Snow and Ice on the way to Waynesville

We enjoyed the scenery as we drove from Brevard to Waynesville, North Carolina last Thursday. It had snowed the night before and a dusting of snow remained in the shaded areas beside US-276. Some exposed rockfaces were encased in ice, while some had long icicles hanging from them. We took time to stop and visit Looking Glass Falls, one of my favorite waterfalls in our state.

Looking Glass Falls, beside US-276 in Pisgah National Forest in Transylvania County, NC is 60 feet high.
Looking Glass Falls, beside US-276 in Pisgah National Forest in Transylvania County, NC is 60 feet high.

There are two views of Looking Glass Falls in my vintage postcard book, The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

Icicles  at Looking Glass Falls.
Icicles at Looking Glass Falls.

It was a cold but bright sunny day. I love driving on curvy mountain roads. US-276 is a good one. It was a great day!

Ice-covered exposed rocks in Looking Glass Creek.
Ice-covered exposed rocks in Looking Glass Creek.

We visited Mast General Store on North Main Street in Waynesville, North Carolina. No visit to Mast General Store is complete without a trip to the candy section. You pick up a basket and select how much of each wrapped candies you wish to purchase. You pay by the pound of candy; it’s all the same price. In addition to current popular candies, they sell some old-fashioned candies that were all the rage in the mid-20th century.

Mast General Store on North Main Street, Waynesville, NC.
Mast General Store on North Main Street, Waynesville, NC.

I was happy to find my book on display and for sale at Mast General Store. I hope it’s available at all their locations in western North and South Carolina.

My book displayed at Mast General Store in Waynesville, NC.
My book displayed at Mast General Store in Waynesville, NC.

Highland Books in Brevard, North Carolina

Our next stop last Thursday after lunch in Saluda was Highland Books in Brevard, North Carolina. What a nice independent bookstore in this college and tourist town. I was thrilled to find two copies of my vintage postcard book, The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, on the shelf in the regional books section!

Highland Books in Brevard, NC
Highland Books in Brevard, NC

I got to meet the bookstore owners, Peggy and Tim Hansen. They asked me to autograph my books and then Peggy affixed “Autographed Copy” stickers on the front covers and put a “Signed by the Author” sign on the shelf.

Janet, signing copies of her book at Highland Books in Brevard, NC.
Janet, signing copies of her book at Highland Books in Brevard, NC.

They were really nice people. I was glad I got to thank them personally for making my book available in their store. I could get used to this!

My book on the shelf at Highland Books in Brevard, NC.
My book on the shelf at Highland Books in Brevard, NC.

Check in tomorrow to see where we went next.

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Fireside Books and Gifts in Shelby, NC

I set out last Thursday on a fabulous weekend in the mountains of North Carolina. It was a combination trip for business and pleasure. Thursday was almost exclusively dedicated to publicizing and marketing my vintage postcard book, The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. It was a crisp, clear winter day. Conditions couldn’t have been better for the busy day I had planned.

Fireside Books and Gifts in Shelby, NC
Fireside Books and Gifts in Shelby, NC

My first stop was Fireside Books and Gifts in downtown Shelby, North Carolina. Carrie, there, was very friendly and gracious. When I introduced myself and showed her my book, she immediately said, “I’m expecting two copies of it to arrive today.” Needless to say, I was thrilled that she had heard of the book and had already placed an order!

Fireside Books and Gifts is a nice independent bookstore in the county seat of Cleveland County. Shelby area residents are fortunate to have such a good bookstore.

It was encouraging to start the day with such a positive experience.

With my sister/trusty photographer in tow, my next stop was for a hamburger at Ward’s Grill in Saluda. Ward’s is adjacent to Thompson’s Store, which is the oldest grocery store in operation in the state of North Carolina. Founded in 1890, it has been in operation for 124 years!

From Saluda, it was on to a bookstore in Brevard. Stay tuned!