When I set up the budget for traveling full time in our Airstream, I should have added a category for Replacing Broken Stuff. Living in a confined space seems to put our stuff at greater risk. Since we left Florida, I dropped my iPad and broke the glass ($178 for repair), we broke various dishes when the pop up counter in the Airstream was not properly latched (we won’t make that mistake again) and just this week I broke the cellphone booster antenna when opening the awning. To get better Internet reception, I had the antenna gerry-rigged on top of the Airstream’s TV antenna and the cable wrapped around a part of the awning’s hardware. This morning, I ordered a new and better antenna from Amazon. It will be shipped General Delivery to the Post Office near our next stop.
We leave Linville Falls for Stone Mountain State Park, Sunday May 25, 2014.
The Blue Ridge Parkway between Linville Falls and Stone Mtn SP is not as dramatic as what we’ve seen further south. I’m able to tow at the 45 mph speed limit for much of the trip so we make the 90 mile drive to Stone Mtn in good time. We arrive around 3:00 and check in at the visitor’s center. There’s a No Vacancy sign as we enter so it’s a good thing we have reservations. Like Linville Falls, Stone Mtn CG is full of families, kids and dogs for Memorial Day Weekend. Eddie barks at all the dogs and kids as they pass by our campsite. Trixie simply wags her tail. Unlike Eddie, she loves all other dogs and kids.
Months back when making a reservation for Stone Mountain State Park, I was only able to get Sunday onward for Memorial Day Weekend. Even so, I was able to reserve a primo site that faces a babbling brook that runs through the CG.
Stone Mountain State Park Campground Review
Stone Mountain State Park is in North Carolina just off the Blue Ridge Parkway at mm 230. It has a mountain that looks like a smaller version of Georgia’s Stone Mountain near Atlanta. We haven’t seen the mountain yet. You have to hike to it which we plan to do in the next day or so.
The campground is split into multiple loops, one of which has 50 amp electric and water hookups. No sewer hookups are available but there is a dump station on exit. Sites are spacious and most are level. Streets and RV parking spots are paved. The pad areas are a fine gravel with a fire ring and picnic table. Verizon service is spotty and AT&T is non-existent. Bathhouses are very clean and offer hot showers but no laundry facilities. The nearest laundry and full service grocery store are in Elkin NC, about 15 miles away.
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