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wisconsin_fan81
post Apr 23 2009, 09:33 PM
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OK, so as we rapidly approach summer here in the big NC, I thought I would take the time to go over some of the cooler things to do in my personal favorite-as well as one of the most popular-regions of NC: the Appalachian mountains!

First, a visit to Transylvania County is a must. First, it is a county named Transylvania- how cool is that? Second, it has more waterfalls in one area than I have ever seen. Just driving through Pisgah national forest, you go through all kinds of twisting mountain roads (we take the route that goes from a small town named Canton, where my wife's family has property) and these roads will literally shoulder off, you park and there it is- waterfalls! Looking glass falls is probably the most popular straight up "waterfall" but by far the most fun it Sliding Rock! Yes, the name says it all: you drive into this one area of the national park, park in the parking lot, and there is a changing area. so you get ready, walk down some steps, and there is a waterfall at about a 45 degree angle, that you can slide down into a pool of water- all natural, not man made at all (although there is a lifeguard). It is such a rush, and although it may sound hokey the way I'm explaining it, trust me it is nothing short of thrilling fun! My wife and I went a couple years ago, packed a picnic basket, and went waterfall hunting through the park- including an extended trip to Sliding Rock!

Speaking of "hunting", total subject change, but has anyone else from up north ever heard of morel mushroom hunting? Apparently it is this ultra rare and deliciously tasty mushroom that only appears by certain kinds of dead trees (usually elm and oak I believe) and only in the spring for a couple weeks. I mention this because apparently the NC mountain region is supposed to be amazing ground for this artisan culinary treat! I am going to the mountains next month, and although it is a little late in the season, I am going to check for some (I am a chef at heart). Well, that's another different but potentially fun thing to do in the mountains!


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post May 30 2009, 07:39 PM
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Yes it is great for hiking. Me and a buddy of mine from (you guessed it) Wisconsin, have been meaning to take some time off and walk my state's part of the Appalachian trail. And reference to the name, I know it seems a bit off, but I spent half of my life in each place, and it is more in regards to the sports teams- I am a DIE HARD UW Badgers fan.


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post May 30 2009, 09:49 PM
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QUOTE(wisconsin_fan81 @ May 30 2009, 08:39 PM) *

Yes it is great for hiking. Me and a buddy of mine from (you guessed it) Wisconsin, have been meaning to take some time off and walk my state's part of the Appalachian trail. And reference to the name, I know it seems a bit off, but I spent half of my life in each place, and it is more in regards to the sports teams- I am a DIE HARD UW Badgers fan.



Alright! I am a fan of the Badgers football team!
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