Road Trip: Cherokee, North Carolina

On the road to North Carolina

Fabgrandpa and I took a short road trip last week to celebrate his birthday. We drove up to Cherokee, North Carolina for a little R&R and to hang out with our friends, Rob and Terry. We only got to stay one night, but it was a lot of fun.

The river was so pleasant

The trip up was uneventful, thank goodness, since we had to drive on I-20, I-85 and I-985 to get there. I know, I am a full time RV’er and we go places all the time, but I really don’t like traffic at all. And since we live in the RV full time, when we go somewhere for a short trip, we stay in a motel just like anyone else would. I booked our room at Microtel in Cherokee online before we left. I usually do book online, because it is so quick and easy to do. Then when we arrive, all I have to do is show my ID and I’m checked in. Easy.

What a beautiful day!

On Thursday night, we went to Harrah’s Casino to play the slots, and have a couple of drinks.  We had a good time, but didn’t win anything. We never do, but we still have fun. The last couple of times we went there, we ate at Paula Deens Restaurant, but none of us really liked it so we went to the buffet instead. The buffet was delicious but it was expensive! $25 per person, YIKES!

everything was just ducky!

After a quick breakfast on Friday morning, we strolled along the riverbank for a bit to enjoy the view and the sound of the water rushing by. The ducks were out, too.

Great Smokey Mountains Visitor Center in Cherokee

We decided to drive over to the new (well, new as of last year) Visitor’s Center for the Great Smokey Mountains National Park in Cherokee. It was a very nice building with some interesting displays of life in the Smokey Mountains a hundred years ago.

A display about quilts and sewing clothing

There is a lot to do in Cherokee, just wish we had more time. All too soon we had to get on the road home, though. Next time, we are going to stay a couple more days and go see some of the beauty of the Great Smokey Mountains.

a moonshine still on display

Scenic Sunday


This was taken in western North Carolina in the mountains in October, 1994. Those sumacs were such a brilliant red!

To see more Scenic Sunday photos, click here.

Cherokee, North Carolina

Yesterday, Gary and Faye came and knocked on our door. The first thing Gary said was “I’m bored, let’s go do something.” Since we were just about to walk out the door to get breakfast anyway, we said, “ok, let’s go eat.” We left home about eleven o’clock headed to Cleveland to return some rental movies to Ingles, and after a couple more errands we wound up eating at Huddle House there in Cleveland. While we were sitting there, we decided to drive up to Cherokee, North Carolina, to go to the casino there. After a quick trip to the bank, we started out about 2 pm.

We arrived at the casino around 4 pm. We each had about $40 to contribute to the indian reservation. A couple hours later, FabGrandpa, Faye, and I had each lot all of our money. We found Gary playing a penny slot machine and winning big time. He had about $30 racked up on that machine. We all sat and watched him until he lost all but about $20. He went and cashed out his winnings and we started out the door to go home.

Whiled we were waiting for the shuttle bus to come, we were talking about how much fun we had had so far, and Gary said he would loan us each $5 so we could go back in and play some more. So, we turned around and went back in.

I sat down at a penny slot machine, and put my borrowed $5 in. I did pretty good on that machine, so I sat there for quite some time. When my balance got up to around $60, FabGrandpa and Gary came over to tell me they had lost all of their money. So, when I got the balance up to $73 and change, I cashed out and paid Gary back his $5, and gave FabGrandpa $5 so he could play some more. I went to another machine, and started winning again. When all of the others came over to where I was playing and reported that they had lost all their money again, I decided to cash out and go home. I still had $23 in my purse, so I was the big winner for the day. By the time we got back to Gary’s truck, it was 9:30 pm. Although we didn’t bring home much money, we all had a very good time.

We stopped at a Huddle House somewhere in North Carolina on the way home for dinner. By the time we got back to camp, it was almost midnight. I can not remember having so much fun at a casino before. Oh, and I have to say that EVERY time Lucky Faye sat down next to me, I won BIG. So, if she ever wants to go to a casino with you, make sure she sits next to you.