shade was much needed as it was hot as Hades or the  according to Jim, “the 4th level of Dante’s inferno!”  We spent very little time outside; it just wasn’t possible.

We stayed 3 nights, but only because it was cheap (with the Passport America discount) and we would be going to the caves.  It would have been too much trouble to find another campground.

Kaelin was  happy with that decision because he could ride his bike and he even met a little boy he played with for short while.  He also enjoyed that Mrs. Beth allowed him to take a couple of books with him.  He’s now a fan of the “Warriors” book series.

I give Singing Hills a 3.5 rating.  They really need some shade and cutting the grass would have been helpful.  Also sites too close.  I hate to give it such a low rating as the Brown’s are lovely people.  Perhaps the cooler months?

Captain Jim would only give it a 3.  He was not happy with not being able to hang out in the great outdoors.  Of course, the heat was not the campground’s fault, but shade would have really helped that issue.