Welcome Home!

Welcome home! Such a lovely greeting from the owner of Myakka River Motorcoach Resort. And this will be our home for the next six months until we return to Canada.

We stayed here last year and we connected with so many wonderful people that we knew we had to come back. Aside from the awesome community at Myakka, it is hard to beat the views from the front of our coach. We have a riverside lot and we enjoy awesome sunsets.

Our coach is nestled amongst the palm trees with an expansive site. Life does not get much better than this.

We decided to arrive a few days earlier than planned and we skipped our stay at Bay Lake. It was a very long drive from Hilton Head Island Motorcoach Resort to Myakka. Part of the drive took us through the horrendous construction work that is ongoing on I-4 in Orlando. Not fun.

I will take a couple of days to rest and recover although I will be very busy in the woodshed preparing for several guitar dates in Florida and in Canada.

Nice to be back in shorts and t-shirts. Awesome to reconnect with our friends.

Here is a short video showing our arrival into Myakka.

Buffalo Creek Park and Trails

Hiking the great outdoors. We’ve enjoyed beautiful weather in this part of North Carolina and I really wanted to get outside and explore the area.

I’ve been spending most of my time inside the coach since we arrived at Lake Lure, North Carolina. This has been my office for the past week.

At the end of the month, I will be flying back to Canada to play lead guitar for a Christmas event in the Toronto area. I needed to get a bunch of Christmas tunes under my fingers before I fly out and this was the week to get it done. One more day of practice and I should have most of that concert memorized. Lots of guitar playing in Florida as well. My fingers are getting sore.

I’ll be on lead guitar with Paul Baloche. Here he is in a Christmas concert from 2017.

A few days back, the need to get outside continued to grow. Spending most of the day inside a coach practicing is tough to do when surrounded by such a beautiful area. Especially with the sun and mild temperatures.

Lorraine and I decided to hike Buffalo Creek.

Buffalo Creek park is situated on the slopes of Weed Patch Mountain near Lake Lure. The park covers over 1,500 acres and includes a variety of hiking trails. We opted for the main loop trail which is roughly 4 miles in length from the trailhead and back. Although you might see some wording at the trailhead suggesting that the hike is easy to moderate, it is definitely an intermediate level hike. The trail gains almost 1,000 feet in elevation and it took us almost 3 hours to complete the hike.

A few images to share. The trail is in a deeply wooded area and, given the time of year, offered some beautiful fall colours.

Apple Valley Farm Video

There are some places where we stay that deserve the time that it takes to make a video and Apple Valley Farm Motorcoach Resort is one of those places.

I hope you enjoy the video walkthrough of the resort. We are thoroughly enjoying our time here at site 148. We’ll be sad to go in a couple of days.

Apple Valley Farm Motorcoach Resort

Paradise. The Cambridge dictionary defines it this way: a place or condition of great happiness where everything is exactly as you would like it to be. That is how I would sum up our experience at Apple Valley Farm Motorcoach Resort.

Bob McKee, owner of McKee’s 37 and McKee’s RV, invited us to spend some time at one of his sites at Apple Valley. The site we are on, site 148, is available for purchase and, if you were looking to own a bit of paradise, this site should be on your list.

I have posted about McKee’s products a few times, here and here. I’ve used McKee’s RV and car care products to detail our vehicles for many years. Great products and outstanding customer service.

Apple Valley is a Class A motorcoach resort located in Lake Lure, North Carolina. We arrived here on Saturday and we have been thoroughly enjoying the park, the beautiful fall colours and the pleasant weather.

The resort is a relatively small and closely knit community with 46 sites situated around this lake.

Quiet and peaceful. Early morning walks reward you with a wonderful connection to nature. There is nothing like being out in the refreshing mountain air. The coaches blend into the landscape, almost hidden by the trees and vegetation.

Our coach is parked here.

Our site has two decks. This is the upper deck.

One side of the deck runs almost the full length of the coach with several seating areas.

And the front of the deck offers wonderful views of the surrounding country.

A stairway leads down to the lower deck.

Great views of the park from here. Looking forward you have the water and the mountains.

And looking towards the right you can just make out the sites that are located within the towering trees.

Each site at Apple Valley has its own charm. Like this one.

All of the sites are generous in size with mature landscaping.

Our site includes a dedicated parking area for our toad.

This is our first visit to Apple Valley Farm Motorcoach Resort and it won’t be our last. A beautiful spot to consider if you are ever in the North Carolina area. We love it here.

Stonewall Jackson

It was a dark and stormy night. Let’s just say that the start of our journey south was a bit challenging. No issues at the border crossing. We handed over our Nexus cards, the officer asked us where we were going and how long we were staying after which he returned our cards and said “Have a nice day.”

The day was not nice for driving. It was a day filled with torrential downpours, high winds and tornado warnings. Oh, and bitter cold. Even after driving 600 kilometres south.

A long drive in the coach. Too long really. We were up at 5am and it took us two hours to prep and get the coach on the road. A 600 kilometre drive should take about 6 hours in theory. We were closer to 10 hours by the time we pulled into Stonewall Jackson State Park. It was good to get the jacks down and recover from the drive.

We spent two nights at Stonewall Jackson.

We had site 12.

Site 12 is one of the few 50 amp sites in the park. Most of the sites are paved although the pavement is very narrow. Our site was not level. We noticed that fifth wheels had a lot of difficulty backing into their sites. The loops here are very tight.

I had no issue parking the coach. We had a clear line of sight for our satellite and the park WiFi was much better than when we stayed here last year, meaning that we could at least do email and browse the web.

When we arrived, there was a break in the storm. That allowed us to setup without getting drenched.

The Canadian RV community, especially in the Class A coach community, is pretty small and we are never surprised when we bump into friends on the road. A couple that we have connected with several times over the years just happened to be staying here. We enjoyed a wonderful evening with them at a nice restaurant in the main lodge.

A few photos to share from the state park. Even though the sky was very overcast, I hope you can get a sense of the beauty of this particular spot.

A wooden pedestrian bridge connects the campground to the resort which you can see on the upper right hand side of the photo.

As Lorraine quickly found out, the people that live here in West Virginia are very, very tall.

There are a few piers along the lake. If the weather had been warmer, we might have rented a kayak or a canoe. The temperature this day was close to freezing. We opted to hike instead.

Several trails can be reached from the main lodge. We elected to follow the Lakeside trail, over 3 miles in length, although much of that trail was through deeply forested areas.

A few shots from the trail within the woods.

So many leaves. At times it was hard to find the trail but we manage to make it back to our coach.

We left Stonewall Jackson on Saturday and made our way to Apple Valley Farm Motorcoach Resort in Lake Lure, North Carolina where we are now. We will be staying here for the week.

Apple Valley Farm Motorcoach resort is a stunning place and I’ll share more about this place in tomorrow’s post.