History

Feb. 11, 2017

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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.

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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.

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It’s getting closer….

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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.

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Not far up the trail is another cabin. We asked a park ranger and he said it was for a spinster sister.

 

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bigger gaps in the logs.

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Chivalry is not dead….

Total 7 miles: Buckquarter Creek, Ridge, Shakori and Holden Mill, Eno Trace Trails.

Jan. 8, 2017

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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.

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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!

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Soon enough we were deep in the woods, only the crunch of the snow/ice under our feet.

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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!

Dec. 31, 2016

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The last day of 2016 started at the USS North Carolina, a WWII battleship in Wilmington.

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Nicknamed “The Showboat” – the ship was only active for 6 years (4/9/41- 6/27/47).

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A Great Blue Heron during another walk along the Snows Cut shore.

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Cars pass over the Snows Cut Bridge going into Carolina Beach

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Two Flippacs set up, playing cards till midnight!

Oct. 15, 2016 (Henry River Mill Village)

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Henry River Mill Village was the site of District 12 in the movie Hunger Games. The village was laid out in 1904 around a yarn mill, it closed in the 1960s, but 21 of the worker homes remain.

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The property in private, but can be driven through…..

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anything after that is at your own risk…. (plus they say it’s haunted)

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The Village is located at
35°41’45.6″N 81°25’44.4″W
35.696000, -81.429000

 

Oct. 12, 2014

George Washington birthplace memorial.

George Washington birthplace memorial.

Photo A Day Project 2014 (photo by Jay Capers) Photo A Day Project 2014 (photo by Jay Capers)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.