You can tell by both the mountains and the weather that we are getting close to our next stop on our drive home from Florida. We are staying at the Fancy Gap/Blue Ridge Parkway KOA.
Fancy Gap KOA is minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway. I-77 makes a six-mile hill-climb of over 1,500 feet. There is a third northbound truck-climbing lane. Our Big Boy 3500 Diesel, Dually Truck climbs this hill with no problems at all. The top of the climb on I-77 is a summit called Fancy Gap, and is over 3,100 feet elevation.
Picture #1 shows the three lanes
Pictures #2 & #3 show we are getting closer to the mountains.
When we arrived at the campground, we were met outside by one of their very friendly park staff where we were given our packet of information. I did not have to get out of the truck. They brought our packet to our truck. Another park staff escorted us to our site.
The sites here are spacious. We are in a pull-thru with a picnic table and firepit. The section of our gravel site that our 5th wheel is parked on is fairly level. The road getting to our site is an uphill climb. Right beyond the level section where the truck is parked, it slopes a lot. But we have a 43.5 ft long rig so if we can fit and get level, most other RVs can too. I wonder if a motorhome pulling a toad would have difficulty. I would think they would need to unhook their toad and park the toad in front of their motorhome. When we first started to look at RV’s 15 some years ago, we were hell bent on buying a motorhome and pulling a trailer behind it. Over the years when they came out with 5th wheel toy haulers, we changed our minds and got a 5th wheel. I’m glad we did. I love our set-up.
We are very close to the camp store. I can see it from my window. I walked down yesterday to get Hubby some pop. They had an ice cream case so I got him a little treat.
I took this picture from the front of the store. As you can see, it is a very short walk.
I bought myself a present. It is a USB tiki light. Is it also a Bluetooth Speaker. I also bought myself a “Dog Mom” ball cap.
This park has cute little cabins. The camp store has a bunch of really neat novelty items. I could have gone crazy in there so I paid for my stuff and booked out of there.
The park Cable TV is not working and the antenna stations come in and go out so we have to stream Netflix or other Streaming options. Without the TV on, it is very quiet in the RV. Sometimes I think we have the TV on for noise. Cable TV is a must here because we are in the mountains away from any large cities so I would imagine the TV reception using the antenna would be questionable.
One thing I feel I need to mention is how bad I95 through South Carolina is. Come on South Carolina? What is up with that? What are you doing with your road money? The minute we crossed the Georgia/South Carolina line, it felt like we were riding on a railroad track. Totally disgusting. Everything inside of our 5th wheel was tossed around like a rag doll in a tornado.
The sun was shining and the temps were in the high 60s so we packed up the pups and took a ride on the Blue Ridge.
We stopped at the overlook at High Piney Spur.
BooBoo let us know he needed to take a bathroom break.
While Hubby was walking BooBoo, I took some awesome pictures from the Overlook. As many times as I have been on the Blue Ridge Parkway, each time the views are breathtaking.
Bridges, dogwood trees in bloom and just a very nice ride today on the Parkway.
KOA currently has three different types of campgrounds that fall under the Kampgrounds of America brand. These campground types are KOA Journey, KOA Holiday, and KOA Resort. This KOA is a Journey. Journey KOAs are normally close to interstates and are perfect for passing through. I like staying at KOAs. They are a little pricey but I’ve had very good luck with KOA campgrounds.
We leave this area tomorrow. Our next stop is in West Virginia for three nights. Then we will be on the last leg of our drive home. I can’t wait to go home to see my family, then I can’t wait to go out west, I’m looking forward to our stay this coming winter months at Oak Alley in Florida. I feel blessed to be able to live the life I am living.
God Bless, Stay Safe, Be Kind to Every Kind and when you find a camp store with many cute items, don’t spend all of your money.