A day in the life of a …

… Tourist!

Yeah!   Today, I finally got internet in the camper!  We were able to get set up on a no-contract basis which works great for us since we’re only going to be here until October. The WiFi here at the campground doesn’t work that great.  I also got my phone working.

Last week, Assurion, the phone insurance company, sent me a replacement phone because the audio on my previous one wasn’t working.  No one could hear me and my voice commands weren’t working. I took the new phone and my current phone to the local Verizon store to have them set it up for me so I wouldn’t lose anything.   I thought it was fine but later no one could hear me again. I’m not sure they set it up right.  So today, I spent about 2 hours on the phone with Verizon. They got everything I had on my phone saved to the Verizon cloud. Then she helped me do a factory reset and afterward pull in everything I wanted from the cloud and put it on this replacement phone. She stayed on the phone while I called someone to make sure they could hear me, which they could,  then she had me do a voice command which also worked.  The Verizon tech was very good and friendly. I enjoyed talking with her. We learned a lot about each other.

Anyway,  this is a A day in the life of…A tourist.  So, here’s what’s been happening.

If you remember, we are work camping in Hillsville, Virginia.  Last week we had some friends from Milton Florida stay in the bungalow here at the Lake Ridge RV Resort campground where we’re working. They were passing through on their way to Maine.  We were able to have dinner with them the evening they arrived. Hillsville Virginia is really close to North Carolina so the next day we went to Mt. Airy, North Carolina… the Mt. Airy of the Andy Griffith show and where Andy Griffith grew up.  It was fun. We visited the Mt. Airy museum and learned about the area.  We saw Floyd’s barber shop and had lunch at Snappy Lunch. snappy lunch

floyds barber shop

Floyd’s barber shop was probably the inspiration for Floyd’s barber shop in the Andy Griffith show but it didn’t look exactly the same as the one in the show. This one had 4 barber chairs where Floyd’s on the show only has one. But, Andy Griffith did get his hair cut there when he lived there.

Snappy Lunch claims the pork chop sandwich as their specialty. The cook grills them in the window front so passers-by can see him cook.  We were told this restaurant was mentioned in two of the early Andy Griffith episodes.   After walking around the downtown area, we decided to go visit Pilot Mountain.  In the series, they call it Mount Pilot. The real name is Pilot Mountain.  It’s reported to be the most recognizable mountain in North Carolina.  Looking at it, you see a lot of trees and then it looks like a stone cylinder shot up through the middle and is sticking out over the trees.  Very unique looking.    As far as I know, there’s no way to get all the way to the top, but we were able to go up pretty high and we had an awesome view. I think we could see 2 or 3 states.

pilot mountain This was last week.  Then yesterday, I got to go to Bristol Virginia/Tennessee. My daughter in law has a very thoughtful, gracious, wonderful mother.  We just happen to have the same grandchildren.  That’s how it works – her daughter, my son. Anyway, she had the 3 granddaughters visiting with her and she called and asked if I would like to meet them in Bristol Virginia/Tennessee and go to the  Birthplace of Country Music Museum and the Bristol Caverns.  I, of course, said yes.  We met there and spent the day touring the museum, eating lunch and then exploring the Bristol Caverns.  birthplace of country music museum The museum is in Virginia and the Caverns are in Tennessee.   The dividing state line is in the city which is why I wrote Virginia/Tennessee.  The museum was in Virginia and the caverns are in Tennessee.   The County Music Museum exceeded our expectations.  It was really nice and there is so much to do there.  If you get to the  Bristol area, be sure to check it out. It is so worth it. There is a charge to get in.  If I remember it right, it was around $12/person and less for children.

The girls hadn’t visited a cavern before so they really enjoyed that.   So nice that we got to do this.  We are going to plan a few more trips before we move on from this area so I’m sure I’ll have more to write about in future blog posts.

Until next time….





A  Day In The Life Of…

… A Work Camper/ Blogger severely feeling the lack of  Internet Service

I haven’t been able to post anything for several days now and it’s been VERY Frustrating! The campground supposedly has WIFI but it hasn’t worked much since we’ve been here.   For the last couple years, we’ve had internet service so we didn’t rely much on our Verizon Data plan. We were barely using what our plan covered. We even reduced the data on our plan.  A few days ago, I had to increase our data amount. We have one more day to go on the plan and have 1 gig left.  At first, I thought the problem with the campground WIFI may have been the weather because it was overcast for several days, but that wasn’t it.  The campground manager said it had something to do with the way something was turned. It was down instead of up. I have no idea what that was supposed to mean.  He called the service company every day for a week or so and kept saying we should have coverage back tomorrow.  That went on for several days. Then they said it was a problem with the connection page and gave us a new password.  That was supposed to solve the problem.  Service lasted a couple hours at most.  So, I called Century Link to get our own service.  They can’t come for another week, but at least we’ll have reliable internet when they do get us hooked up.  Since we’re only going to be here a few months, their no-contract plan works great for us.

