With vintage Samsonite in tow, I left Charlotte headed north to just outside Winston-Salem where I met Sister Sister-in-law Cindy at her home in King. This would be the first hour and a half stretch of what turned into - altogether - a 12-hour trail ride. Our destination? Bardstown, Kentucky to our second SOTF event: Moon Shine Run 2013 & Kentucky Bourbon Trail.
Believe It or Not: I live in Charlotte, NC (Queen City), and Cindy lives in King, NC. Our lives run parallel in a Freaky-Friday-movie kinda way. Wait. It gets better...
|The Knob, Pilot Mountain ~ Route 52 North ~ Cindy's Stomping Grounds|
Cindy's driving skills and my nerves were put to the test early into our journey when we were greeted by thick fog in Virginia.
|One of our many rest stops.|
Just as before, we kept a close eye on the weather forecast. We were getting reports of severe weather as the front was fast approaching. The wind was picking up, and Bella was getting fussy.
Not long after Bella's tantrum, I started whining. Cindy, bless Pat, had her hands full. Not only was she the driver, she was the entire pit crew and babysitter. With every weather update, I became more anxious as we neared the campground. The wind was blowing Bella every which way but loose, and I was not a happy glamper. My search for bluegrass quickly turned to motels. And there were none. Elvis sang no truer words. I didn't have to remind Cindy of one of the scariest moments of my life; when I was in a mobile home that was tossed by a tornado. And there I was, headed straight into the eye of a storm to stay overnight in a tiny, 15-foot, 42-year-old canned ham. No offense, Bella.
Believe It or Not: When I married Cindy's brother and Cindy married my brother, we both bought homes-on-wheels and moved into the same trailerhood, ha. Cindy and I were glampers when glamping wasn't cool.
We began seeing signs for the campground...then, "Finally!!! Civilization!" I made a mental map of every.single.motel in sight in case my
Meet & Greet was already underway when we arrived at White Acres Campground. We
|Town Branch Distillery coffee-infused bourbon|
1 part bourbon
2 parts hot water
Top with heavy cream
Yes indeed, y'all, the sun was going down.