Rufus Morgan Falls

This waterfall is rarely seen because it it not well advertised. We’ve been enjoying the cascades on Wayah Road and coming to Wayah Bald for 3 years and we never knew there was a waterfall off that road. We happened upon it in a brochure of all places, for Asheville. We couldn’t believe we’d never heard of it before. It says in the directions about it from Asheville that it’s at Wayah Bald, but it’s not. It’s off of Wayah Road on FS 388. If you’re coming from Bryson CIty, it’s at the other end of Wayah Road, after you’ve enjoyed all the cascades on the road along the way. It’s on the Franklin end of Wayah Road. So, if you’re coming from Franklin, you won’t go through the twisty part of Wayah Road with all the cascades, but we would suggest that after you visit the falls, take a tour down the rest of Wayah Road to see the cascades. It’s worth it. Also, you can see Wayah Bald on your trip as well. Why not make a day of it.

The stuff we did find online about it says it’s a 1/4 mile to the falls from the parking area. This is incorrect. It’s .5 miles to the falls. The trail is 1 mile round trip. It’s a loop and it’s easy to moderate. The blaze for this trail is blue and it’s well marked. For those who haven’t seen a lot of blazes along your day hikes, when there are 2 same color blazes on a tree, the lower one is the trail color and the upper one is the direction you need to follow. These double markings are usually at an intersection, so if marking is on the left, that is the direction you should travel. Hopefully that makes sense.

Some spots are a little more “hinky” but it’s not bad at all. If you’re used to hiking in sandals like chacos, you might get your feet a little wet. There are several small stream crossings, but they are not even ankle deep. You can probably walk over them using the rocks if you are really stable and not get your feet wet at all. We would suggest that you may want to wear shoes with toes in them because of all the roots along the trail. But, if you’re careful and watch your step, you won’t stumble.

When you get to the falls, it looks like it’s just a small cascade with a foot bridge. But, once you cross the foot bridge, you can see the falls continue. It has 3 tiers. The trail takes you up to the base of the upper section. The trail is a gradual climb, sloping slightly all the way to just beyond the falls before the descent. You still might want to have trekking poles with you, as some of the water crossings are a bit slippery (we were there right after a rain). There are several roots and rocks, but take your time and enjoy the short hike. It’s not strenuous by any means. It’s worth the trek to see this hidden little gem.

Satellite and Cable TV Alternatives

This subject can be for house dwellers as well as full time RVers. These days, it seems like to get the specific few channels we want to watch, it requires getting a cable or satellite package that is expensive for one, and secondly has way more channels than we are interested in. There are some providers that offer smaller packages, claiming you can pick your own channels, but they all come with some “fluff” that we don’t want.

We found that even with a booster for our regular TV antenna, it would still depend on the weather whether or not the channels would show up. We’ve been Amazon Prime members for a few years, so I bought the Fire Stick to go on our RV TV. It opens up a whole new world of television.

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Click the link above to check one out. They are not expensive, and if you’re already Prime members, you have many free TV show and movie choices. If you’re not a Prime member, it’s $119 for the year. (Look at that not only in terms of free two day shipping, but in the aspect of the MONTHLY cost of a cable bill. If you have certain channels that are your absolute favorites that you don’t want to miss out on, try one of their APPS. We have the history and animal planet apps added. The down side to that is if you don’t have a cable provider to enter a password for, some programs won’t be available on those apps as soon as they air on TV. But you can still watch them on the app at a later date (which we choose to do). It’s kind of like how Netflix waits a year to catch you up on a series. Although, with these apps, you don’t wait a year to catch up.

You can also add on Hulu or Netflix for what you pay for them normally. There are free TV apps galore. Some of them are better than others. I tried Philo for the 7 day free trail, but even with good internet, it was still way to slow. So, we opted not to pay the $20 a month they wanted for what I call the “fun’ channels. This app had all the channels I was missing, but if it’s not good quality, I’m not paying for it to watch the little circle spin. Our free TV app of choice is Pluto. They don’t have the Sundance channel or WEtv, but they have lots of things that are similar. If you like the Escape channel or Discovery ID, Pluto has a 24/7 crime network, a Forensic Files channel, and a Cold Case Files Channels. They have Spike TV, Travel and Adventure channels, many sports and news channels. It’s the best one that’s 100% free that we’ve found so far.

Ok, so you have your fire stick and Amazon Prime. Now, to make sure you have good WiFi to get all the capabilities. We have a repeater and router and an external WiFi antenna on our camper. So far we’ve been lucky to be able to use it everywhere we’ve camped. Some places will block you if they find out you have a repeater. I’m not really sure why if they have free WiFi available. You can also use your phone as a hotspot if you have unlimited data on your phone network. We have done this in storms when the WiFi was out, and it works great. (We have Verizon).

