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The PEZ Cube on the Tail of the Dragon

We try and take the backroads when traveling as much as possible. Sometimes we get lucky and drive famous stretches such as the Tail of the Dragon, US-129 near Deals Gap, North Carolina. Bonus! is there most days to capture photos of your drive.

Checking Out Tuner Evolution in Charlotte, North Carolina

We took a little road trip to Charlotte, North Carolina to snap a few photos of the cars at Tuner Evolution. The Park Expo Center was crazy hot and we were sweating our butts off. The show was much smaller than we expected but the quality of the cars was excellent which made up for all the other issues. We would rate the Tuner Evolution Charlotte show as good but not great.

Cataloochee in the Summer

One must see place if you visit Western North Carolina is Cataloochee. Cataloochee is located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is well known for the elk that often roam there. If you get there at sunrise, you are almost guaranteed to see a few.

The fog is normally thick so be careful when driving. We have seen all sorts of critters on our trips but we always come to see the elk.

It's a beautiful area. Share it with friends.

Touring New Belgium Brewing in Asheville, NC

Road trips and beer only go together if you have a designated driver. Luckily, Peg does not like beer so she would assume the driver's seat after this adventure. Off to New Belgium Brewing in Asheville, North Carolina we went for a tour of the facility and a visit to the tasting room.

Playing Games at the Asheville Pinball Museum

Our friend, Kate, was visiting with us so we thought we would show her around our area. We knew that she liked pinball machines and we had the perfect place for her. It just so happens that Asheville has a great little pinball museum!

Road Trip to the North Carolina Arboretum

There are so many places in Western North Carolina to enjoy the outdoors. We all piled into the car early in the morning and headed towards the North Carolina Arboretum to see what they had to offer.

Visiting Saluda, North Carolina

We took a little road trip to Saluda, North Carolina to check out the town.  Saluda is famous for being at the crest of the Saluda Grade, the steepest mainline standard-gauge track in the eastern United States. Rail traffic was suspended in December of 2001 but Norfolk Southern does not plan to abandon the rails and still maintains the line.

A Quick Drive Through Biltmore Sunflowers

The sunflowers are blooming!  The drive to Antler Hill Village at Biltmore Estate is lined with sunflowers in July.  A bike path makes it easy for you to get out and safely enjoy the view of thousands of sunflowers.

Biltmore Summer Flowers and Garden Trains

Off to the Biltmore Estate we go to enjoy the Summer flowers and the garden train. There is always something in bloom at our favorite spot in Asheville, North Carolina and today as a bonus we were going to explore the Vanderbilt Travels Railway.

Apple Valley Model Railroad Club Open House

It has been 25 years since the Apple Valley Model Railroad Club set up shop in the Historic 1902 Southern Railway Railroad Depot in Hendersonville, NC. We took the opportunity to visit with them during their recent open house. They run a very nice HO layout inside as well as a large scale garden layout outside at the train station.

Our Journey with Dorothy to the Land of Oz

We're off to see the Wizard! A road trip to Beech Mountain, NC. The Beech Mountain Resort is home to the former Land of OZ amusement park. Our visit was 47 years and 1 day since the park originally opened on June 15, 1970. The amusement park closed at the end of 1980. By 1985, the Emerald City was demolished. Sadly there isn't much left to see but with some imagination you can make the Land of Oz live again!

22nd Annual Ole Smoky Spring Farm Fest

I took a quick lap around Ole Smoky Antique Tractor & Engine Association's show field during the 22nd Annual Ole Smoky Spring Farm Fest at the Haywood County fairgrounds in Clyde, NC. There were a good mix of antique tractors and a few old trucks. It was a nice way to spend a Saturday morning.

Looking Glass Falls

I am not sure how many times we have been to Looking Glass Falls but it is quite a few. Mostly because it is so easy to access.  Situated right next to the road you don't even need to walk to view it. But, climb done the stairs for an even better view.

Road Trip to PARI

We are always looking for things to do in western North Carolina. We had driven by the sign for the Pisgah Astronomical Research Center (PARI) several times and today we decided to tour the facility. PARI used to be the east coast satellite and manned space flight communications station for NASA back in the 1960's and 1970's. In 1981 the Rosman Tracking Station facility was turned over to the Department of Defense for satellite data collection. The facility was closed in 1995. PARI purchased the 200-acre campus in 1999.

Have You Been to the Blowing Rock?

Did you know there is actually a blowing rock in the town of Blowing Rock, North Carolina? The attraction was opened in 1933. They say if you cast small objects off of it on a windy day they will get blown right back to you. It has to do with the way the wind is channeled through the bluffs around it.  It wasn't windy enough for us to try on the day of our visit but we still enjoyed the views from the walkways and observation platform.

Grandfather Mountain Road Trip

Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina is a magical place. It can be beautiful and terrifying all at the same time. Grandfather Mountain is probably most famous for its "Mile High Suspension Bridge".  If you are scared of heights it can be most intimidating to cross the swaying bridge.  On our trip the winds, 30 mph gusting to 45, were making the bridge sing! We giggled so hard as we tried just to stand up straight.

A Trip to Graveyard Fields and Lower Falls

We had some time to kill so we drove the Blue Ridge Parkway to visit Graveyard Fields and the Lower Falls.  Contrary to the name there is no graveyard here. The area was named after the area was clear-cut for logging and all the tree stumps resembled tombstones. Gaining access to the Lower Falls is easy as long as you don't mind stairs. The trail is mostly paved with a good number of well maintained stairs and a short bridge.  The area is very beautiful and worth a stop.

Shelby's City Park Carrousel - Road Trip

We often drive down the "Business" designations of  routes to see where roads used to go before bypassing towns.  Our road trip down U.S. Route 74 (BUS) in Shelby, North Carolina led us to discovering the carrousel at Shelby's City Park.

Biltmore Blooms

Springtime is a wonderful time of the year to visit Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. From March through May Biltmore holds what they call "Biltmore Blooms".  It is a variety of blooming flowers and special events to welcome in Spring. The estate's grounds crew changes out the flowers of the Walled Garden constantly so there is always something new to see. The perennials of the walking gardens also have various blooms throughout the season. If you live within a couple of hours of Biltmore, a season pass is the best way to enjoy the blooms. That way you can comeback multiple times and save a bundle off the regular admission price. Living less than an hour away, we visit just about every other weekend in Spring. Here are just a few of our favorite photos from this year's Biltmore Blooms.