High Hampton Inn & Country Club
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... most of the way until the last
half-mile, where it departs from the ridge and heads down into the gorge. Although it was quite steep, a series of
switchbacks and wooden stairs made it seem a little less steep. Due to the humidity, I was sweating a lot
going down, meaning going back up would be worse. When we got to the bottom, there was a split
and we initially went left passing a primitive campsite as we ...
... the very wet trip back to the cars. By the time we made it back to the parking area, the rain had stopped although it was extremely humid. We dried off as much as possible and then took a windy forest road to SC-107 and went to Cherry Hill Campground to set up camp. It was still relatively early in the evening, so after quickly setting up camp at site 29, we headed out to knock out two more waterfalls before dark. We drove just a short ways up ...
Todd was up at the crack of dawn again. Very chilly and foggy this morning. Quick breakfast at 6am at the Inn, then a long, hot shower and off we go to the CVS in Waynesville to get some supplies...sunscreen, nuts (in addition to the one I am traveling with), nose spray, and other completely useless, yet expensive, items. VERY foggy in Waynesville, which is only a few miles from Maggie Valley; that's the hills for ya!
Fog burned off nicely, and off for ...
Up early (BF was up at 3am....) Got some coffee in the hotel lobby, then off to Shoney's for breakfast before hitting the road again at 8am.
Nice weather again today; chilly in the morning, but warmed up nicely. I was stripping clothes off at each stop! That kind of activity gets a lot of looks down here in the "bible belt".
Todd's GPS was acting up so we got off-track and missed the turn-off for Grandfather Mountain. Ended up in ...
... rated as moderate. We reached the highpoint of the trail at 4930 feet.
We stopped at Mica's and ate lunch. Three of us had a Marguerite pizza and salad bar. The salad bar has lots of items for selection, and the pizza was excellent. Service was also good. Joan enjoyed her steak sandwich too.
Again, there was another stop to Victoria's Closet and a children's consignment store.