If you want to get sophisticated with it, you can get your own regular hotspot and pay a monthly fee for ever how much data you think you will use watching TV. We started out with the Verizon Hotspot as prepaid, but we found that even just using it for our blog took up more data than we thought, so having a phone with that capability and unlimited data on our bill is much easier.

So, Fire Stick, Prime, Wifi, check. Picked out apps to use, check. What if you still want more? Try getting the latest version of the Fire Stick with voice control remote and an Echo Dot (Alexa) for fun. The dot starts out around $25 and goes up as “her” capabilities increase. It’s great for listening to music, and audio books. The audio books is a fee in itself, but if you have a Kindle, you’re already familiar with that. The point is, there are endless possibilities and ways to cut the cable cord.

It all depends on how much you want to spend to watch TV. It can be as cheap as completely free per month (with the initial cost of the fire stick and yearly Prime). or between $10 to $50, depending on what movie apps and other “channel” apps you decide you need/want. It’s all still cheaper than $60-$160 a month for cable of satellite. Have fun with it and explore all the free options before purchasing apps. There is a LOT of free watching to do!

So, for those rainy, cold days when you can’t get out an explore, stay in the RV and veg out on your favorites for free, rather than paying out the wazoo for it. We hope this was helpful to you. If you have any question about any apps or equipment that we have, shoot us a message or comment. Thank you for your support. Happy watching.

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Haywood County Quilt Squares (Waynesville, Canton, and Clyde, NC)

Welcome to our day trip around Haywood County looking for quilt squares. This a very colorful and informative piece that won’t bore you, we promise. A lot of time and love went into this one, so please take your time and enjoy it. Haywood County consists of Maggie Valley, Waynesville, Canton and Clyde.ย To recap, we did a previous blog on Haywood County in Maggie Valley only. In total, there are 12 in Maggie Valley and we found 8 at the time. We could not find the Kitner House and there wasn’t one on Joey’s Pancake House, but if you are in Maggie Valley, you may find them now (let us know). There are 2 others in Maggie Valley on “side” roads we didn’t go to then, 121 Setzer Cove Rd.( called Maple Leaf/Mountain Joy) and 262 Sweet Birch Dr. (called Fall Leaves). That’s just our recap of that part of Haywood County we went to before but not on this trip. This trip was an all day event though, so enjoy.

If you decide you want to do the entire trail, you can pick up a map of all the Haywood County squares at the visitors center in Maggie Valley. It is a colored guide with the pictures, names, and addresses of all the squares. Just keep in mind, they are not in order. They may be in the order they were put up, but they are not in order of where they are located. Also, as we found out on our journey, it is not updated completely. We downloaded ours online. It takes some time to go through the list and put them in order of how to find them. I spent a day mapping out each town’s squares so we could smoothly travel to each one without back tracking or zig zagging. So, if you follow our list, you will be able to do the same. I’ve helped with the work of getting them in order for everyone.

On the map, they are listed with the numbers they were given as they were issued, with a total of 48. (We found another that wasn’t listed, so it should be 49, or either the ones that are no longer there taken off and the numbers redone.) Anywho, I will list them here by the order we found them in and their number as seen on the map (#). We will list the tips and tricks to finding them and we hope when you’re in the Haywood county area, you will successfully find them all.

We’ll start in Waynesville. There is a lot to do in Waynesville, it’s a happening town for sure. Mingled in among the squares, we saw some fun things that we will share here. There is “supposed” to be a total of 19 squares in Waynesville. The first one we found (#31) is on a barn. It’s Dahlia, 1785 Plott Creek Rd. Please forgive the fuzziness of close up one, it’s a little far off the road, and on private property. The rest of the squares on the trail are easier to see and take photos of.

 

The next one (#10) is Four Little Birds, 40 Old Hickory St.,ย  on the Windover Inn.

Third (#48) on our list is one of my favorites called Adopt Me on the Animal Hospital at 91 Depot Street.

The next 7 listed on the map are all in one area downtown. This is where we discovered one that isn’t listed on the map, and saw that there were a couple “missing” as well. You should park your ride and go walking to see these. There are a lot of fun things in this area that you won’t want to miss. First up (fourth on our list, #1 on the map) is Stars and Stripes and City Streets at 9 S. Main St. on the police department. There is a really neat art statue next to the police station and a bicycle rack that actually looks like a bicycle (there are a couple of those in town).

Our fifth one to see (#4) is on the corner building at Main and Church Streets called New Star of NC.

