Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Early Spring in Blowing Rock

A couple of months ago Mom suggested we take a trip to Blowing Rock, North Carolina, where she used to live. We had not been in a couple of years, so we planned our trip for Easter weekend. We took Mom by her erstwhile home, which is now the local chamber of commerce. We were the last family to inhabit it and made many happy family memories there. It was built by Grover Robbins, who founded Tweetsie Railroad.
Blowing Rock is small enough so that you can get around downtown easily on foot, and one tends to do a lot of walking there. Joey and Jake were able to make this trip with us, and it was their first time in Blowing Rock, so we suggested they hike the Glen Burney trail to see the waterfalls since the trailhead is very convenient to downtown. They were not disappointed.
We arrived on Good Friday around lunch time, and ate lunch at Woodlands Barbeque, a local favorite.
Saturday morning was a bit chilly in the mountains, so we took a little auto tour to Moses Cone Memorial Park and its Flat Top Manor, pictured above, and to Julian Price Memorial Park, where I used to camp in my youth. Both are convenient to Blowing Rock on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
We stayed at Meadowbrook Inn, which has an indoor pool and hot tub. The kids enjoyed these facilities immensely, and we grown-ups took advantage of them, too. Except for Mom, who is allergic to water.
The best part of the trip for me was hanging out for a few hours with my friends Tracey and Gregg, who came up from nearby Lenoir. We've known each other since we were in our early twenties, and we've had a lot of fun up in those mountains over the years.