Blowing Rock

Oct. 8, 2017

(Photo by Jay Capers)

Hike #40 – #52hikechallenge – Bass Lake and Carriage Trails Blowing Rock, NC

(Photo by Jay Capers)

I woke up to heavy fog, but no rain, so off to the trails.

(Photo by Jay Capers)

It started raining as I headed back, so I stayed around the trail head for extra pictures.

(Photo by Jay Capers)

Back to the mountain house, help my brother winterize it and then say goodbye.

(Photo by Jay Capers)

Rather than head home, I spent some time exploring, revisiting past dirt roads and looking at new one.

(Photo by Jay Capers)

 

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(Photo by Jay Capers)

A fun day, hiking short trails, driving down dirt roads to find gates or barns, and taking the home way home.

Aug. 13, 2017

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How to start a perfect day? I found this book my grandmother gave my great-grandmother in the mountain cabin published in 1985. Written by Earl Thollander it describes back road routes across North and South Carolina… so we decided to follow his route out of Blowing Rock.

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I had driven a part of it a year or so, but didn’t get down to Globe, NC – Sunday morning at the Globe Baptist Church.

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on his map there were several waterfalls marked, this photo doesn’t do this one justice, it’s not the waterfall but the swimming hole – I will be back!

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Across the road was a pretty waterfall with several sections.

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Even the bottom was nice.

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Then it was time to work are way back toward an afternoon hike, running Forest Service roads and 221…

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We skipped lunch on the road since it started raining hard, but cleared in time to hike the Boone Fork Trail Loop. Hike #29 #52hikechallenge

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Hebron Falls on the BFT

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and just a pretty spot on the trail. We said goodbye to my brother and sister in law as a heavy rain started and we drove home, stopping in High Point for a Mexican dinner. Just about a perfect day (If only I had the motivation to get out of bed and ride before we left in the morning)

June 25, 2017

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I started early for a spin from the house to the top of the Linn Cove Viaduct

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A cloudy and chilly start but I had the roads to myself!

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My brother said he had enough working for the weekend and wanted to do touristy things, so we did a hike and lunch at Mellow Mushroom. This is Hike #21 of #52hikechallenge (been a month since my last hike) But a nice short hike in downtown Blowing Rock to Glen Burney Falls.

May 14, 2017

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Mother’s Day – Breakfast in bed. (Uncle Wayne, do you recognize the pan?)

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Deb went back to bed to celebrate her day and I went for bike ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway. This is me trying to rescue a snake.

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Then some work around the “mountain place” including yard work and finding thsi salamander.

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Then it was time to hike. #19 #52hikechallenge – Gragg Prong Falls. Sam and I started last year to hike to these falls, but it was getting woods dark and we didn’t have a place to camp yet so we turned around, really glad we went back, awesome place and great swimming hole when it warms up.

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The whole hike is beautiful!

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There are a couple of creek crossings, in the end we gave up trying to keep the boots dry!

May 13, 2017

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It’s been a long semester for Sam and me, so we needed a weekend away!

First stop – Moravian Falls near North Wilkesboro. A road side stop, but always pretty.

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Then to Hike #18 #52hikechallenge – The Glen Burney Trail in Boone and the Glen Burney Falls.

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A detail of falls.

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The whole hike is pretty, including the Cascades.

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and The Ruins, Boone’s former Waste Treatment plant (last used in 1929!

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and a night at the “mountain place” – Deb and I still slept in the Tacoma! It is so relaxing here, you can see Grandfather Mountain, the trees in the wind sounds more like the ocean and in the morning the whistle blowing of Tweetsie Railroad.

Nov. 19, 2016

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A busy 24 hours. After yesterday’s ride I drove to Blowing Rock and camped in the front yard of grandmother’s mountain retreat. My brother Bill (and I – after paying for girl’s college) bought it from family and spent the day on upkeep. Raked year’s worth of leaves, washed the sides free of algae, re-hung gutters and cleaned the inside.