The sixth one we saw (#2) is at 16 S. Main, on the Municipal Building called Follow the Leader.

Seventh, (#4 on map), is on the Teresa Pennington Art Gallery, 15 N. Main, called Cobblestones.

Eighth and ninth, (#5, #6), are fun ones because of their location. You can’t just take their pictures on the outside and not go in to the Mast General Store (63 N. Main). With a name like that, you’re probably thinking like we were, an old fashioned type store with an array of stuff for everyday life on the farm. Wrong! It’s a huge 3 story outdoor store with everything from hiking needs to well, you name it, they have it. The bottom floor is like a hyped up general store. They have handmade candles and soaps and bushels of candy and other fun things. It was a wonderful walk thru on our trip. We’re including a couple of their merchandise photos, so you can see what we mean.

Outside and around the corner from the Mast General Store is a mural of the 4 seasons on the wall of a building across from the bank drive thru. Next to the General Store on the other side are flowers and an awesome musical statue made of iron. It’s certainly a wonderful photo op, especially if you like selfies.

Tenth on our list, (#7) is at 113 N. Main on the Christmas is Everyday shop. The square is called Christmas Tree.

The next two (#36 and #44) are listed as being on 44 N. Main St., but this address does not exist. We don’t know if there was such a thing before in downtown and it moved, but now the Visitors Center (where these two squares are supposed to be located) is off of I-40 West at Mile Marker 10 the Haywood County TDA. Their names are Gateway to the Smokies and Winding Walk. Not 100% sure if Gateway to the Smokies is at this location, but Winding Walk is said to be. They were both listed at the “no longer an address” 44 N. Main Visitor Center. So sorry, but we didn’t go traveling out to I-40 to find these two because we had a longer day ahead of us. If someone out there has seen these two and has their exact location, please let us know.

Moving on back to our truck, we discovered one that is not listed on the map. We don’t know the name of it, but it is a star on the Cat in the Attic Treasures and Treats store.

And here at this spot should be #35, Flower Petals on 126 Cicero Lane. I did not see this one on the map until I was going through all the squares when we had already got back to camp. I had completely missed it somehow in my quest to be sure I had everything mapped out. For this I am truly sorry. One missed altogether.

On our way around to the next one, we saw a Huey Helicopter, gingerly sitting in a spot waiting for photos to be taken of it. You can part right next to it.

We are up to our fifteenth stop, it’s #9 on the map at the Shelton House Museum at 149 Shelton Street.

Sixteenth on our trip (#32) is a little tricky to look for. It’s there, but it’s on the corner of the building (left front as you drive up). They don’t really understand the significance of the quilt squares here (I went in to ask where it was after not seeing it at first and it took the lady a minute to figure out what I was referring to). She said it was donated by one of the families of someone who used to be a resident there. It’s by a nice little set of benches, but it’s in the bushes, literally. You can barely see it for the growth of greenery at the corner. But it’s there, so don’t miss out seeing it. It’s called Double Wedding Ring and it’s at the Haywood Lodge Retirement Home on 257 Shelton Street. 20190619_144547Seventeenth, (#8) is on the dentist office (Mike Gillespie DDA) at 611 S. Haywood Street. It’s called Gillespie Rifle. It’s a rather interesting pattern of rifles intertwined into the quilt pattern. We saw a similar pattern on a previous quilt trail.

Eighteenth (#41) is at a private residence, but it can be seen well. It’s called Snail Trail at 184 Park Street.

Here, we take a pit stop for a bite to eat at Bogart’s. We mentioned this place in one of our earlier blogs (2018 Anniversary and Panthertown Valley). There is one in Sylva also, but that one doesn’t have these absolutely delicious broccoli cheddar bites. If you’re in Waynesville for anything at all, you have to stop at Bogart’s and try these. Everything we’ve ever tried at a Bogart’s is wonderful home cooked tasting, but these broccoli cheddar bites are the best appetizer item I think I’ve ever had (besides mushrooms). So, remember when you’re here, BROCCOLI CHEDDAR BITES. ๐Ÿ˜‰20190619_151308After getting our thirst quenched and our bellies full of yumminess, it’s back on the road to catch the last two in Waynesville as we head out of town to Clyde. Nineteenth (#11) is Biloxi/Fox Chase on the Boone Orchard Apple Barn on 395 Hugh Massie Road.

 

The last one in Waynesville for the day (our stop number 20, #40 on map), is at Bethel Historic Presby Church (Brick Building). It’s called Pigeon Valley and it’s located at 664 Sonoma Road.

