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Loafing in the Virginia Highlands

We’re doing nearly nothing at Virginia Highland Haven Airstream Park. Arrived Tuesday, four days ago. We’ve taken several great walks including to the waterfall at the property’s western edge — the water is running great, really pretty.

Our location in beautiful Virginia Highlands

Our location in beautiful Virginia Highlands

Sorry we took no camera — nor a whistle, nor compass, nor first aid kit, nor water, nor phone, nor did we think to tell anyone where we were going. We did carry a can of bear spray, highly recommended locally for walks most anywhere out here. Saw lots of deer track but no paw prints anywhere. We weren’t disappointed by this.

Jim assembled and raised Debbie’s Eagle-1 31′ vertical antenna yesterday. It’s atop the trailer, making it 40′ tall. Newly configured with a really dandy setup with an auto-coupler that gets its dc voltage through the coaxial cable. Working well, looks superb. If you have any questions, just email or call.

We went to Floyd last night for dinner at Mickey G’s Bistro and music outside the Floyd Country Store.

Dinner at Mickey G’s was good and very reasonable prices. Service was attentive and competent, food was wonderful, and the restaurant is small and busy on Friday night. Eat outside if you can, there is more room under the patio roof than inside. We tried the baked pasta sampler and a Greek salad. Both were excellent — the salad was perfect and all three items on the sampler were delicious.

We didn’t listen to music inside the store — the music on the sidewalk across the street was clearly superior — three men, playing a banjo, acoustic bass, and guitar and all three very good singers. They kept a rapt audience of 75-100 people with three to five folks dancing many of the songs. We enjoyed their music.

Today we really did nothing — no walks, no out-of-doors projects. Debbie fixed dinner for company and afterward we watched a movie together in the club house, Trail of the Lonesome Pine. Neat movie with historic significance — the first movie shot on location in three strip Technicolor (1934), and starred Fred MacMurray, Henry Fonda, and Silvia Sydney.

The weather has been cool and wet until today, when it was cool and sunny. A welcome change, and we may have a couple more such days before we head back toward Charlotte.

See you down the road!
Jim and Debbie

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Cable TV and Camping in state parks

We left Okeechobee FL this morning, heading north. Not very far north, we are forty-five minutes above Jacksonville FL at Crooked River State Park in St Marys GA. We’ve camped here a couple times previously and thought we knew what to expect. So we were very surprised to learn we would tonight be watching the NCAA sweet sixteen game between UNC and Marquette on cable tv. I mean, how many times will we run into cablevision in a state park?

All we needed was broadcast reception for any CBS affiliate so we had checked out a Jacksonville FL and an Atlanta GA CBS station, hoping they would get their digital signals into this small coastal community somehow. Debbie asked the state park volunteer, as we were checking in, “Can we pick up CBS here?”

The park volunteer responded, “We have cablevision.”

Debbie thought she meant the park hosts have cable and maybe don’t know what other campers do or don’t have. I felt like the woman was telling us the sites have cable. We asked, “You mean the sites have cablevision?” And the answer, so cool for us, is yes.

Two years ago we were through here and staked out a seat at Trolley’s downtown St Marys for the Tarheels game in NCAA tournament. Gosh, maybe we should have asked about cablevision then? We’re sitting in front of the television now watching early minutes of the Tarheels against Marquette’s Golden Eagles. It’s going well so far, we can only hope.

Our friends know we rarely even unpack our television and then usually just to watch a movie. And then to be able to hook up to cablevision for this NCAA sweet sixteen game?

This is as great as it is unusual. Who’d of thought we’d find cablevision in a state park? And to have it for this sweet sixteen game? Oh yeah, Go Tarheels!

Jim and Debbie

P.S. Sorry about the dookies against Arizona yesterday, huge loss. We’re hoping for better for us tonight.

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