After yesterday’s long hikes, we decided to explore and do shorter hikes. We started at Glen Alton homestead and the hike to the swamp to look for beavers and birds, Kodak didn’t let any of those things happen….
The covered bridges of Giles County. Link Covered Bridge built in 1912.
Clover Hollow Covered Bridge. (1916)
Snake rescued from road
Time to hike! We decided not to kayak since water was up and fast from recent rains, so we went to the closest waterfalls – Hanging Rock State Park. #1 Tory’s Falls
and a pretty drop below the pool of Lower Cascades Falls
#3 Window Falls
Window Falls from behind
Pretty unnamed falls above Window Falls
#4 Upper Cascades Falls from above
Follow the creek down from Upper Cascades Falls to find this unnamed drop
After hiking we decided to explore, and found this building. Col. Jack Martin Stone House
Rider Falls – it’s on private property and this is the view from the road… it’s not in Kevin Adam’s book?
Maybe a Taco Tuesday picture as seen through an old farm building
Even conservative Asheboro has come out….
The day started with a drive through Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, a mistake that will never happen again (way too touristy for me) to get to Cades Cove, a neat history filled loop, including this working grist mill.
Just a bear along the road, it was not interested in us at all!
James works on figuring out electrical gremlins, after thinking of complex problems to solve, sometimes the simplest answer is correct… a bad cell in his battery.
James checks how badly I am beating him at an English style pub in Gatlinburg.
Hike #51 #52hikechallenge Boone’s Cave Park in Lexington. Kodak remembered the last time I took her to a cave, she had to swim out, so she waited at the opening as I explored a bit.
This is a pretty little park and the caves are what most people come for. The caves are more hole in wall type, but cool. There is no proof that Daniel Boone really lived in the caves as his family built a home as legend has it, but he and other family did live in the area, so maybe….
As I said, it is a small park. I hiked all the trails, (except the Back Country Trail, it is closed) and double hike a couple in 2 hours or so.
The view of the Yadkin River from Baptism Rock
Cave opening, it is less than a 1/4 from parking lot down stairs, but we walked the long way over Boone Peak trail and Cottonwood trail
Wetland Trail boardwalk
1940s care taker cabin ruins.
Vacation Day 2 – Staton Creek Falls. A great roadside waterfall that kept going.
You had to bush whack down to see the whole series of falls.
Then back on the road and lunch at Ben Salem Wayside and this old lock
Canal boats used the lock in the late 1800’s on the North River.
A quick stop at Panther Falls. It was too crowded for us, we watched for a bit and decided to come back later. I am counting it as Hike #24 of #52Hikechallenge, it is a short walk, but I did it 3 times this week, so totaled I am counting it!
The end of the day.
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!
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.