Fun in the Georgia Mountains
Trip Start Nov 19, 2007
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Crazy Fish brought us to Hiawassee, GA Wednesday night. We settled into our site at the Georgia Mountain Fair Grounds, right on Lake Chatuge. The annual Blue Grass Music Festival and fair goes on for 14 days and nights. Louise and Sass gave us the heads up on this great festival and agreed to meet us at the lake for a day of picnicking on the lake, the fair and then a few hours of Blue Grass music to digest by.
Louise organized the rental of a pontoon boat for the day and brought a fantastic lunch of pork loin, smoked trout dip with crackers, huge fresh fruit salad, cheeses and olives.
Back to Crazy Fish for a dress change from bathing suits to fair attire,then off we went across the street to the fair. The air was buzzing with activity. Rides of every description in the front grounds and a small entry fee to go to the exhibits,the arts and craft area and food concessions before heading to the Andrews Music Hall. It was tough to know what direction to go first.
There are exhibitors ranging from an original griss mill to chain saw art making. We sampled hand pressed cider and perfectly fried catfish with the best sweet potato fries and hush puppies ever!! Sweet tea rounded off the local treats. And...fresh made ice cream with local peaches!! Good grief do we eat well !! or at least a lot!!
The music tonight was Jim and Jesse and The Virginia Mountain Boys as the main show with Georgia Mountain Fair Band as start up.....they both kicked ass!!!
My sister Darcy and my brother Reed's birthdays are today!! What are the odds of having a sister and bother having a birthday on the same day years apart?
Andy and I went on back to the fair grounds for a closer look at the exhibits and learned about how boards were made out of huge timber using the most dangerous looking saw mill imaginable!! Even the belts and pulleys were unprotected .... we cringed as we watched these men reach over the fast moving belts and open saw blades going faster than the eye could see with flapping sleeves and tee shirt tales, no goggles or any protection of any kind!! Chips of wood flying and the massive tree trunk jumping and groaning as they cut it into boards!! Too painful to watch a second time!! No accidents and they have been doing this for 12 years!!
Did some swimming off the shore in Lake Chatuge's emerald green waters. Unbelievably beautiful! Music tonight was Ronnie McDowell with the Georgia Mountain Boys again....we got to sing along and jump and shout.
We did some exploring in the hills to follow up on one of my Google searches for Eco friendly communities. "Enota" is in Hiawassee, GA up in the hills. It is a group of folks who try to lead as unharmful lives as possible with nature. Organic gardens, RV, tent and cabin camp sites with a couple of large gathering rooms for workshops and great dining from the garden. Work exchange is welcome. Lovely folk living in concert with the rhythm of life. I think Andy and I would like to stay there with them for a bit in the fall when the weather is more conducive to being off the lakes, taking long hikes up hill, and working in a garden. www.enota.com
Crazy Fish took us to Blue Ridge to have some more fun with Sass and Louise and get to see our new friend, Rick McNelley. In our last Blue Ridge entry you read about how we were approached and invited by Rick to camp in a field he owns adjoining his Duplex Cinema. He has fresh water, septic receptacle and a full time RV friend who had electric run onto the land. We have kept in touch with Rick over this last year and so were once again invited to stay at what I now call, "Cinema Meadows".
We arrived in the evening just in time to be delightfully surprised that the latest Harry Potter movie was playing at the Duplex. Picked up popcorn and waters and enjoyed the show! Walked over the mown lawn to Crazy Fish and slept like babies.
In the morning we knocked on Alan's door - Rick's friend who came for a few nights and has stayed 15 years!. Alan has a totally buffed out fully loaded beautifully appointed Provost bus. He has paneled the walls with pine and has built himself one fabulous 60 thousand pound home on wheels. He has a matching painted Chevrolet Tracker which he scoots around town with or tows to craft shows where he sells his hand made jewelry. He is full of surprises and great stories. One after the next as interesting as the first. We spent a lot of time listening and absorbing Alan's experiences and wisdom and generosity.
Rick came by and we got to meet his wife, Yvonne. It was a pleasure to meet her and to get more acquainted with Rick in person. Andy and I tried to give thanks as best we could by inviting Rick and Yvonne out to dinner or lunch but Yvonne is in the midst of some crucial medical procedures she needs to keep all her energy focused on healing right now. Our blessings to you Yvonne!!! We will catch up with a meal together another time.
Alan turned us on to his friend John who runs a great eating establishment in a pull trailer. He is selling his business in Blue Ridge and is going on the road to supply his fabulous food to arts and craft fairs!! You go John!
Louise and Sass came on down from their Mountain top to go swimming in Lake Blue Ridge with us and to turn us on to another amazing BBQ place called, "Bordertown Roadhouse". Truly amazing pulled pork!! The others said the ribs were a bit greasy but with excellent taste and texture. I think it may be my favorite for pulled pork.
Once again, Louise and Sass cooked up a super fantastic dinner of grilled Lamb chops, and one of Sass's childhood favorites - butternut squash with onions, raisins, apricots, and prunes seasoned to perfection only Sass can really do...with cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. We enjoyed a couple of movies over a few days fun and frolic before the rains began. Rain expected for a week.....Crazy Fish wants to travel on .........love to all our Blue Ridge friends.....