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.
Then to Hike #18 #52hikechallenge – The Glen Burney Trail in Boone and the Glen Burney Falls.
A detail of falls.
The whole hike is pretty, including the Cascades.
and The Ruins, Boone’s former Waste Treatment plant (last used in 1929!
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.
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!
Hamlet Station was originally built in 1900 by the Seaboard Air Line Railroad as both a passenger station and a division headquarters
A guy from Ohio posted on a forum he was visiting and I offered to take him on a mountain bike ride. We stopped at an old moonshine still site and walked around, I really liked this classic shape!
Hike #11 #52hikechallenge Morrow Mountain State Park. Cool fact, Morrow Mountain is an extinct volcano, (last eruption was about 550 million years ago and was hundreds of miles southeast of the east coast of North America)
Clay’s daughter Stephanie, her husband Tim and their 2 boys joined in, fun day in the woods.
Hike #7 of #52hikechallenge
Back to Eno River State Park to hit the trails I missed last week. What a difference 7 days and 20 degrees make, the park was packed. At least until we got to the trails furthest from the parking lot and then we had place to ourselves.
We came across this 1800s cabin and a woman walking around it. She shared that her grandparents (Coles) lived in the home and she visits before it completely collapses.
It’s getting closer….
The construction was very cool, originally it looks like it was a log cabin (look at those joints – are they simple dovetails?) that was sided later. There is no trace the cabin ever had electricity.
Not far up the trail is another cabin. We asked a park ranger and he said it was for a spinster sister.
bigger gaps in the logs.
Chivalry is not dead….
Total 7 miles: Buckquarter Creek, Ridge, Shakori and Holden Mill, Eno Trace Trails.
Hike #2 of the #52hikechallenge – Birkhead Mountain Trail in Uwharrie National Forest. We started at the Birkhead family farm, some buildings going back to the late 1800s.
Within a mile we had to cross a creek since the bridge was washed away. Not a problem except when hiking on a 15 degree morning, a wet foot would have been unpleasant!
Soon enough we were deep in the woods, only the crunch of the snow/ice under our feet.
How Kodak spent the second half of the hike. I had her off leash for the first half, but she wandered off and didn’t return, long enough I had to bush-whacked in her last known direction and back track till she returned… I was not happy!
About an hour and half in the silent woods, a rare North Carolina snow covering the hills, so a great day!
The last day of 2016 started at the USS North Carolina, a WWII battleship in Wilmington.
Nicknamed “The Showboat” – the ship was only active for 6 years (4/9/41- 6/27/47).
A Great Blue Heron during another walk along the Snows Cut shore.
Cars pass over the Snows Cut Bridge going into Carolina Beach
Two Flippacs set up, playing cards till midnight!
George Washington birthplace memorial.
We had a leisurely morning, packed camp and decided to visit the George Washington birthplace memorial. The monument is 1/10th the size of the one in Washington DC. The foundation of the original home (George moved when he was three) is outlined above and the site includes a memorial house built in the 1930s, a visitor center and period working farm examples. It was a nice to walk the empty grounds in the morning.