My beautiful daughter asked me to take a picture of her new mustard sweather so she could post on Instagram….
A great day on the Yadkin River.
and always into the “caves”
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
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…
The tunnel was very cool – locals say it’s the world’s shortest tunnel.
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
The day started bright and clear skies (we made a great choice) we did a quick hike – Hike #30 of #52hikechallenge on the Upper Chattooga River trail.
After the hike, we claimed the big rock in the middle of the river and I feel asleep on my blanket under a bright blue sky. I awoke an hour later with a chill to a completely gray sky – (we made the wrong choice)
Even in the cloudy woods, as total eclipse started, the woods got as dark as night! This picture is only the start, I gave up it was so dark!
After totality, the sun broke through the clouds for some pictures – it was still so cloudy, this is without a filter!
as the eclipse continued, we saw more and more…
Even Kodak was protected!
James, Beth and my family. We may have missed seeing the totality, but had a blast, experienced the feeling of totality, and enjoyed the long drive home on small back roads, following the Gazetteer.
First day of her JUNIOR year!
Vacation Day 4 – We headed back to Panther Falls and had the place to ourselves. Jumped off the rocks, swam, tried to find the cave entrance behind the waterfall, and had lunch. After lunch, a couple other groups had arrived, our cue to leave!
Crabtree Falls – Hike #26 #52hikechallenge
This was a more strenuous hike than we thought, mainly cause it is straight up. The waterfalls were pretty – something about being tallest east of something or another….
but needed more water flow
Sam adds a cairn to the 100s built along the trail.
But this Copperhead was not interested in a cairn…
One last swim before we head home. Thanks Lynn and Nan for taking her for a week!
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!
We slept in and decided what to do… we had several miles back to the truck and a side trail for a waterfall – Upper Falls at Graveyard Fields – so we started back.
Hike #23 of #52hikechallenge
We enjoyed a lunch and quick swim in the cold water and finished up… the threat of rain and tired legs, we decided to come back and try the Black Balsam Knob from a different trail head next time.
After dropping the packs at the truck, we did the short hike to Lower Falls – enjoyed a swim and headed home.
through 7 tunnels on the Blue Ridge Parkway. A 10 out of 10 weekend!
A Land Cruiser and clouds….