Ridges Resort & Marina
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... and brought home as a souvenir for his grandfather!).
Back at the cabin, we discovered the internet was still down. The cabin uses satellite so the rain completely disrupted the signal. We didn't have cell signal either so we had no way of checking the weather radar OR calling the boat rental company (where we had made reservations). We sat around for an hour or so ...
... moved over there and found rocks lining the sides where we could climb to reach the shallow sides of the lake.
Sitting on the rocks, the water looked tempting. We had seen someone swimming earlier. Then Thao spotted a rope swing across the lake and convinced me to swim across with her. We were in t-shirts and shorts...but decided to brave it anyway. The water turned out to ...
Day 3: Rose Creek Gem Mine, 4 buckets of dirt for $20
Rates on their website: Dig-Your-Own from the mining tunnel: 2 for $10, all refills $5 (10 refills for $45. Minor miners, 8 & under can help adults)
The mine was in Franklin, so off we went on this day's adventure. Thao ended up paying just for herself and got 2 buckets of dirt which were perfect for Mika and Esen. Phan stood back and ...
... switched to hiking shoes and hiked the waterfall trail that started right from the same parking lot. We did cut it short after an hour or so as we figured the boys would be done.
We returned to find the two men snoozing while Matt and Esen ran around them in circles. They had also found some awesome glittery iron pyrites, one in the shape of a heart, in the creek.
We would definitely go back!
... spacious washrooms and changing rooms. Very friendly and welcoming.
Rafting was so much fun!! It was tough to paddle that raft though. The Tuckeseegee River has mostly Class I rapids with a couple of Class II sections so is rated for kids 4 and up. We had wanted to do the Nantahala which is Class II and one Class III section, but kids have to be 7 and up and Esen is only ...