Let’s Ride to Clyde! It’s a really cute little town just outside of Waynesville. It has 9 total squares, and we found them all. We will continue with our numbering system so you will know how many found on our total trip and the numbers given to them on the “official” map.

Our twenty first find of the day (#17) is called Bridge to Learning at Clyde High School, 3215 Broad Street.

The next few squares are all in one little area and can be walked to. Just park in the large parking lot across the railroad tracks, and take a short stroll through this tiny American town. Our twenty second square of the day (#27) is called Leadership and is at what they call Town Square on 79 Depot Street. All these buildings look abandoned, but they are so historic looking. This square is a neat one.

Right out from our next square is a piece of this town’s history in the form of a plaque and a rather large anti-aircraft gun.

Twenty three (#16) is in the same section, called Open Door at the current Guns and Ammo store (listed on the map as the bank, and you can tell it used to be one). The address is 81 Main Street.

Twenty fourth (# 47) is across the parking lot from this one at the old Masonic Lodge on 69 Main Street. It’s called Conversation. Yet another neat looking square in this nostalgic town.

Twenty fifth to us, (#15 on the Haywood Quilts map), is on a building called Lil’s. You can faintly see the painted name of the long gone place on the side of the cinder block building at 88 Main Street. The square is called Grandmother’s Flower Garden.

Push the crosswalk button to walk across the quiet street to Town Hall (different than Town Square where you were.) Directly in front of here you will see the Town Clock. Then, on Town Hall you will see our twenty sixth square of the day (#37) called Liberty Star at 8437 Carolina Blvd. This one also looks similar to one we’ve seen before on the Swain County trail.

Let’s hop back in the air conditioned truck to drive to the next one. It’s up a little further than we wanted to walk in the heat, but still only about a minute or less away if you’re driving it. It’s at 570 Main Street on historic Louisa Chapel and it’s called Brush Arbor (#14), our twenty-seventh stop.

Our next one (twenty eight for the day and #13 on the map), is just down the way (not even 2 minutes away) at 3 Brown Street. It’s on the “historic” looking Haywood Institute (older brick building) and it’s called Little Red Schoolhouse. Yep, you’re right, we’ve came across this one on another trip of the same trail (in Maggie Valley).

Our last one (the ninth one in this little town, our twenty ninth stop, and # 18 on the map) is at the Shook Museum on 178 Morgan Street. Unfortunately, by the time we arrived the museum was closed, so we had to see the square (called Mountain Saddlebags) through the rails of the top level porch. There is a ramp leading to the first level porch, but no stairs on the outside to reach the second level, so we figured the stairs were on the inside and then you just walk out on the top porch from the rooms up there. This museum looks quite interesting on the outside and may warrant a future trip.

Let’s slide outta Clyde and make our way to the next town, Canton. It’s busier than Clyde, but still a lot smaller than Waynesville or Maggie Valley. There is supposed to be 8 total squares here, but 2 were no longer where they were listed. Square thirty in our day (# 42) is right in downtown. Go ahead and park here, because you’ll see most of them on the strip. This one is called Sunburst and it’s on the side of a corner building at 70 Main St.20190619_200904

As we rounded the corner, we saw another old fashioned painted mural on the side of a building. 20190619_200848Our thirty first square of the day (#34) was supposed to be at Polly’s Florist. It’s called Flower Basket, but it’s not there. The place was open, but the square isn’t on the outside of the building or the inside. So, we moved on to our thirty second square of the day.

(# 28) is listed as being on Sid’s but the place is now called the Imperial. It’s located at 117 Main Street and it’s called Bay Leaf.

Number thirty three (#33 on map also), is supposed to be Five Spot and located on the Champion Credit Union at 1 Academy Street. We walked all around the building, and it’s not there. Maybe the ones missing are out for repairs? So, we hop back in the truck for the next one. Directly next to it, we saw this nice monument to all the branches of the military who were in Vietnam from this town.

Our thirty fourth square (#43) is here at 36 Park Street at the Canton Area Historical Museum and it’s called Travel Star.

Over on 71 Penland Street, we find our thirty fifth square of the day (#26). It’s at an old closed down Armory (very neat building and wish we had taken more pictures of it). It’s called Salute to Colors.

The last two of the day are further out in our drive (25 minutes from downtown Canton), so we hit those on our way back to Waynesville to head back to camp. They are both on the same stretch of road at least.

The little area we come through next is called Cruso (we’re guessing it’s a little “unincorporated” area of Canton (or just outside of Canton, really). The sign going through here is just too funny not to share. It says, “Welcome to Cruso. 9 miles of friendly folks and one old crab”. We didn’t run into the crab on our drive through, ha ha. Our thirty sixth of the day is here in this little place (#30). It was on a beautiful little rock building called the Friendship Club and it even has it’s own little plaque. It’s called Moon Over Cold Mountain (4 Seasons). This is a pretty one.

