A few miles on the Blue Ridge Parkway took us from Maggie Valley to Cherokee. Every day the colors looked more vibrant. We took our time on the short journey and enjoyed the views from every pullout.
By noon on Sunday we had checked in and paid for our week in Cherokee. We had been looking forward to this gathering since leaving home the end of August. Only one other egg there when we arrived. A lady from the Outer Banks with a 13’ Scamp.
Monday was cloudy so we made a Walmart run, then a drive down the Nantahala Gorge and over the Cherohola Skyway. Rain and fog made up the majority of the day. Tuesday morning we awoke to more rain. We had a leisurely breakfast, then decided to make a drive over the mountains to Townsend, Tennessee. Wanda wanted to visit a dulcimer shop there, and it seemed the best thing to do when the forecast was 100% rain and thunderstorms. The ride over was really pretty in a way. Rain and clouds, with waterfalls everywhere.
As we arrived in Townsend, Wanda’s phone rang. Her mom had been in the hospital for a few days due to dehydration. Wanda’s brother was visiting her each day and keeping us updated on her condition. She was scheduled to be discharged that morning. Sometime Monday night she had managed to get out of bed, and had fallen. Broken cheekbone and ribs. Wanda said she felt the need to get home, so off we went. Back over the mountain, stopping by the campground office to inform them of the situation, and that we were leaving. Sorry, no refunds.
Hooked up and out of the campground by 4 PM. Arrived home eleven hours later. Wanda was up and on her way to Jackson by 8 AM. She spent Wednesday, and most of Thursday there, getting her mom settled back at her nursing facility on Thursday afternoon.
The third weekend of October is the time of the Great Mississippi River Balloon Races. We had made no plans to attend, but decided to drive over on Saturday morning. We could visit with family, as well as some old friends. Arrived just in time to see a number of balloons hanging around the target.
Watched our guys as they passed over.
We followed along with the crew, and helped them pack up. From there, we spent the remainder of the day hanging out with family and friends. Enjoyed a beautiful day outside, overlooking the mighty Mississippi River. As we were leaving Natchez, we received another phone call. Mom back in hospital.
Wanda’s back in Jackson for an undetermined period of time…..