The Chimney Rock Inn
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We traveled from Aunt Peggy & Sheldon's house to Henderson, NC. I rode criss-cross applesauce all the way to our hotel. Mom drove. It rained the first half of the way.
Aunt Roz's family is from Hartwell, GA. We crossed over lake Hartwell on our way into SC. In SC, we went passed Clemson University.
Uncle Grady was a cheerleader for Clemson University more than 50 years ago.
We stopped at Cinco De Mayo ...
... quick, but once you moved out of the shade and into the sun life was happy again.
The second pitch was BAD ASS. It was up this perfectly set chimney with super awkward holds and angles but after about 20 feet up and contorting your body a million different ways you reach the opening. One second you feel like you are deep in a cave and the next you have come out of ...
... the grounds at this place. All 200 plus acres of it. The house had 40 servants on staff at all times, has 40 bathrooms and a bunch of other stuff. It boggles the mind, to say the least. All this opulence for just 3 people. Yeppers thats the amount of folks that lived here. I was told that they entertained a lot tho. That justifies things, I guess. Who built it ?? Why the Vanderbuilts of course....Next stop----Clio, ...
... is know at the Smoky Mountains and our destination was Chimney Rock which promised some great views. As it was a clear sunny day we could expect to see five miles east and I began to feel quite excited as the car climbed the narrow winding road on the mountain side. Eventually we arrived at a car park high up and the rest of the way is on foot but we didn't need mountain climbing gear cos the clever miners (way back ...
... road we drove down to get here and in close proximity (hence leaving no space for any lake). I just figured there must be a bend in the road away from the track at some point. I was wrong.
We ended up taking a well trodden path away from the track toward the road where across the road was a nice lake that we could have just driven to should we have decided to go past the Boone Fork Trail turn in. Ah well, back to the car and onward we went, to ...