Hiking

Oct. 22, 2017

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I headed to Moore County for a road ride with friends then stopped at Bear Creek Trails in Robbins for a hike. #44 #52hikechallenge

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My series, Clay taking pictures of things got an upgrade, no more cell phone as Clay upgraded to the Sony A6000

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Oct. 15, 2017

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A sign along a morning bike ride on gravel and dirt roads.

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Then off to find a waterfall I looked for before, but didn’t get to.

Thunderhole Falls – Hike #42

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The trail to the falls is unmarked and requires a little bush whacking.

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But worth the effort.

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This is only the top, it has a lower fall section too.

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Remember the bushwhacking part? This is the climb up, I don’t know if we could have made it without the rope!

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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.

 

Oct. 8, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sept. 16 and 17, 2017

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I wanted to try something new this weekend – instead of Photos of Day, I wanted to create a Vlog or Video Blog post. I didn’t take any pictures, only video. I made a bunch of mistakes, and edited this is less than 2 hours after unpacking, but here it is….  CLICK TO WATCH THE VIDEO

Sam and I backpacked this beautiful loop in the Pisgah National Forest. Starting at NC 215 we joined the Mountain to Sea Trail, past Devils Courthouse, Art Loeb Trail to Black Balsam Knob, Sam Knob Trail to Flat Laurel Creek Trail to NC 215 and back to the truck! Hike #36 and #37 of #52hikechallenge

Sept. 4, 2017

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Sam and I hit the Virginia Creeper trail early to beat the crowds. 17 miles of downhill biking!

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and a bunch of bridges on the old railroad trail.

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Making art!

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A successful morning! Last time we rode this trail, Deb flipped and suffered a concussion so we didn’t get to enjoy the ride (or the ER visit) today Deb served as our personal shuttle. After a lunch in Damascus and breaking down camp we headed home…..

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but had time to stop at Grayson Highlands State Park. Deb had never been there since normally Sam and I backpack there, but I wanted her to see the wild ponies. There were lots of foals (less than a year old) like this one scratching itself on a tree.

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and this one that wanted to be petted? There are signs everywhere don’t feed or pet the ponies…. but this did everything but purr!

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Family picture, sans Sam she doesn’t want to touch them?

Hike #33

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On the way down I am looking at the park map and see “waterfall” – I had no idea, we come for the AT trail, the bald mountain tops, Rhododendron Trail, etc. This is a unnamed? 25 foot falls on Cabin Creek trail. A hidden gem, almost no one on the trail and very pretty!  hike #34 – #52hikechallenge

Sept. 3. 2017

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Since everything was wet in the morning, we got a slow start to the day. I made a game time decision, wait one day for the bike ride since the trail would be muddy and skip the hike I really wanted to do since it has 14 or so water crossings to reach it. Luckily a friend (JD) mentioned this cool rock tunnel in Tennessee so we headed there. First we hiked the Backbone Rock Falls trail…

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The tunnel was very cool – locals say it’s the world’s shortest tunnel.

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The view from the top.

I am counting today’s 3 short hikes as one #32 #52hikechallenge

Beaver Flats Trail, Backbone Rock Falls Trail and Backbone Rock Trail

Aug. 26, 2017

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That was interesting…. For the first time in a very long time I crashed mountain biking when I wasn’t expecting it. See the broken branch in the middle, my head snapped it, my shoulder hit the tree trunk, and both legs were cut by something. Up to that moment, I was enjoying the peacefulness and the lack of dangerous cars. I had not been on the MTB since my last race this Spring, might have been too long.

I had planned to hike this weekend, and since the front wheel was “taco-ed” so badly it wouldn’t turn in the fork, I am counting the hike out of Keyauwee Trail in URE as hike #31 of #52hikechallenge This is the third time I have had to carry a bike out of Uwharrie, I broke my Dos Niner frame there, snapped a chain and now this crash.

The funny story: I hit my head pretty hard and took a minute to gather my thoughts, checked myself, the bike and started walking. I had just over 3 miles to hike, with just under a mile to go I ran into a really cute blond and her stud-ly boyfriend and she asks me if they are almost to the top….. my head hurts and I say “what?” at this point of the trail they are descending hard (in fact one the funnest parts of the trail on a bike) – she asks again and I tell her she is walking downhill….. I stared at her wondering what she was asking me… there is no bald or real “top” on this trail. I asked if they knew where they where, informed them they had covered about 1 mile and had 5 to go to the bail out Forest Service Road. They thanked me and I walked away…. odd.