After saying good-bye to the cousins in Georgia, it was time to head to the mountains of Franklin, North Carolina for the RV Quilters (facebook group) SEW2GETHER (a.k.a. Rally)! Tom was not too excited, but I had been looking forward to this all year! It was being held at an RV Resort we’ve stayed at before – The Great Outdoors – it’s a beautiful park, and we really enjoy staying it there.
Although Tom doesn’t like the entrance driveway too much – straight up the mountain!
We took State Hwy 441 from Madison, around Athens, past Tallulah Gorge and through the north Georgia mountains. It was a beautiful day for a drive,
with just a little sprinkle of rain, right as we crossed into North Carolina (seriously, no rain at all for the entire drive, except for that sprinkle right as I was taking the picture of the North Carolina sign!).
We arrived at the Great Outdoors and got set up on site 66, a highly coveted site at the end of the top row. I guess we’re special!!
The SEW2GETHER didn’t officially start until Sunday afternoon, so we took advantage of the free day on Saturday to take a drive up into the mountains, to the little town of Highlands.
Before heading out, we drove up to the RV sites above us on the mountainside. These aren’t part of the RV Resort, but look like they were originally part of the same development plan.
We had a nice view of the RV Resort below – my first view of our roof!
There was heavy rain coming in later in the afternoon, but it was still clear when we headed up the mountain. It’s steep and winding road – lots of fun!
We drove alongside the river as it flowed down the mountain.
We reached the first small waterfall, and stopped for a couple pictures.
Tom climbing on the rocks.
One more shot without the photo-bombers.
Continuing on a little further, we reached Dry Falls – an odd name for it, considering the amount of water flowing over the falls!
It was a busy place that Saturday, and we had to wait for somebody to leave to get a parking spot!
The view from the first overlook,
and from a little further down the trail.
It’s just a short easy (although a little slippery with the spray from the falls) walk down to the falls, and where you can get behind them.
We were getting pretty wet in that second shot, so didn’t stay there too long!
Looking down the river from behind the falls – that’s a lot of water!
I made Tom go back for one more picture! lol
We didn’t hang around too long, since there were still people waiting for parking spots, and continued on the Highlands.
We stopped at the dam for a picture of the lake.
Highlands is a cute little resort town with several nice restaurants and lots of shops. They have a Kilwin’s (a Michigan favorite for chocolate and ice cream!), my favorite Spice and Tea Shop, and Colonel Mustard’s – a jelly and dip shop that has samples out of EVERYTHING! Tom loves that one! We had lunch at the little pizzeria, and while we ate, the rain caught up to us, so we had to dodge the downpours as we went from shop to shop.
Our plan had been to drive down the other side of the mountain to Dillard, GA, but since it was pouring (and not expected to stop for the rest of the day), we just went back to Franklin the same way we had gone up – a little slower and more carefully, though!
It was a nice day, and we enjoyed out little excursion to Highlands.