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Dec. 5, 2015

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Take Clay’s truck….

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Add this…. a brand new ARB bumper

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So much better.

After leaving Clay’s, I headed to Uwharrie to meet friends from the Olde North State Land Cruiser club for the annual Christmas party.

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The event was also my chance to camp in December, fulfilling my 2015 New Year’s Resolution to camp at least once each month this year. Over 40 nights camping this year and at least one night each month.

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The party is held on private land and features a barn for sleeping, cooking and eating.

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Dirty Santa.

Sept. 5, 2015

090515pod_119 090515pod_118After a late night arrival at the ferry, we slept in the parking lot and slept (somewhat) through wind and rain to get up to a beautiful sunrise.

090515pod_136After a ferry ride across the sound, my first goal was to climb the Cape Lookout Lighthouse that we were locked out of last time.

090515pod_141 090515pod_140 090515pod_139 090515pod_138 090515pod_13714 stories up and down and we were ready for the next goal. Driving to the southern point.

090515pod_120 090515pod_121This went well until we reached the soft sand at the end, I dug down and then the engine temp and transmission temp were about to peg out (over heating) so I let the truck run while I let out air from the tires and dug out.

From here we headed north looking for the perfect camp spot (read no other people, waves and soft sand)

090515pod_122bA shipwreck.

For some reason I didn’t take any more pictures today, setting up camp, twice since Sam’s tent was not happy in the wind. Cooking dinner and sharing food with friends until everyone was ready to go to bed early.

Aug. 16, 2015 – Wilson Creek

081615pod_Wilson_F 081615pod_Wilson_D 081615pod_Wilson_C 081615pod_Wilson_B 081615pod_Wilson_AA great day, after visiting the vacation home, we went on a bike ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway, we rode a favorite out and back from camp… 55 minutes of climbing and less than 20 minutes of down you are back at camp. I didn’t look up my max speed, but I saw 41.5 go by on the GPS.

Then we hiked along Wilson Creek, I loved this fallen tree and waterfall!

Bonus picture from Clay, me at work. You can see my wet bottom, I gave up trying to rock hop down to this point, so I sat on the rocks and slid down them, wetter but safer!

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Aug. 2, 2015 – The Last Day

We started our last day visiting the observation tower on Spruce Knob, at 4,863 feet is the highest point in the state of West Virginia.

Photo A Day Project  - 2015 (photo by Jay Capers) Photo A Day Project  - 2015 (photo by Jay Capers)We said goodbye to half the group and headed south.

Our first stop was the town of Durbin, a railroad town from the 1900’s that started in the logging boom. I had read it was more rustic than Cass, but our visit was during it’s big recreation of a railroad robbery.

Photo A Day Project  - 2015 (photo by Jay Capers) Photo A Day Project  - 2015 (photo by Jay Capers) Photo A Day Project  - 2015 (photo by Jay Capers) Photo A Day Project  - 2015 (photo by Jay Capers) Photo A Day Project  - 2015 (photo by Jay Capers)The original overland vehicle.

Photo A Day Project  - 2015 (photo by Jay Capers)Next was the Gaudineer Knob Virgin Spruce Forest, due to an error by surveyors, it features 250 year old spruce trees and a great hike.

Photo A Day Project  - 2015 (photo by Jay Capers) Photo A Day Project  - 2015 (photo by Jay Capers) Photo A Day Project  - 2015 (photo by Jay Capers) Photo A Day Project  - 2015 (photo by Jay Capers) Photo A Day Project  - 2015 (photo by Jay Capers)Then it was time to say goodbye to James and Elizabeth and enjoy the beautiful drive home, over 5 hours, no interstates and roads like this.

Photo A Day Project  - 2015 (photo by Jay Capers)

Aug. 1, 2015 – Spelunking Stillhouse Cave

Photo A Day Project  - 2015 (photo by Jay Capers)Cave #2 was more technical and tighter.

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Photo A Day Project  - 2015 (photo by Jay Capers) Photo A Day Project  - 2015 (photo by Jay Capers) Photo A Day Project  - 2015 (photo by Jay Capers)Soon we started searching for the other exit, and we ended up on hands and knees, then doing planks to move through openings.

Photo A Day Project  - 2015 (photo by Jay Capers) Photo A Day Project  - 2015 (photo by Jay Capers) Photo A Day Project  - 2015 (photo by Jay Capers)Photo A Day Project  - 2015 (photo by Jay Capers)Rimstone dams – these were very cool!

Photo A Day Project  - 2015 (photo by Jay Capers)After over 2 hours, we explored all the openings we could find, it was time to give up and work our why back the way we came….

Photo A Day Project  - 2015 (photo by Jay Capers)We were a little dirty!

Aug. 1, 2015 – Spelunking Sinks of Gandy

Photo A Day Project  - 2015 (photo by Jay Capers) Photo A Day Project  - 2015 (photo by Jay Capers)We decided to visit two caves today, the first is one I have wanted to do since I started visiting wild caves. Sinks of Gandy, it is not a technical cave, but features a river that you have to swim out of. We decided to take the dog ; )

Photo A Day Project  - 2015 (photo by Jay Capers)The walk across a cow pasture.

Photo A Day Project  - 2015 (photo by Jay Capers)The entrance.

Most of the cave was walking through larger rooms and passages.

Photo A Day Project  - 2015 (photo by Jay Capers) Photo A Day Project  - 2015 (photo by Jay Capers)Then the swim, it was way over my head and VERY cold. Half way through the swim, the dog wanted to turn around, but made it with no problem.

Photo A Day Project  - 2015 (photo by Jay Capers)The exit.