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….





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