Enjoy the outside activities in the beautiful mountains

I know I just posted about the fireflies but there is so much to do that I had to tell you about it so you can make plans to attend these events.

The Blue Ridge Chapter of the NC Native Plant Society is announcing dates for their annual plant sales.  They will be held at the Daniel Boone Native Gardens, located on Horn in the West Drive,Boone.  Dates are Saturday May 21 and Saturday June 18,  Both events are from 8:00am-12:00pm, rain or shine.  There will be perennials, annuals, grasses and some rare species will also be available.  Most perennials will be sold in $6.00 quarts and $10.00 gallons.  Trees and shrubs will be individually priced.  

Starting in May, the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center  will host three presentations a week from May 18-July 29.  On Wednesday, they will be at the Valle Crusis Community Park at 11:00am.  On Friday and Saturday, they will be at the Tate Evans Park in Banner Elk at 1:00pm.  

These events are free and a valuable educational opportunity to learn about one of the most important wild lifer resources in the region.  They admit more than 1500 injured or orphaned animals annually.  The goal is to safely release them back to the wild.  If they can’t be released they become animal ambassadors and assist in education and presentations in the park. 

Need to announce the Baby Goat Yoga that is held at the Apple Orchard at 4:30pm on Fridays.  Lee, the owner, says to come and enjoy the goats and other animals while you are relaxing and exercising.  Make sure you bring your own mats… and of course wear clothes that can get dirty.  I have watched the videos and they do seem to have a great time.

There will be a Food Truck Festival at Sugar Mountain on May 28th from 11:00am-5:00pm.  Sounds like a great time will be had by all.  You will also receive a $10.00 pass  for the ski lift ride to the top of Sugar.  Hope to see you there as you know I will be trying all the different foods. 

Speaking of food, I ate at Gideons Ridge and it was fabulous!  The view of the mountains is spectacular and one you will enjoy!!!!  Make sure you call several weeks ahead to get a reservation.  This wonderful restaurant is located in Blowing Rock which is about 45 minutes from the lodge, and worth the trip.  You will enjoy  a panaramic view of the mountains while dining on mouthwatering food.

Our window boxes are full of flowers and the beds are bursting with color too.  The lodge is just beautiful this time of year!!  You can hear the soothing sounds of the river, watch the hummingbirds, butterflies and the birds of the NC mountains.  The hosta and ferns are in their glory.  This is my favorite time of year as I feel like this must be what the garden of eden was like. 

Come enjoy sitting on one of the porches, or down by the river at the fire pit.  Start your mornings with a nice cup of coffee or tea while enjoying what nature has to offer.  What a way to start your  day with the sights and sounds of the mountains and river.

Till next time… Bobbie


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