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Our Trip to
The Alamo Motel

Hello, my name is Kelly, and I would like to share my adventure to North Carolina and my stay at The Alamo Motel. The picture you see here is a picture of our cottage. (When I say "our" I mean; Al-my hubby and I.) It was so quaint, and cozy. The front porch is where we sat and drank our coffee each morning, may not look like much from this view, but if you look at the next picture you will see what we looked at and why I can say "WOW!"
Our Hosts, Dave and Debbie, were very informative and welcoming. Dave has been vacationing in this area for well over 20 years before he purchased the hotel and cottages. He knows where to go and what to see. You can tell by these two pictures that they take pride in the land. Bird feeders, beautiful lush lawn, picnic tables and landscaping throughout the hotel and cottages gave it a park type feel. We were welcome to use the bbq grills, gas or charcoal, and with the free wireless internet I could go just about anywhere and check my email and surf the web. But the view of the mountains left us speechless. So quiet and calming, the mountains were behind the cottage also, and we had a daily visit from a family of cow's, not to mention the creek.
This creek ran right by the far window in the cottage, I slept every night with the window open listening to the rumble passing bye. It was so relaxing and I fell into a deep sleep feeling so alive when I would wake up to the same sound. I don't know why it is just such a great feeling.
The cottage was stocked with pots, pans, plates, and everything I needed to make us breakfast, lunch and dinner. We saved money by eating at the cottage. The kitchen came with a gas stove and refrig big enough for all our needs.
Much to our disappointment, it rained our first full day in NC. We did not know exactly what to do. Dave suggested we go up to the Sheffield Mine to mine for Rubies and Sapphires. I went on-line and looked it up, I followed the directions exactly and it took us about 25-30 minutes to get there. The ride was beautiful, with so much to see! It was raining but still great. We followed the directions on the website to bring extra shoes, clothes, and a bag to put the muddy stuff in, cause the mine was muddy! It was really cool cause we had an awning over us and we did not really get that wet, or feel uncomfortable. We found a honker and 2 squeakers, we had to go back again before we left, we even extended our vacation one more day to do that!
The following day was the best weather! We went up the mountain to Cataloochee Park. The following pictures are just briefly what we looked at. There are plenty more pictures, but I will not give away the whole adventure. We also had the opportunity to see Elk so close you could almost touch them, of course the camera was out of batteries by that time, they only come out in the evening. There is also a scenic rest area that will take your breath away. We took video and pictures and I will also leave that adventure a mystery. After all, North Carolina can be a great adventure for you and your family!
Ok, so I saved my favorite site for last, the Waterfalls... We only had time to see about 3, but it is hard to leave once you get to them, cause they are so cool! I really loved this part of the trip and can not wait to go back to see more waterfalls, find more Rubies, and maybe check out the Cherokee National Park for a little hiking - Dave said "Unto these Hills" was a wonderful experience. I understand Trout fishing is really good! It was a very exciting, reasonably priced vacation, that we both highly recommend to all!