I’ve been working in the office here at the resort. It’s not really an office tho’. It’s a store with a big counter and three computers. We take reservations, check campers in, rent the golf carts, sell store merchandise and answer questions about the campground, the activities, and the area.

Everyone’s been very busy getting ready for the start of the season. Everything kicks off Memorial Day. That’s the day the pool opens, all the activities are in full swing and one night every weekend there’s either karaoke or a band.

Today, Sunday, Dave and I drove on the Blue Ridge Parkway for about 25 miles.  It’s very scenic and has some “Pull Off Overlook Places”.   We could see for miles. The ground and the trees are a very lush green color and the outline of the mountains in the background just make it a magnificent view.  On the whole drive, it seemed we were either going up a hill, down a hill or around a curve.  Needless to say, the Blue Ridge Parkway is not a speedway.  We wanted to go over to Mt. Airy to pick up some tourist information and brochures on what’s available in the area.  We’ve got some friends stopping in to visit us and stay 2 nights in the cabins here while they’re on their way to Maine.  We thought it may be a fun thing to go over to the Mt. Airy of the Andy Griffith show and see some of the exhibits and eat lunch in one of the restaurants or diners there. The tourist center was open for a little while yet when we got there on this late Sunday afternoon, so we got some information and think it may be fun to go back and look around.   We also found some other places we want to visit before we leave in the fall.  Most of the places close to us seem to be in North Carolina, but there are some in Virginia we want to check out too.   I’ll write about the places we visit in future blog posts.


A day in the Life…

… of a not too tech savvy blog writer

I couldn’t get the pictures to post before so I’m trying it again.

Hmmm… this time I only got two pictures… I’ll keep working at this and hopefully soon, I’ll be able to add the cool pictures of Dave and the scene from the top of the mountain.

A day in the life of…

A Work Camper.

I started working this past Sunday morning in the office/store. There wasn’t much to do on a Sunday morning, but I was training so slow is better She showed me how to do almost everything but until you actually do it a few times, it’s not really learned. We had a couple young customers who came in and bought some gum or candy. A couple who came in and bought some ice cream. One couple came in and checked on a possible future cabin rental and one lady called to see if the pool was open.  It was 58 degrees out and the wind was blowing hard!  Not sure what she wanted to do in that kind of weather, but the pool isn’t open anyway yet.  And, we closed early. So overall, basically, kind of a boring day. But it was a beautiful day. There are lots of hills all around us and you can see mountains in the background in about every direction.

They are doing a lot of improvements here at Lake Ridge.  From what I understand someone from Texas owns this and 10 other R V resorts like it. The previous managers didn’t put much effort into keeping this property updated.  Now there are new managers and the owner is putting some money into the property.  They’re making a lot of good improvements.  Just a couple are checking the pool for leaks and power washing and cleaning around it and they are adding sever more arcade games to the community center.  They made new decorations/obstacles for the Putt-R-Golf game.Over the winter they built over 100 new picnic tables. Dave’s been working 4 full days now.  Yesterday, he helped clean up several areas that leaves and branches had piled up for quite a while.  And, he helped put the new pieces in the Put-R-Golf.  I’m not sure what he’s doing today other than helping to fix a leak somewhere. I am off for a couple days but come Mother’s Day, I guess the race is on.  The Thursday before Memorial Day weekend, there are 17 check-ins. The Friday before there are 75!

Right now, I’m sitting in the laundry room waiting for a couple loads of clothes to get dry. I forgot how much laundry mats cost! It’s been a long time since I had to use one

Sunday after my short day working, it had warmed up and the wind calmed down. Dave found a mountain we could hike up. It’s called Buffalo Mountain. I think Dave said its

3971 feet. Since we didn’t see any buffalo, I have no idea where that name came from.  We had to drive part way up the mountain to a small parking lot and surprisingly there were a few cars already parked there. It was not a bad hike. It took us about 45 minutes or so to hike to the top. We only stopped a couple times. I didn’t even start breathing hard until the very last turn and hill climb. And, it was actually a short hike on that turn.  Dave did great. He just had heart surgery in February. He’s been off work since then and has been going to rehab three times a week, so he’s actually in pretty good shape. Much better than me!

I’m adding some pictures this time and will try to keep adding some as I can or we see something cool.

Until next time…