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The weather forecast was calling for a winter storm in the mountains on Saturday, so I wanted to head out and see the first snow of the season! I met up with Chris early in Chapel Hill and we started heading west. It was raining most of the way out, but started getting crispy as we headed up in elevation. As we approached Boone on US-421, it became undeniably snow. The snowplows were out and the relatively warm ground kept much snow ...
... first for the U.S. I vaguely recall the detour we had to take in 1982. Linville Falls is a busy stop along the parkway that involves short treks to several overlooks of scenic waterfalls.
By very late in the afternoon I made it to Mount Mitchell, the highest point in North Carolina and all of eastern North America. Mount Mitchell is part of a state park with a restaurant and lodge on the way up and a road that ends in a huge ...
Awoke to a beautiful sunrise over the mountains. Packed a picnic lunch and fishing gear and hit the road. Stopped at our favorite breakfast restaurant - Banner Elk Cafe. And then, we were on a mission to find a fishing spot along the Watauga River that Eric went to about 10 yrs ago. AND WE FOUND IT!!! Perfect spot and a perfect day to sit and watch Eric fish. He ...
... back roads, so this is the first day that we did our own thing. We usually go in my car because he can't fit 4 people in the Mustang. Since Eric and Tanna have been to this area many times, there were places that Kevin and I wanted to go that they have been. So, they drove the Blue Ridge Pkwy north for 40 miles and then around a bunch of back roads in Tennessee. They said they ...
... and mushrooms. Kevin grilled some chicken to make sandwiches later this week for our fishing expedition and picnic. The sun should be coming back out for the remainder of the week. It is really an art form to be lazy. I need more practice. I think I could get pretty good at it. Early to bed. Drive to Asheville tomorrow. Love you. ...