Monday, May 10, 2010
BOONE NORTH CAROLINA
I've seen two Shoneys on the road. Since the Waffle House chain is dominant-my thought was it must have replaced the Shoneys.
A Shoneys it ain't. Pecan waffles? Yes, but no pecan syrup, that wonderful warm concoction with real butter that sent your taste buds to heaven.
From Greenville, we drove to Boone, N.C. Good historical records prove Daniel Boone actually hunted in this area named for him. Its a hilly town and it took us several try's before we found a suitably level parking spot for the night. One of the "famous" Mast General Stores, made notable by Charles Kuralt in his Backroads television program, proclaimed a Mast Store to be a "destination."
They specialize in folksy goods, along with the usual general store fare. The wide plank wooden floors are to envy. I could have taken every one of these chickens back home to replace those the hawk ate way back in 1989.
I couldn't believe the old fashioned coke machine where you open up the lid and reach in for a bottle. The inside machinery that scooted the bottles along was missing, but it gave me a sweep of nostalgia. Don't we all just love things that are quaint?
It had two floors with everything from toys to shoes but my favorite item, (oh that it could have fit in the motor home), was this comfortable, beautiful rocking chair.
Boone Ridge had a slew of log cabins from different eras. All are authentic domiciles from the area moved to this one spot to be saved from the inevitable forces of nature.