|As we neared Asheville, NC.|
When we first arrived here the camp host on duty told us they had just rented the last spot with hookups to an incoming camper. We were so disappointed. I asked for suggestions on other campgrounds in the area and they gave us the name of one and directions on how to get there. I really needed to make a bathroom stop before heading out. Dean asked the camp host if we could leave Bentley parked long enough to make use of our restroom. He said sure. As I came out the door, Dean told me, They have a site with electric only, do you want to take it? Yes!!! We had to add water to our holding tank but they had a site where we could easily do that and we headed up the hill to take care of that chore, soon returning to set up in our new site.
|Taking care of business - taking on water and emptying the black tank before we parked in Site #1.|
One morning we decided we would go out to eat for breakfast. Dean found a restaurant called "Another Broken Egg", so we headed to a little village that is located near the Biltmore area. The breakfast was so-so, but the shopping area was really neat. It had an REI, a place I've wanted to visit so that was fun too. Here are a few pictures of the area. It was almost like a village in itself. It had condos, restaurants and all of the basic amenities right here.
|The small maples in the two pictures above were already showing their fall colors.|
|We loved the look of this store with the toy soldiers guarding it.|
|Display window was very nice looking.|
One day we were just driving and came upon the Bent Creek River Park along the French Broad River. It was near our campground and we found it as we were returning to the park after taking a different direction.
It was really gorgeous here.
|Another selfie along the creek.|
|Drive home on the Blue Ridge Parkway|
|We were on the platform above these fountains when we walked out of the path leading to the house where we were able to see the house for the first time. This is where I took the picture of the house from above.|
|These are the walkways from the platform area to take you to the same level as the house.|
|A lady offered to take our picture.|
|A little closer shot.|
|Loved these statues. There were two, either side of the front entrance.|
|These are the stairwell areas inside. Notice the flag was at half staff, in memory of 9/11. We visited here on September 11, 2015.|
|This is a beautiful covered outdoor sitting area that guests could use when staying at the Biltmore.|
|Close-up pictures of the trees used to creat the trellis.|
|The view of the mountains that you can see from the loggia along the backside of the house. So beautiful.|
|More mountain views.|
|Frederick Olmsted designed the gardens and land around the Biltmore Estate. I remember hearing references to Mr. Olmstead when I was working for the city in relation to his recognition of designing parks across the country.|
|Pictures of the trees and yard behind the house.|
|This is the vine covered area just to the left, when you are facing the front of the house. This area was beautiful and the artistic winding of the trees in order to provide this cover was unique and very interesting.|
|This is immediately adjacent to the front yard of the Biltmore - also on the left if you were facing the Biltmore. It is open grass with a few large ponds in the middle with various plants.|
|As you go down the stairs to the right of the green area in the picture above you come to another vine covered sitting area. It is quite unique and again very beautiful.|
|Some of the wooded area along the path that led from the vine covered sitting area in the picture above to the gardens.|
|We are not very good at taking selfies. We are too concentrated on getting the picture taken and forget to smile!|
|Taken just outside of the Hot House, shown below.|
|The Hot House|
|As you leave the hot house, you head back to the grapevine arbor shown below to the beautiful gardens from the pictures above on the walkway in this picture.|
|This arbor had grape vines growing on it.|
|More pictures of the beautiful flower gardens.|
|This was interesting how they trained these bushes to grow along the fence wall.|
|As we headed back to the house you can see it in the distance.|
|Here's another shot.|
|Driving through the garden area after leaving the Biltmore.|
|Falls created by spillway from the pond.|
|French Broad River|
This evening we decided to hike another loop in the campground called the Hardtimes Loop. I knew we could not leave here without hiking this as it reminded me of my dear Oswego friend Richard Johnson, fondly known as Hardtimes. How I loved that guy. I used to enjoy seeing him when he came into pay his bill each month at the city office. He was always laughing and had a story to tell. Let me tell you I know why they called it Hardtimes, because we had a hard time hiking it. It was STEEP. I was out of breath and ready to sit down when we returned.
We had a great stay in Asheville. We loved this campground even though we only had electric hookups. Fortunately for us, Bentley has tanks that accommodate us easily for a week of living with no problems at all.
Along the way we noticed several campsites had little white paper notices posted. I took a closer look on an empty site - There have been bear sightings in the area. Oh boy, hope we don't run in to one. Well since we've moved on from Asheville and you've seen newer posts you know we made it back to Bentley in one piece.