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.
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.