An orb weavers, often called “writing spiders”
Taco and Silvervale Falls.
Hike #41 Bass Lake
Sam finds her inner Ansel.
What I think is a Garden Orb Weaver spider.
Hike #40 – #52hikechallenge – Bass Lake and Carriage Trails Blowing Rock, NC
I woke up to heavy fog, but no rain, so off to the trails.
It started raining as I headed back, so I stayed around the trail head for extra pictures.
Back to the mountain house, help my brother winterize it and then say goodbye.
Rather than head home, I spent some time exploring, revisiting past dirt roads and looking at new one.
A fun day, hiking short trails, driving down dirt roads to find gates or barns, and taking the home way home.
Hike #38 of #52hikechallenge
The family headed to Eno River State Park, the dog still doesn’t like the cable suspension bridge.
Saw 2 black snakes, must be getting ready for winter.
Students found a Cicada, so we broke out the Canon 100mm Macro and ring flash. Remote second flash in back and a gold reflector.
Hike #35 – #52hikechallenge
Super Loop at Bear Creek Park in Robbins. Bear scrapes and beaver chew.
Sam and I hit the Virginia Creeper trail early to beat the crowds. 17 miles of downhill biking!
and a bunch of bridges on the old railroad trail.
A successful morning! Last time we rode this trail, Deb flipped and suffered a concussion so we didn’t get to enjoy the ride (or the ER visit) today Deb served as our personal shuttle. After a lunch in Damascus and breaking down camp we headed home…..
but had time to stop at Grayson Highlands State Park. Deb had never been there since normally Sam and I backpack there, but I wanted her to see the wild ponies. There were lots of foals (less than a year old) like this one scratching itself on a tree.
and this one that wanted to be petted? There are signs everywhere don’t feed or pet the ponies…. but this did everything but purr!
Family picture, sans Sam she doesn’t want to touch them?
On the way down I am looking at the park map and see “waterfall” – I had no idea, we come for the AT trail, the bald mountain tops, Rhododendron Trail, etc. This is a unnamed? 25 foot falls on Cabin Creek trail. A hidden gem, almost no one on the trail and very pretty! hike #34 – #52hikechallenge
Macro photo of toad’s eye.
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…