Our thirty seventh find of the day and our final square (#46) is on the Pavillion at a place called Camp Hope (it looks like a summer camp that no one was at during this particular time). The address is 312 Camp Hope Rd. and it’s called Mountain Tradition.

We have looked for 36 (should’ve been 37 but we forgot that one!); found 33 total (32 on the map plus the extra one at the Attic place). We discovered 2 in Waynesville were moved to just off of I-40, and 2 in Canton are not there. It has been an all day event. In total, this quilt trail lasted 3 days. One day to plan and map out all the places in driving order since they are not in order on the official map from the Haywood County Visitor’s Center. Another day to drive around a find them (the fun part of exploring). And one day to put all of it in this informative and hopefully visually fun blog for everyone to enjoy. Thank you all for your support. Don’t forget to let us know if you find any of the ones we didn’t (including Maggie Valley). We hope you enjoy this one as much as we did. Happy hunting (Quilts). ๐Ÿ™‚

More Macon County (Franklin, NC) Quilt Squares

As you know, the Franklin, NC Quilt Trail website is down and we can’t find out who runs it, so we have no idea where all the squares there are and their names. But, we will keep you posted on where we find some when we travel through Macon County. Here are two we spotted off Rickman Creek Road. There is a detour now turning off Rickman Creek (town side) because they are working on the bridge. It takes you around the backside of Cowee, which was perfect to see the squares we never knew were there. We saw another on a yellow house right as you turn onto the road, but we missed it on our way back somehow. So, when you drive through Cowee, keep your eyes peeled, there may be more. (Don’t forget the ones on the church and the old general store from our blog before). Also, turning onto Needmore off 74, there is one right on the corner (pictured third here).

Throwback Tuesday: The Crab Shack, Tybee Island

Most people use the term “summer vacation”, but for us, winter is ours. It’s not really a vacation per say, since some would think our lifestyle of full-time RV life is sort of a life-long one. That might be the case if we were retired, but we still are part of the wonderful working class, taking seasonal jobs in whatever state we decide to land in. That takes planning and applying for just like any other job. Anywho, all that said to explain this trip. We take a couple of weeks off from summer into fall to have a little bit of a vacation before moving on to our winter destination. This time in particular, we were in Tybee Island. We had heard of the famous Crab Shack and figured it would probably have some great seafood.

We were in for a great treat! Not only is it a great outdoor dining experience, it’s a mini-vacation all within itself. We knew once we saw their signs that we would really feel welcomed. They greet you with the phrase posted, “Where the elite eat in bare feet”. And yes, if you want to go in without shoes, it’s a dine outside type of place. We’ll get to the food part later. Before you go sit down for a gut buster of a meal, take the time to walk around the “park”. You’ll see several alligators chilling by their own little pond. Don’t worry, they’re fenced in. There a cats roaming freely about the place and signs stating not to feed them anything, as they are well fed. They know they have it made and don’t bother anyone’s dining experience. It’s just neat to see it, especially since we are “cat” people. The bird house is a place for seeing and hearing something wonderful. Several types of parakeets, cockatoos, and parrots greet you with the funny sound. They MEOW! I’m guessing it’s from hearing the cats do it, but when you’re not expecting that sound from a bird, let alone several all at once, it really tickles your funny bone. Then, stroll on in to their gift shop for interesting island trinkets.

After taking in all this excitement, sit down and check out the menu. You’ll be directly next to the water too (see picture 26), a front row seat at the inlet. If it’s till there, look at the old make shift pirate boat with the skeleton captain aboard. And prepare yourself for a feast. We ordered the steamed platter for two, but for one would have been sufficiently plenty. They brought out a huge platter big enough to feed four. Down home island style, this platter takes up most of the table. What a spread! Catch of the day fish, oysters, clam strips, scallops, shrimp, crawfish, redskin potatoes and corn on the cob. All in plentiful quantities.

We HIGHLY recommend this place to absolutely anyone. Even if you don’t like seafood; they have land lovers menu items too. The experience is worth going for, any time of the year. Your four legged family members can come along too, as long as they are on a leash (and well behaved). This place is a must see for anyone who visits Tybee. After dinner (or lunch), don’t forget to take a stroll along the beach. It’s a great place to see the lighthouse and the boulders on the beach are quite unique. Check out all the great pictures of this magical place here below and then go make your own fantastic memories in this island paradise. No passport, or shoes, required!