Yesterday we traveled only 242 miles but in a northerly direction and with a gain in altitude that took us back to early Spring. The deciduous trees are bare, this morning the temperature is in the thirties, and we see robins! We’re on Site A32, a meadow site in Julian Price Lake Campground on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Blowing Rock and Boone NC. We stayed here in June 2015 and near here last October. Yesterday we were surprised to learn that the usual Campground fees of $20 are half price in this pre-season (thus $5/night with our Senior Pass) but that there’s no fresh water and no flush toilets available. Our challenge for this stay is to conserve the bit of freshwater and of propane that we have with us to keep us hydrated, clean, and warm and to keep the battery charged using our Zamp solar panel. Meanwhile there’s fun places to revisit and new things to discover here!

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