Six Days, Two Archery Competitions

The first event was the inaugural opening of the PGF Outdoors, Indoor 18-meter League competition. The next day was travel leaving the first shoot in Elizabeth City onward to Brevard, both cities in North Carolina. From Brevard I would drive to Columbus, NC to compete in the USA Archery sanctioned Green Creek Archery Club’s Fall Indoor event. During the trip we’d camp, hike, tour and visit our life-long friend, Ken.

Setting up camp Day 1

Shoot number one was the kickoff to the fall indoor league at PGF Outdoors. Each week they allow archers to compete on either Thursday night or Saturday morning. The flexible timing is good for most people. It can be difficult for families to join a league that only shoots at 7:00 PM on a school night. The alternatives allow schedule constrained people two choices. Even with the divided schedule there was a fair turn out for the Thursday night event.

PGF Outdoors League

Friday, Brenda, my wife, and I along with our two dogs River and Nixie headed to High Point, NC while hauling our Winnebago camper. The final stop would be Brevard, NC where we’d camp. On Sunday, the day of the second event, I’d drive to Columbus, NC to compete in the Green Creek Archers USA Archery Sanctioned 18-Meter fall event.

The lake at Oak Hallow

The drive across North Carolina is a long one. If you can it is fun to stop along the drive then spend a day enjoying the diversities across the State. North Carolina offers beaches on the east and mountains in the west. It is really a very beautiful state and a great place live (even if you are a Georgian from birth and at heart.).

One of the several wildfires burning in NC

We did just that, stopping about midway between the Atlantic Ocean and the Pisgah National Forest. Midpoint was near High Point. The Oak Hollow campground where we stayed has 110 sites of which only 20 were occupied. The campground was very clean and there is a nice sized lake next to the campsites.

Oak Hallow is a large campground that was nearly empty.

From Oak Hollow we packed, reconnected camper to truck, and headed to Brevard for two nights at the Adventure Village. By comparison to Oak Hollow, Adventure Village is a dive. Well, my any standard, this campground is a dive. What Adventure Village has going for it is location. The campsite offers easy access to excellent hiking and mountain bike trails. It is close to Brevard, which is a very cool city, and where out life long from Ken lives.

Campsite number 2, days 3 and 4
Night in Brevard

Ken and his late wife Dianne are our children’s’ godparents. It was always a treat when we get to see Ken, which is several times a year. While I competed at the indoor tournament held on Sunday, Brenda along with Ken and two of his friends attended a classical concert in Brevard. Later, when I returned, we headed to Ken’s house where dinner was prepared and I mostly watched the Pittsburgh / Dallas football game. Sadly we didn’t get to stay as long as we’d have liked because there was still a two-day drive home and another shoot to attend.

Smoke in the mountains near our campsite

On the round trip we stopped in Mebane, NC. There we stayed at the Jones Station RV Park. That is one of the nicer parks where we’ve stayed. We’ll plan to stay there again.

Campsite number 3

We needed a few supplies and wanted to visit the Historic District so we headed into Mebane. Mebane is located mostly in Alamance and Orange Counties of North Carolina.  Named for General Alexander Mebane, Jr., and American Revolutionary War general and member of the U.S. Congress, it was incorporated as “Mebanesville” in 1881. Mebanesville became Mebane in 1883.(1) The town had a lot of Southern Charm and some really good-looking restaurants.  Alas, our meal ready back at the camper

Morning fog, not smoke, in Mebane

We did, however, need bread and a few other groceries that we’d eat once we got back home in New Hope. Additionally, we wanted to find a Redbox and rent a movie. Of course, the camper has an entertainment center, flat screen TV, and DVD player – camping is not what I remember from my youth in hot canvas tents. So we ran a few errands while we returned to camp.

Beer row in Lowe’s

In Mebane we discovered a Lowe’s Food Fresh Smart. We’d never been into one the Lowe’s grocery stores. We were very surprised. It was well stocked, bright, clean, and the service was exceptional.

Produce section

After the food purchase we headed back to our caravan. There we ate spaghetti and meat meals. Outside it was damp, foggy and misting so there was not much after dinner hiking. There was morning hiking the next day.

Heading home

Once, the morning hikes for the dogs were completed we began the final leg of our 6 day trip. Home again, home again – two shoots down.