Posted by Mark Ralston on Saturday, April 30, 2011
Linda and I picked quite a week for our trip to the north Georgia mountains. We stayed about 50 miles ahead of the tornadoes on our way home on Wednesday, April 27th, and our motel in Wytheville VA lost power on Weds. night.
Before the bad weather, we looked for amethyst at the Jackson Crossroads mine (Monday) without much luck. We drove from Dahlonega, GA to Gatlinburg, TN through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. What a contrast, emerging from the pleasant drive in the Park to the chaotic tourist hype in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge ! ! !
After the bad weather & a visit to Staunton, VA, we enjoyed dawdling along along Rte 11 (Lee Highway) instead of zooming along at 75 MPH on interstate 81. Lots of nice people. I found an S.S.Stewart banjo key and Linda found a Lyon & Healy banjo key at different antique shops. Also found a 3 bar Zimmerman autoharp, some nice sheet music, and a bunch of 78's.
Sunday, May 1, 2011 @5:54:18 PM
Oh happy memories! I was lucky enough to travel from rainy old England to the North Georgia mountians back in 1994, and have been trying ever since to get back there. Lovely people, spectacular scenery, and history that I have read about in countless books. I envy you both.
Thursday, June 9, 2011 @5:02:33 PM
Some sweet finds on the 78's there!
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