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This past weekend was our big annual trip to Grayson Highlands State Park. We left from the Triangle area in the late morning and started making our way towards the Virginia highlands. To break up the drive and get a little hiking in on Friday, we stopped on the way at Rocky Knob Recreation Area off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Normally when I come here, we hike the Rock Castle Gorge Trail, a strenuous ...
... we did. We needed to have the rental boats back by 530, though, so we would have to move quickly. When everyone was ready, the outfitters loaded the boats onto two buses and we piled in and headed out to the launch site. Hart's Access is right at the bridge on NC-704 over Dan River, about 1.5 miles east of the intersection with NC-89. After getting our stuff together and a brief safety overview, we hit the water. Almost immediately, ...
... headed to Rocky Knob, the highest point along our hike, but not nearly as steep. The views from this bald area were great and there were some interesting looking trees, very low in height, that grew here and there amid the field of grass. Their gnarled branches radiated out wildly, looking almost like a medusa head. We stopped for a minute at Saddle Overlook to enjoy the view south past the Blue Ridge Escarpment to the ...
... to go to college he decided to go to an all-black school called Hampton Institute. There was only 1 problem with that: he was 500 miles away from the school. He was going to do whatever it took to get into the school, so with a little bit of clothes and money he started walking to the Institute. He took the train for a while, but then he ran out of money. He begged people for a ...
... I stopped to see
an interesting tree. It had grown straight up until it hit the
overhanging rock, then made a 90° turn and grew out past the overhang,
then starting growing up again. At the "elbow" where the tree hit the
overhang, the tree had grown roots up into the rock. We continued
heading back down and made a quick stop at the visitor center to use the
facilities, then ...
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