Archive for May, 2014

Are You Ready for Blood Sweat and Gears?

Friday, May 30th, 2014

It’s that time again. The 16th Annual Blood, Sweat and Gears bike ride is Saturday, June 28, 2014. Hardy, healthy folk mount their bikes to ride 50 or 100 miles and raise money for The Russell Fund, which helps local families displaced by flood, fire or natural disaster.

Are you ready for the ride of your life?

Are you ready for the ride of your life?

This ride starts and ends just outside of nearby Boone, NC, near our Blue Ridge Mountains cabins. If you plan to participate, you’ll need to sleep well before and after the race. You’ll also need mounds of food. Our N.C. vacation cabins have fully equipped kitchens where your supporters can easily prepare feasts for you. You, of course, should do nothing but rest and prepare for – or recover from- one of the most beautiful and challenging bike rides in the country.

Register for Blood, Sweat and Gears soon, before all the spots are full.

Rhododendron and Mountain Laurel Blooms

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Mountain LaurelSpring, at last, has sprung. Here in the North Carolina high country and along the Blue Ridge Parkway this means the annual orgy of color as numerous wildflowers and blooming trees and bushes come into blossom. Some of the most distinctive and prevalent are the mountain laurel (kalmia latifolia) and the varieties of rhododendron seen throughout the area. They generally start to bloom in mid-May and depending on the species and the elevation continue through the end of June so a traveler on the Blue Ridge Parkway can continue to enjoy their splendor into early summer. A useful schedule of blooms can be found here.