After our stay at Ramblin’ Pines, we drove from Maryland to North Carolina and stayed 1 night along the way at Cracker Barrel in Troutville, Virginia.
The great thing about boondocking in a Cracker Barrel parking lot is the delicious breakfast the next morning before we hit the road.
As we entered North Carolina we were greeted by those North Carolina mountains we have grown to love.
This time we were not headed to Moonshine Creek. We decided to try a campground that was between Asheville and Hickory. Our 2 week reservation at Buck Creek Campground in Marion, North Carolina was waiting for us!
This beautiful little campground located right on Buck Creek is only a 30 minute drive to the Asheville VA Medical Center. We wanted to visit some of our favorite people and places and make some VA medical appointments. We also scheduled Babe (our truck) for a recall at Taylor Ford in Waynesville.
Buck Creek Campground is arranged with most of the RV sites backed right up to the creek. It is a wide creek with 2 swimming holes to enjoy. The large open field in the center of the campground is used for flying remote controlled airplanes, dog walking and sometimes hitting golf balls. The creek behind our RV and the Mountain View in front made for an ideal camping situation. We were in site #44.
Campers could fish (catch and release) in Buck Creek.
Mark cannot pass up an opportunity to jump in a swimming hole! He said it was cold.
If Mark says it’s cold, then it is COLD, but it did not stop him from taking a dip in Buck Creek.
Buck Creek Campground is located in Marion, North Carolina, a cute little town with a motto: “Where Main Street Meets the Mountains.”
They also have an official animal: Big Foot, and they host an annual Big Foot Festival.
Some of our family, the Wachters, Voelbels, Baileys and Hagadorns were located nearby in Hickory, North Carolina, and we were invited to a few family gatherings. We enjoyed seeing everyone and celebrating Dave’s birthday.
They are a fun and friendly bunch!
They have such cute dogs!
The oldest and youngest members of the Wachter/Bailey family celebrated birthdays while we were in the area and we attended both celebrations. Adri’s birthday dinner was fun. We played her birthday game and ate some great food.
While in the area we spent one Saturday exploring Hickory and some surrounding towns. We visited the Conover Farmers Market and met some beekeepers, goat farmers and had some delicious coffee made by Kade’s Coffee Company (owned and operated by our above mentioned family.) We learned a little about beekeeping and the local area. We purchased some goat milk soap and discovered that some new baby goats will be born in January of this year! Amelia Acres Family Farm in Newton, North Carolina, welcomes volunteers to bottle feed their baby goats when the time comes… just sayin’ if anyone’s interested.
Our 2 weeks in North Carolina, flew by and we have plans to drive west to Oklahoma for a couple of weeks. Time to visit our Oklahoma family! From North Carolina to Shawnee, Oklahoma, is 900 miles but we decided NOT to tow Old Glory on this trip. We left our RV at Buck Creek in storage and will return for it at the end of October. We will fill you in on our Oklahoma family time next blog post, THEN we have some really big news…stay tuned!