We have taken you along with us to a lot of the destinations going north, so we don’t want to bore you with those stops, however there are some new interesting places and good golf along the road.
Asheville and Golf at Black Mountain
Our next stop was just outside Asheville at Mama Gertie’s RV Park. This was a very nice place. It sits on a hillside with each of the spots overlooking the ones below. The only problem was getting the RV level, so we used our plastic levelers so we did not slide out of bed at night, down to the driver’s seat. In the morning we played golf at Black Mountain Golf Course in Black Mountain, North Carolina. The views were wonderful, the greens a little slow, but a wonderful day of golf.
Back at Mama Gerties we enjoyed some rum with our hamburgers on the grill. A good nights sleep and off to Raleigh in the morning.
We drove over to Raleigh to meet our daughter Kieran at our son Courtney’s home, Courtney, Amanda and the two lovely grandchildren Izzy and Finley, unfortunately were in Vermont for vacation. The good news was there is ample room to park the RV in the driveway and hook up for power. With the temp around 99 degrees, air condition was a must!. Kieran set up a tee time at North Carolina State’s golf course called Lonnie Poole Golf Club. We packed our clubs into her car and headed for the course. It was a 3 pm tee time, we had not planned on it being 99 degrees..Yikes!
Lonnie Poole is the only collegiate course that was designed by Arnold Palmer. It is a tough track, well trapped from tee to green. The course is magnificent and we had a great time, except for partial heat stroke.
This is a hole where the city of Raleigh is in the background.We played all 18 holes, some good; some bad; then headed with Kieran to meet her friends for a cocktail in downtown Raleigh. What a great bunch of young adults, we had a great time. The next day temperatures were projected to be near 100 again! No thanks to outdoor activities! Movie Time!! We headed out to see Dunkirk, which was spectacular. We had a lovely time with Kieran, cannot believe we have no pictures of John and Kieran to show. We will get them when we return thru Raleigh in September. Our thanks to Kieran for the a great time and great golf!
We drove up through the Shenandoah Valley planning on some golf the next day but exhaustion from the heat still prevailed, so it was a day of rest. We made a casual drive to our son Jame’s house in Wind Gap, PA for the night. His wife Mary was out-of-town. We picked up dinner for James and our grandchildren Collin and Liza. Again, no pictures, but we will be back over Labor Day. Had a wonderful evening and planned to head out early in the morning. Collin saw us from the living room window at 6AM and got dad to bring him down. Nothing like a 4 year old’s hug in the morning! We were on the road and headed to Rhode Island, our next stop.
We arrived a Ashaway RV resort, Passport America so we got a 50% discount. The place is wow, big pool, tennis courts, children’s area and things to do. The parking spots are not very flat but our levelers saved us again. We played golf in the morning at a local course Winnapaug in Westerly Rhode Island. Lovely course good test of golf. We enjoyed the views over the water and the vistas.
Are few pictures of the golf course..
Newport, Rhode Island
The next day we headed to Newport to walk around and look at the historic area and ride the ocean road past all the mansions. One of the most wonderful stops was the Trinity Church. Janice’s dear friend Marty Newton Skelley and Jeff Skelley were married there some 30 plus years ago, it was a beautiful ceremony. We were given a tour by a lovely gentleman and learned about the church. Founded in 1698, it is the oldest Episcopal parish in the state. The current Georgian building was designed by architect Richard Munday and constructed in 1725–26. The pews were blocked into sections owned by prominent families, now used by all and marked with the history.
The stained glass windows, one made by Tiffany, are mostly presented by families as remembrances of belated relatives. The one on the right is for Cornelius Vanderbilt ll, the nephew of the “Commodore” Cornelius Vanderbilt. The famous “Breakers” was his Newport mansion. The southeast winds over the years had caused the church to lean 6 degrees! It has been re-enforced with steel beams throughout, making it straight again.
We walked through more of the historic district in Newport and then headed out to the “Ocean Drive” to view the many mansions. Some are open for public viewing although many are still private residents, amazing how you could live if you won the Power Ball Lottery!
Janice reminisced about the days when she, Marty, Jeff and an old friend Nancy Richardson, now in heaven, spent many a day at the local bars and the beach, just up the street from Marty’s home.
We enjoyed the day and headed back to Ashaway for dinner and a good nights sleep, next stop, Janice’s Aunt Margaret and Uncle Bill.