Stone Mountain State Park Empties Out – Monday, May 26, 2014
It’s laundry day so we head into Elkin NC, about 15 miles away. It’s a scenic and interesting drive from Stone Mountain. The Blue Ridge Parkway can get monotonous after a while so it’s nice to see farms, houses and commercial establishments for a change. Elkin is a nice town. It’s right on the Interstate and is big enough to have many of the large chain stores. The historic town center is vibrant and many of the local businesses are open on this Memorial Day.
We can’t find the laundromat despite our truck’s GPS, iPads, iPhones, Google Maps, Yelp, and so on. We do find a locally-owned butcher shop that’s doing a brisk business. Cindy goes in to check it out and ask for directions. The owner/butcher comes out from the back and introduces himself. The selection of meats is quite extensive. Cindy gets directions and we decide to return here for a few items on our shopping list before heading back.
We finish our errands and stop back by the butcher for ground beef, chicken and homemade breakfast sausage patties. This last item was not on our list but we couldn’t resist. On the drive back to Stone Mountain, we pass quite a few RVs heading in the opposite direction. I guess most of the campers have to go back to work tomorrow. We get back to the campground and discover we have the entire place pretty much to ourselves. Oh how I love the work-week!
Eddie Sprains his Leg – Tuesday May 27, 2014
Eddie’s limping this morning. He’s favoring his left front leg and I have to lift him down out of the Airstream. We can’t find any sign of injury, no burrs between his paw pads nor swelling. He’s eating well and seems OK otherwise. We’ll keep an eye on him and put our hiking plans on hold for the time being.
Ice Cream Day – Wednesday May 28, 2014
The Stone Mountain campground is surrounded by mountains on all sides causing cell service to be spotty at best. Without the antenna for our cellphone booster, we’re unable to access the Internet. On the way to Elkin Monday, we passed an old-time Country Store a couple of miles outside the park. There’s a homemade sign advertising hand-scooped Mayfield ice cream. I also noticed 3 bars of 3G cell service as we drove by. So our big plan for today is: Head to the Country Store to eat ice cream and get on the Internet. Besides, with Eddie’s bum leg, there’s not much else we can do.
This place is a real gem. I thought it would be touristy but it reminds me a lot of the old country stores in the farming communities around Raleigh NC back in the 1960s. My dad and I would stop in on cold winter days for a lunch of Vienna sausages and soda crackers while out on quail hunts. Just like the real thing, this place is dark inside. There’s few windows and the lighting is subdued. The walls, floor and ceiling are darken pine wood as are the shelves containing a little bit of everything. There’s an old Coca Cola cooler with a lift up lid containing bottled soft drinks. You have to read the bottle caps to find your favorite. We forgo the Vienna sausages and order ice cream cones. I have butter pecan and Cindy gets mint chocolate chip.
We grab T&E from the truck and sit in rocking chairs on the porch as we eat our ice cream and check email. Trixie begs Cindy for a bite while Eddie lays on the porch like a an old hunting dog. You’d think he was getting into this lazy country life but I suspect his leg is still bothering him.
I need to upload a large video file for a blog post so out of habit, I check for an available wifi connection other than our own. To my amazement, the Country Store has wifi! So much for historic authenticity but a little modern convenience never hurts.by