Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Biltmore House, Ashville, NC

This is a view of Biltmore House taken from the front lawn.  You can see some of the thousands of tourists visiting the home.  We arrived there at 10 am and our ticket indicated that we would not be allowed into the house until after 11 am.  By the way, my "senior" ticket cost $59.00  - - -Wow!  Photography is not allowed inside the house.  

For those who always want to know, I paid $2.35 for gas in South Carolina.  That's up from $1.87 the last trip.  

I-40 Westbound - Treky loves this view - So do a lot of our readers.  The folks from the west like the green and the flatlanders love the mountains.  Ron, Tippy and Treky have never met a highway that we didn't like. Treky says, "The worst highway we ever traveled on was wonderful"

There are flowers everywhere.

There's Treky parked with the compact cars comfortably.  His air conditioner is running off of his four golf cart style batteries to keep Tippy cool.  Tippy is not allowed out of Treky here.  They are not pet friendly.  The air conditioner ran off the batteries for about three hours and still showed abut 75 percent full.

This is a view from one of the porches of a garden equipped with a pool and fountain, trimmed shrubs and statues.  Everyone should have such a garden.

The house is located on an 8,000 acre estate.  George W Vanderbilt built the home in 1895 as an escape from everyday life.  The house has 250 rooms (that's what the guide said).  

I counted five stories above the ground.

The drive to and from the house through the estate in worth the price of admission.  The roads wind around and around up and down.  It took Treky 40 minutes to exit the estate and get back on  city streets.

More estate flowers - - also, the Mountain Laurel is blooming in the mountains along I-26 and I-40.  May is a nice time in the North Carolina/Tennessee mountains.

We should arrive at the KOA in Nashville tomorrow.  It's located on Music Valley Drive - Isn't that a nice sounding address - Music Valley Drive.

Ron, Tippy and Treky

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