We spent a few hours in Mount Airy, the hometown of Andy Griffith. We took the Patrol Car Tour around town. Our driver was a huge Andy Griffith fan and even bought a house that was owned by Andy’s grandparents. We saw the local Quarry and drove around the city. We saw the house Andy grew up in (which you can stay at). The cars are all Ford Galaxies. The fleet consists of a 1961, ’62, ’63, ’64, ’65, and ’67 models.
On Friday, we visited a couple wineries along with Dick, Becky & Victoria.
First, we visited Shelton Vineyards in Dobson, NC. Very nice tasting experience. This is a large operation, and they were hosting a concert in the evening. We were able to taste 5 2oz classes of wine for $20. The presentation was fantastic, and the outside seating was very nice. Highly recommend.
Second, we visited Stony Knoll Vinyards also in Dobson. This is a family run farm. We visited with the owner who told us the history of how this farm has been in the family for over 100 years and has transitioned over the decades from tobacco to other cash crops to grapes. Highly engaging. Pam had a glass of Rose she did not love (it happens). Dick and Becky shared a flight of 6 red wines that they enjoyed. Victoria has a flight of 3 “Reserve” wines she loved. Another great setting.
The trail is a downhill biking trail suitable for almost any age. The elevation at Whitetop Station is 3500 feet (1.07 km), descending to about 1900 feet (0.58 km) in Damascus. The ride from White Top Station to Damascus is about 17 miles (27.36 km).
After the ride, some of us had lunch at the Wicked Chicken. Nice outdoor dining with great wings and cold beer.
On Tuesday, a group of us revisited Grand Father Mountain and the Swinging Bridge. What a difference a few days makes. It was sunny and warm.
Pam, Celeste and I then decided to take the Grandfather Trail to MacRae Peak. It was a 0.9 mile hike to the peak with some challenging climbing up rocks and ladders. We lost count, but there were at least 8 ladders. What a fantastic and challenging hike. The views from the top were amazing.
Doug on our Caravan organized a great 5.2 mile hike at the Julian Price Memorial Park: Boone Fork Trail. Just Gorgeous. We had 12 People and 2 dogs. We had a great time. T
Epic hike! Took us 3 hours & 45 minutes to complete. Went clockwise through the campgrounds first. Beautiful, well-maintained, well-marked trail with small water crossings, stairs, and rock scrambles to navigate. It was challenging but doable. Hiking poles were helpful.