I have always heard that fall in the Blue Ridge Mountains is a sight to behold, but being from Colorado I always took the attitude that altitude was better. It turns out I was wrong and the Blue Ridge Mountains really are a sight to behold in the fall. Kate’s family has been coming to this area for decades to hike up Peaks of Otter and remember family and friends. This year Kate and I were able to join them and got a few photos.
What a strange name right? Apparently there have never actually been Otters in this area. The names likely come from Scottish settlers in the 1700’s who named the places after their homeland. Here is the wikipedia page talking about the Peaks of Otter. We hiked up the second highest one called Sharp top cause guess why? The rocks on top are sharp and stuff.
Abbott Lake at Peaks of Otter Lodge
At the foot of Sharp Top is the visitor center and next to that is Abbott Lake and the Lodge. At the Lodge on Thursday through Sunday night you might catch some live local bluegrass musicians, highly recommended.
There is a huge field of grass next to the lake and visitor’s center so we had Photos with Grass on the grass! Its an agronomists delight!
Campground Info and Map
There are 52 RV spots in this campground. They are not the most level and there is no hookups. They do have dump stations and potable water available but not at any of the individual sites. It was pretty chilly when we were there so make sure your propane is filled up too.
The drive into the camp is narrow and winding. If you take the 43 from west of Bedford it gets pretty hairy in places with less than no shoulder on some turns. I would advise not taking that route if possible.
PEAKS OF OTTER CAMPGROUND
10454 Peaks Road
Bedford, VA 24523
Phone Number: (540)586-7321 Website for Peaks of Otter Campground
One word for this campground: beautiful
Seriously this place is nothing but beauty everywhere you go. The first day we arrived we were greeted with a pretty solid downpour that flooded our campground. Another advantage of being in an RV is that even if there is standing water you are still dry and with a 20 foot wide awning you can sit under a strong storm comfortably.
First Campground with Dazey
After picking up our newest family member, Dazey, in Asheboro we went straight to this campground. Nothing like trial by fire right? The good news is that she felt at home in the trailer right away and enjoyed running around camp on her leash. She is a camping dog at heart and is ready to rock and roll.
Short drive to Raleigh
The lake is just 20 miles from Raleigh, NC where we drove in for a cheeseless pizza at Trophy Brewing Co.
Hanging out with family
While there was some cell phone connection at the lake it wasn’t strong which meant we couldn’t watch any video. Perfect for hanging out with family and catching up on stories or taking photos by the lake.
Homey at Apex
If you need any hardware supplies there is a Home Depot about 9 miles down the road:
Jordan Lake Campground Info
We stayed Monday till Thursday and the park was pretty much empty. By Thursday it started filling up though and the weekends are pretty packed when the temperatures are warm here. If you can avoid the weekends.
$25 per night
Register at the main ranger station.
Tons of sites, many with electric and water hookups.
Dump station at the entrance of the campground. Multiple drains with rinse water.
(919) 362-0586 firstname.lastname@example.org
280 State Park Road, Apex, NC 27523
GPS: 35.7369, -79.0169 Website – http://ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/jord/main.php
Sunrise and sunset
And here they are, your moments of zen…
Our campsite was all of 30 feet from the lake’s edge. So I was able to stroll easily down and get some nice photos of the sunrise and sunset on the water.
On our way to see family in Raleigh, NC we spent a night at a Harvest Host member farm in northern North Carolina. After a quick stop at a nearby RV park for fresh water we made our way to the Sanders Ridge Vineyards where they had us park a few hundred feet from the restaurant building in a field adjacent to their vinyards as you can see in the main photo for this post above.
Sanders Ridge is a family owned and operated vineyard with a variety of wines to choose from. We naturally sampled all ten that were currently available. They were all tasty and unique wines and following the Harvest Host recommendation we purchased a few bottles for future consumption.
However since we didn’t have far to walk to get home we went ahead and enjoyed a bottle on their deck while a light rain fell around us.
They also have a 15 line zip-line setup which we will definitely be back to experience but this trip we didn’t have a lot of time and headed out the next morning.
Even if you aren’t RVing Sander’s is worth stopping for. The wines are delicious and they have a gourmet restaurant on site. When we went they were having a painting course for about 15 participants.
You can blame Technomadia and Gone with the Wynns for todays post. It was their fault for letting us know about this amazing nationwide system pairing RVers with farmers. Kate found a winery in Iowa that was on our way to Chicago so we made the move and stopped at Cedar Valley Winery for the night.
We rolled in a bit late but Pam Miller was happy to welcome us to their property and even let us fill up our water tank. We happily tasted some of their award winning wines and bought a bottle of:
Dry medium-bodied red wine with a fruity aroma and cherry and earthy/spicy complexities. Our Chambourcin is aged in handcrafted white oak barrels from Missouri. Chambourcin is a French-American interspecific hybrid grape variety that produces a deep-colored wine with a full aromatic flavor. Chambourcin is often served with red meats, tomato based sauces, mild cheese and dark chocolate (or desserts made from the chocolate), as the flavors of the wine and chocolate intermingle exceptionally well.
Silver Medal – 2013 Iowa State Fair Commercial Wine Competition
We have been in Nebraska since Monday. Just wanted to make a quick checkin to let you know we are still Rolling strong including Zeke.
Hanging with the big boys, well kinda.
Fun night photos with Zeke and camp near Omaha, NE
Roger: I have to admit that I have missed Colorado a lot. I grew up in the mountains close to a place called Vail, it was a rough childhood. I went to university in Boulder and then moved to Arizona after graduating in 2000. All of my family have left the state but a few friends are scattered here and there.
When Kate and I met we started travelling to Colorado and then her friend, and mine, Jen moved to Fort Collins giving us a perfect excuse to visit and drink local beer. Jen recently bought a home in the small town of Loveland which is south of Fort Collins by 20 minutes or so. I always knew Loveland existed as a point on a map but had never visited. Since Jen has a big enough driveway to fit our trailer we accepted her invitation to visit for as long as we like.
Loveland is a lovely town. So far we have been able to walk to numerous shops, restaurants, and bars very easily. Henry’s has great dinner options including a vegan burger and curry and fried pickles. The Coffee Tree has good coffee and bagels, but no hummus. If you want a beer and some good company Burk’s Tavern has you covered.