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Travel Blogs from Boone
... along Steels Creek. We had to cross the creek here, and managed to stay dry, though rock-hopping was a bit tricky. Once across, the trail headed up and joined up with the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. Right after this, the trail headed down to the creek, then headed up again through a lot of poison ivy and stinging nettle. We passed through this area, trying to avoid the noxious plants, and soon came to the waterfall ...
... While we still had some daylight left, we sat down at the creek and enjoyed the lovely view. The rosebay rhododendrons were blooming and all the flowers along the creek made for a beautiful sight. And a nice cascade added to the scene and provided tranquil white noise as we slept. After sundown, we socialized around the fire for a while and then went to bed. Sandy had to work Sunday evening, so in the morning, we broke camp and headed ...
... the base was extremely difficult, steep, and overgrown, but soon we made it down to creek level. I was a little confused as I thought we were on Upper Creek, not Burnthouse Branch, but we had followed the marking tape, had gone about the right distance, and had to rock-hop upstream a bit to see a not-so-impressive waterfall. Kevin Adams had rated it a 2, so I wasn’t really expecting much. We relaxed a bit down here, got some photos, and ...
... time, hopped onto the steep rock and somehow managed to get down. After that, Sandy and I headed down. We got some pictures from the middle portion of the waterfall and then headed back up. I do wonder how that dog managed to get back up as its really steep. We hiked back along the trail and then drove out of the forest to NC-181. We drove south for a few miles to the parking area for Upper Creek Falls, our last waterfall for ...
... everywhere. We stopped for lunch in an RV Park by a little River just outside Mountain City, TN. We literally got picked up and carried away by Mosquitoes, just like the flying monkey scene from the wizard of Oz. Had to pack up and get out of there quick. We drove through Boone, NC which is another "Mountain City" with a Gigantic College and Football stadium right in the middle. Arriving at the town of Blowing Rock in the afternoon, we went and checked out the "Crown of the Blue ...
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