First stop ~ the luscious mountains of Western North Carolina. My stepmom has some amazing luxury rental cabins on the lakefront On Lake Glenville near Cashiers, NC. Albeit there are spats of rain, you can generally get out on the lake throughout the day and go tubing, water skiing, canoeing or go for hikes to one of the many beautiful waterfalls nearby!
For me, the moment I hit the NC border, I feel a weight lift off my shoulders. The feeling of lightness seeps in evermore as I drive along Scenic Highway 11, passed the fingers of Lake Jocassee and then a right turn onto Hwy 130. From there, the road gets windy and my heart feels freer. At this elevation, the air is vibrant with the rich smell of ozone, damp forests and sweet flowers. Yes, I absolutely love it here!
We managed to get the local volunteer firefighters at the base of Lake Glenville to allow us to store the camper with them. Quite an adventure parking as I had to pull up alongside the building and back in to my assigned parking spot. In mid-turn, the firefighters disappeared and all at once all the garage doors shot open. Of all the moments to be backing into a spot, I choose a “911”. I had to edge out to the road a bit and they all took off in fury of flashing red lights and blaring horns. So sad. They missed my most excellent extreme distance back-in.
Finally arrive at the cabin with an eager niece, Margaux, ready to take to the lake for some tubing. It had been raining all day, but cleared up by 6 for a beautiful spin around the lake. Excellent time spent chatting late into the night with my family as fireflies lit up around us. Ahhh…happiness!