Sunday, June 8, 2008
Mount Airy, NC
Our big adventure begins as we arrive at the Bluegrass and Old Time Fiddler's Convention at the fairgrounds in Mount Airy on Wednesday afternoon, June 4th. We quickly got hooked up and settled in for several days of visiting with old friends, making new friends and, of course, playing lots of good ol' fiddle music until late into the night. Turnout this year seemed to be a bit less than previous years...probably due to the weather...no, not the usual rainstorms but it was just plain HOT! Most days, the high temperature hovered in the upper 90s to around 100 degrees with the humidity not far behind. Most of the jamming took place in the evenings and well into the night as the temperatures became more bearable. Regardless of the heat, I wouldn't trade these times for anything...good friends, good tunes and good laughs are what life is all about.
On Thursday afternoon, we decided to take a little side trip to see Pilot Mountain State Park for the first time. We have admired this unique mountain for many years as we've traveled back and forth on Hwy 52 between Winston-Salem NC and Mt Airy but have never taken the time to stop and view its beauty. Pilot Mountain stands 1,400 feet above the valley floor and has a 200' high knob at its peak. Am I ever happy that we weren't driving the RV up there. The road was steep and windy but the view was more than worth it (and it was only 93 degrees with a nice breeze up there...ahhh).
Sunday, June 8th. After four nights of playing music until the wee hours of the morning, we hit the road for the next leg of our adventure. We drove a whole 26 miles up to Deer Creek RV Resort in the mountains of Galax, VA. Other than a quick trip to the grocery store, we're going to relax for the rest the day before beginning a week of exploring this area. More to follow....