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Well, this was day 7 on our Great Adventure and I will say that I have been bitten by the BUG!! The "mountain" bug! I have always wanted to live in the mountains, at least part time, and experiencing it for a solid week just solidifies that. As we are heading home, back to our FL lives, I will keep the dream of living in the mountains alive.
Anyway, we had a great day for our ...
... and roomy. Except for the fact that Jeff hits his head nearly every time he enters or exits the car, that his knees are in his lap and the back window being the size of rearview mirror, our "sedan" has 4 wheels and will get us where we need to go. Mission Accomplished.
I hop in the "faux-dan" while Jeff is following me in Winnie and we head to the campground to set up shop.
We decided to ...
... we got to Bakersville, the snow was mostly gone and by Spruce Pine, there was no snow on the ground or in the trees. We continued to NC-181 and took that highway south towards Morganton. By this point, it was looking like fall again, not winter. We made a quick stop at the Brown Mountain Overlook, which had fantastic views of fall color looking towards the Wilson Creek area. Past the overlook, we took Brown Mountain Beach Road into the ...
... an “official” trail listed on the Forest Service's website, it is clearly not maintained and has become very much overgrown with poison ivy, stinging nettle, and various other plants. And since this trail is not well-used, we also had to make our way through countless spider webs across the trail. The trail is rather scenic as it follows Upper Creek upstream past countless small cascades and tumbles, but we were too busy ...
After not seeing each other for 3 months, we decided it would be a good idea for our first activity to be a 2.5 hour road trip (each way) up to Asheville, NC. Two people. One Acura (Japanese Princess). No air conditioning. Roll out.
We tried to go to the Biltmore Estate, but it was CRAZY expensive, so we just went to the city and wandered around in the awful ...