We spent the week of May 14th on vacation in Virginia and North Carolina. I have been uploading blog posts about our vacation since May 29th. This blog post is about our sixth day of vacation.
We awakened at 5:45 am on Friday, May 19. We were showered and dressed for the day by 6:30 am.
We left A Holiday Motel at 6:38 am en route Asheville, NC. I drove. We arrived at IHOP at 7:15 am. Bob ordered coffee, two scrambled eggs and two slices bacon. I ordered two scrambled eggs, two slices of bacon and two pancakes topped with strawberries and whipped cream. The food and service were good.
After breakfast we went to Prestige Subaru, where we had an appointment at 8:15 am for our Subaru Legacy’s 6,000 mile service. We purchased our new car in March this year and have put over 5,000 miles on the car. We knew we would be over 6,000 miles by the time we returned home, so we made a service appointment, while on vacation, for this important first service. Customer service was excellent. From the moment we walked in they were so kind, welcoming, and generous. We were offered breakfast snacks and coffee while we waited in comfortable seating. The service was fast and efficient.
The car service was completed by 8:55 am. We left Prestige Subaru en route Canton, NC. In Canton we hopped onto NC Route 215 south.
As our drive brought us closer to the Blue Ridge Parkway, we saw two waterfalls. We have seen both of these waterfalls during past visits in this area. However, we have approached them from the opposite direction. It was strange to come up on the waterfalls on the opposite side of the road than expected! In the past I have referred to these waterfalls as Waterfall #1 and Waterfall #2. This year I discovered the name of one of the two waterfalls.
There are two sets of falls here, an upper falls and a lower falls. I have shown the upper falls in the photograph displayed above.
Sunburst Falls is located right next to NC Route 215. The waterfall crosses under a beautiful stone bridge. The water flows through an arch in the bridge and plunges into some smaller falls below the bridge.
The second waterfall we passed was also located right next to NC Route 215.
Leaving the second waterfall, we continued on NC Route 215 to the Blue Ridge Parkway. We turned right onto the Parkway. We stopped at three overlooks before returning to Maggie Valley.
Our first stop on the Blue Ridge Parkway was at Beartrap Gap Overlook.
Our last stop on the Blue Ridge Parkway was at the Standing Rock Overlook. The standing rock for which the overlook is named is located at the south end of the parking area.
We returned to A Holiday Motel, home base for the Southeast Vulcan Riders and Owners (SEVROC) motorcycle rally, at around 1:30 pm. We were tired, so we took a nap.
After our nap, we socialized with our VROC friends until it was time to leave for dinner.
Dinner was a group event, the SEVROC Meet & Greet. Back at A Holiday Motel, after dinner, the son and daughter-in-law of one of our friends, entertained us with music. I will share a separate blog post about the Meet & Greet and our evening entertainment, as well as other specific SEVROC-related events, in the near future.