Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Wheels Through Time Museum, Maggie Valley, North Carolina

The last place I thought I would visit in Maggie Valley was ‘Wheels Through Time’ museum.  It is owned by Dale Walksler who was featured on the History Channel in his own show a few years ago.

When I talked about visiting Maggie Valley, and mentioned Wheels Through Time Museum, I saw a light bulb go on in my husband’s head…he said, “That guy Dale is on TV,  I watched his show.”  So, since I’m a nice person and since he takes me wherever I want to go I thought he might enjoy touring the museum.

Lucky for us it was just a hop, skip and jump from our rental cottage.  After lunch one day off we went to the huge metal building that is the museum.  It sits back off the main drag, Socco Road, and as you pull in the parking lot you will see lot of motorcycles belonging to the visitors.  Our SUV was one of the few non-cycle vehicles around!

I love Paula Deen and if I were to run into her at one of her restaurants I know I would jump for joy.  Well, my husband wasn’t quite that excited but he was surprised and happy to see Dale sitting out in front of the building.  We stopped and chatted with him for a few minutes. I forgot to take a photo but we went back to him on the way out and I got this one. A very nice man and a pleasure to chat with.

It is quite a place:  40,000 square feet with over 350 vehicles of all kinds…all old, some shinny and some not so much!  It’s two levels, but after walking one level we had seen enough and my nose had the smell of gasoline and I needed fresh air.

If you are into this sort of thing and are in the Maggie Valley, North Carolina area, you might want to put this on your bucket list.  The admission is $15 for an adult which is reasonable for all there is to see. 

If motor cycles aren’t your thing they are also many old cars, old bicycles as well as old farm equipment.  There are people there who are more than willing to answer your questions.  Of course there is a gift shop where you can pick up a souvenir of your visit.

You may think this is a ‘man’s’ thing, but at least half the people in there were woman.  They have chairs throughout so you can rest a while; it’s a lot of walking!  They also offer a free bottle of water on your way out.

After we left we went to an antique shop across the road, which believe it or not wasn’t as interesting as the “Wheels Through Time’ Museum.

Photos belong to AbbyG

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Overcoming Obstacles - New YouTube Series

This article accidentally posted here instead of my other blog. Given that so many people follow both blogs, I'm leaving the article in place as a help to others.

Travel has been very helpful to me. Connecting with a meeting others is a driving force behind healing, mission trips and even my vacations. My life isn't meant to be lived from the comfort of a recliner, but filled with journeys that answer the question of "What's beyond the next curve?"

Obstacles don't have to keep you from living the life fully. Come, follow me on my journey. I have found ways to overcome challenges in my life and you probably have too. Let's share them and learn. The new series is on Sunday nights at 7:00 pm eastern time. 

Check out the video below. Love it? Hate it? Let me know in the comments. I value all opinions, comments and thoughts.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

My birthday dinner at J. Arthur’s Restaurant, Maggie Valley, North Carolina

When we decided on Maggie Valley, North Carolina for my birthday vacation I spotted the name J. Arthur’s Restaurant on many restaurant listings.  I read reviews and the majority were very positive.  I knew that would be my birthday dinner choice!

The restaurant was just a few minutes away from our rental cottage.  We are ‘early eaters’ and knew the restaurant opens at 4:00, which is good for us.  We got there a little after that time and the smells were mouthwatering already!

We were seated in the large dining room and our server appeared shortly thereafter.  We ordered our drinks, soda for my husband and sweet tea for me. We knew what we wanted and were ready to order!

I told my husband I was getting a shrimp cocktail, after all it was my birthday and I deserved a treat!  I went with the prime rib with a side of mashed potatoes and asparagus.  My husband didn’t order the shrimp cocktail, which surprised me.  He ordered the NY strip steak with a baked potato and salad.

When my shrimp cocktail arrived my husband ‘thought’ we were going to share it – no way!  He then ordered his own.  The shrimp were huge and their cocktail sauce was out of this world.

When they brought his salad out it was enough for two so our server brought a bowl for me so that he and I could share.  We were served warm from the oven rolls at that point and then the short wait for our entrees began.

My husband loves NY strip steak and while this one was probably the most expensive one he’s ever eaten, it said it was the best steak he has had in his entire life (and that’s 74 years worth of time!)

My prime rib unfortunately was floating in au jus, which most places serve in a separate dish.  I am not a fan of au jus; it’s too salty for me.  I cut into the prime rib and the first several bites were very good, tender and flavorful.  As time went on and the meat sat it seemed to get a little tough.  Or maybe I was just getting full and it seemed that way.  I did manage to eat more than half of it.  The remainder became a doggie bag for our Ruby and she said it was fine!

I probably could have complained about the prime rib, but since it was my birthday dinner I didn’t really feel like getting into anything negative!  We had more than enough food so no desserts for us.  I didn’t even ask what they had but I bet it was good.

The restaurant was empty when we arrived, but by the time we left it had filled up nicely.  It was fairly quiet even though it is a big room.  While the majority of the customers were seniors, there were a few younger couples and even a few motorcycle folks. 

The food overall was excellent, the ambiance excellent and the service excellent.  If we are ever back in Maggie Valley, North Carolina we certainly would revisit J. Arthur's Restaurant.  I would, however, order the steak!

You can check out their menu and other information at their website - click here!

J. Arthur’s Restaurant
2843 Soco Road (Hwy. 19)
Maggie Valley, NC

Photos belong to AbbyG