A sign along a morning bike ride on gravel and dirt roads.
Then off to find a waterfall I looked for before, but didn’t get to.
Thunderhole Falls – Hike #42
The trail to the falls is unmarked and requires a little bush whacking.
But worth the effort.
This is only the top, it has a lower fall section too.
Remember the bushwhacking part? This is the climb up, I don’t know if we could have made it without the rope!
after the hike we went driving looking for color and dirt roads. Old NC 105 follows a ridge and includes this overlook of Linville Gorge at Wiseman’s View.
Taco and Silvervale Falls.
Hike #41 Bass Lake
Sam finds her inner Ansel.
It’s Friday! I get off work on time and Sam is locked down at school for a Tornado warning (watch?) so I decide to take a quick nap as a thunderstorm starts to hit the area…. but No No (the cat) is going nuts, howling, etc. Finally Deb decides to follow him to the basement thinking they must be out of food, nope the food is covered in water, the basement has flooded from the storm – read no nap today – we make a lot of progress when Sam calls and she can be picked up. I drive through what feels like Noah’s Ark rain (4 inches in less than 1/2 hour) only to get home and find the basement flooded again. I have been picking at Deb to go through all her boxes down there, now I know how to make her do it! I know this isn’t Houston flooding but what a bad way to start a 3 day weekend!
The day started bright and clear skies (we made a great choice) we did a quick hike – Hike #30 of #52hikechallenge on the Upper Chattooga River trail.
After the hike, we claimed the big rock in the middle of the river and I feel asleep on my blanket under a bright blue sky. I awoke an hour later with a chill to a completely gray sky – (we made the wrong choice)
Even in the cloudy woods, as total eclipse started, the woods got as dark as night! This picture is only the start, I gave up it was so dark!
After totality, the sun broke through the clouds for some pictures – it was still so cloudy, this is without a filter!
as the eclipse continued, we saw more and more…
Even Kodak was protected!
James, Beth and my family. We may have missed seeing the totality, but had a blast, experienced the feeling of totality, and enjoyed the long drive home on small back roads, following the Gazetteer.
Where to go for the Eclipse 2017? After studying weather maps, forecasts, cloud coverage predictions, we chose a spot in Nantahala National Forest near the NC/SC line. We found a spot just above Pot Hole Falls.
Sam wades in the water in late afternoon light.
Mini pies and American Honey = a great evening!
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.
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.
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!
Across the road was a pretty waterfall with several sections.
Even the bottom was nice.
Then it was time to work are way back toward an afternoon hike, running Forest Service roads and 221…
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
Hebron Falls on the BFT
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)
Captain Sam heads across Lake Murray.
a quick visit with my brother at his lake house, exploring, playing on the boat, swimming and a Low Country Boil
a great day!
Sam and I headed to the mountains, meeting my brother and sister-in-law to work on our little place in Blowing Rock. After dinner Sam and I headed to Raven Rocks Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway to watch the sunset, but clouds rolled in and this was all we got.
But it is still better than watching TV!
Mother’s Day – Breakfast in bed. (Uncle Wayne, do you recognize the pan?)
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.
Then some work around the “mountain place” including yard work and finding thsi salamander.
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.
The whole hike is beautiful!
There are a couple of creek crossings, in the end we gave up trying to keep the boots dry!
A quick trip to the North Carolina Museum of Art to see Ansel Adams: Masterworks
and Glory of Venice: Renaissance Paintings 1470-1520.
It is amazing seeing original Ansel prints and painting that are 600 years old!