We arrived 3 days early before the Taste of Blueridge Caravan to relax and see the local sites. We are staying at the Grumpy Bear Campground which sits on the Tuckaseegee River; unfortunately, our site is not along the river. This is a well-run campground with very nice bathrooms and laundry facilities. The spots are a bit cramped, but the river is great. Reserve early so you can get a spot along the river.

Sunday, we met Al and Linda from the caravan and went to Darnell Farm to buy fresh vegetables and other treats. What a great place to get good food and also to sit, relax and enjoy the river. The farm is literally right across the road from the campground.

The group then took the 2-mile bike ride into town. Bryson City is a very nice little town with lots of restaurants and a brewery. We enjoyed walking the town and having a drink at Bryson City Outdoors. NIce.

Monday, Pam booked a 90 minute session @ Lakeview at Fontana – Soaking Cabana. Wow, what a great setup. We enjoyed a very relaxing soak while having adult beverages. Very relaxing.

Tuesday, we rode our eBikes with Al and Linda to the “Road to Nowhere“. I have a blog post.

On Wednesday, the group went white water rafting starting out at the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC). It was a 3 hour experience (2 hours rafting) and we travelled about 8 miles down river. It was a Class 2 & 3 rapids. It was our guides first time taking a group down the river. We hit a few rocks and had had a blast. No one fell out and everyone had a great time. Pam wants to do it again but next time with class 4 rapids!

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