Pipestem Resort State Park Lodge
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... to get to the base for a picture of the waterfall. The water level was high enough that it was hard to get far enough away to get a picture of the entire thing. What a difference a rainy night had made! After some pictures at the base, we climbed back up to the top for a view of the waterfall tumbling down the ledges. Then, we started hiking back. Back at the split, we turned left to head down to Cascades. This 70-foot waterfall is truly ...
... to our planned stop at Log Hollow Falls. There were actually two pretty waterfalls along a really nice walk. On the way back we stopped for a chat with two locals and their dog. We were once again struck by how open and friendly folk from North Carolina are! (and yes there were several "Y'all"s along the way!)
We then lucked out again as we found the only nearby place for lunch just as we needed it. After lunch we headed to Sunburst Falls and French Broad Cascade. These two ...
... there waiting for Mooch, who walked up shortly after. We talked for a bit, but they were headed into town and I was ready to start hiking, so we parted ways again for the time.
My first goal for the day was the town of Atkins, VA, 10 miles away, where I had mail waiting for me at a restaurant right off the trail. I got there in time for a late lunch, which I enjoyed while opening my packages (which, annoyingly, I had to pay $2.50 for, each, something the ...
... and then we moved down the wall doing some more challenging lines. Later we found a sick cave and Lee onsighted a 12a! Lee is a beast climber! One of the strongest I know and has taught me everything I know, but he also cleared the 30 foot wide cave after letting one rip! Damn Lee!
It was a successful day and after climbing we went to The Secret Sandwich Society for another "unique" meal. I had a turkey sandwich with apples on it, fantastic! and everyone ...
... min hike to the crag but it was like walking through a rain forest. There was rhododendron trees and a little man made ladder on the side of a mini waterfall you had to cross to continue down. It was beautiful. When we got there I sat around and watched for awhile, I was definitely not on the same level as these crazies, but everything I did try, I enjoyed. Both Jeremy's were super strong Climbers and the other ...