LOCATION: Wilkesboro, North Carolina
WEATHER: Cool in mountains; hot in valley
CAMPGROUND: Fort Hamby Army Corps of Engineers. On W. Kerr Scott Lake reservoir. Nice pull-through site. Very woodsy. Water and electricity (50 amp) at site. Central dump station. Nice bathrooms. $12/night with senior pass. 4 stars out of 5.
After a good-bye breakfast with our daughter in Asheville, we packed up and hit the road again. We could have taken a speedy Interstate route to Wilkesboro, but since we were in no rush, we took the backroads through the mountains.
It was a very pleasant drive – probably outstandingly beautiful in the autumn. We passed through mountain towns with ski resorts and BBQ joints. Years ago, we used to come to this area to stay in George’s brother’s mountain cabin and we did things like gem-mining and trout fishing with our young daughters. Driving by them today brought back fond memories. Climbing to 4000 feet, our gas mileage was nothing to brag about…:-(.
After about 4 hours, we arrived here at Fort Hamby. Since it is pull-through site, set-up was easy and fast.
We drove around the dam and park, then into town to try to get George’s phone to work again. No luck. While in Wilkesboro, we saw this huge sink hole next to a Taco Bell. It looks like it happened quite recently.
There were lots of people out on the lake, on pontoon boats, jet skis, and ski boats. Looks fun!
DINNER: George grilled some chicken breasts, and I invented a casserole with the chicken, broccoli, fresh basil, and mozzarella cheese. Surprisingly good!