Bruce and I along with Mama and Daddy (Blanche and Jake Wilson) got away for a few days last week and went up to Maggie Valley, NC for a few days.  It was good weather and sort of cool and cloudy most days.  We were hunting something to do or somewhere to ride one day, so I asked the man at the desk for any ideas.  He said that the ride to the Cataloochee Valley was just a wonderful ride and you could see all sorts of wildlife such as elk, turkeys, and maybe even a bear.  He said it was just a most scenic ride.  The Lord have mercy!!!  It was a scenic ride but it scared the daylights out of all of us, except maybe my Daddy.  It was the most curvy road I have ever been on and I mean it was hairpin curves; Bruce would blow his horn to try and warn a car that might have been on the other side of the curve….it was that bad.  There were no guard rails and it was just like you could just fall off the side of the mountain and I mean go straight down.

We were up in the treetops and the clouds.  When it started to rain some, I said, “Oh my, it is raining!!”  Bruce said, “Honey, this is where the rain is made!!”  It’s a thousand wonders I didn’t get vertigo;  I just tried not to look down; that would have done it for me!  We all said, “There is no way we are coming back this way–we don’t care if it is an hour out of the way, there is no way we are coming back that way.”  Well, guess what!!  When we got down to the valley, there were about 20 or so elk out in a pasture and more were crossing the road.  There was a game warden monitoring them, so we rolled the window down to ask him about another way back to Maggie Valley.  He said, “There is no way, the only way back is the way you came.”  I told him, “I just don’t believe we can do it; I need a pill or something; it nearly gave us a heart attack!”  We couldn’t believe it!!  He proceeded to tell us that three workers were killed while they were building the road; well that didn’t help any!!  I know a portion of I-40 was closed on that Thursday because of rock slides, so maybe if it had been open we could have come back a different way; don’t know.  We had been praying the whole way, so we said another one and started creeping back.

Well we made it back by creeping; we did see a lot of elk, two of the biggest turkey gobblers that we had ever seen, but no bears.  I just cannot advise that road for anyone!!   On our way from Maggie Valley to Cherokee we did see a gorgeous elk on the side of the road with a beautiful velvety rack.   Everyone remember to mark your calendars for the revival to be held at Antioch Baptist Church in Godfrey June 15 through June 18.  On Sunday the 15th, they will have morning services only and then Monday through Wednesday services will be held at 7 p.m.  Pastor Milton Wood, a former pastor at the First Baptist Church of Social Circle will be the guest preacher and James Butler of Brownwood Baptist Church will be leading the music.  We all want to send out congratulations to Greg and Allison Thompson here in the Bethany community on their arrival of their little girl on this past Saturday.  They have named her Aliza Kate.

Charles and Debbie McClain are the proud grandparents and Mrs. Edna McClain is the great-grandmother.  Will was happy to welcome his big sister home!  We also send out a very Happy Birthday to Hayden Roling who turned seven years old last week.  Hayden is the son of Chad and Holly Roling.  He celebrated with friends and family at a skating party on Saturday at Got-To-B Rolling skating rink in Buckhead.  Sarah Nell Craig attended the ballet recital for her granddaughter, Peyton Kenny, on Saturday afternoon in Acworth.  Afterward, Peyton and her twin sisters, Elise and Meri all came home with Grandma to spend this coming week with their grandparents while their parents, Stephanie and Aaron Kenny are on a sailing trip to the British Virgin Islands.  Julia Gay Sabbadino of Greenvile, SC is also planning to come and spend the week with all of them to help out with babysitting duties. Marci and Jeff Campbell have been across the big pond this past week where Jeff competed in the Tony Stone Low and Slow BBQ contest in the Netherlands.

He did quite well, I understand.  How you would get all your stuff and act together way over there is way beyond me; I have a hard time just getting it done in the back yard!!  They were hoping to meet up with our Tim while in the area, but time constraints prohibited it.  Crew and Larry Brewer visited Frances Brewer one day last week.  This was the first time that Crew had been able to come in a good while.  His wife, Hilda, is in declining health and Crew is a good nurse and helpmate to her.  Becky and George Haley also visited on Thursday. All of the Haley brothers and sisters enjoyed their monthly get-together this past Thursday night at Cracker Barrel here in Madison.  James and Inez Brewer, Robert and Janice Haley, George and Becky Haley and Dwight and Dorothy Eaton enjoyed the night.  Ben Porter had his first goat showing at the Walton County Goat Show this past Saturday.  He won Senior Showmanship and then went on to win Reserve Champion of the show.

Will Porter survived the first week of 4-H camp down at Rock Eagle where they had over 1100 campers.  Will works in the canteen down at the camp.  The 4-H counselors still put on the pageant telling the story of Rock Eagle every Thursday night during camping season.  It is at the amphitheater there at the camp and starts at dusk.  They also have a 4th of July fireworks show…I will try to find out the date of that.  Tommy and Raynor Cathey along with their grandson, Jake Harris and his cousin, Kodi Blanton enjoyed spending a few days at Pigeon Forge, Tenn. last week.  Jake and Kodi especially enjoyed going to The Dixie Stampede while there.  There is a sign on the store formerly known as The Gathering Place in Buckhead which says that Bennie Paul’s Soul Food will open on June 12th.  We need to keep our eyes open for that!