Highlands, NC has ice

Trip Start Mar 06, 2010
Trip End Mar 13, 2010

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Friday, March 12, 2010

The rain has washed away a lot of the snow in Georgia.  We drove to Highlands, NC to see the waterfalls in that area.  Even though it has rained, there is snow and ice, making it treacherous to hike.  I don't want another broken ankle.  The last one hurt.

Our first stop was Highlands Botanical Gardens.  Even though plants were not in bloom, we wanted to take in a hike.  This is where we found snow and ice and muddy ground.  Peggy lost her scrunchie on the hillside.  When she tried to retrieve it with a stick, the scrunchie rolled further down.  No one wanted to go down and rescue it.  We left the scrunchie, and Peggy had to do without.

We travelled Highway 64 from Highlands to Franklin to see some waterfalls.  The Cullasaja River parallels the road.  Our next stop is Sequoyah Lake Dam with a 30-foot man-made waterfall.  Our next stop is Bridal Veil Falls.  At one time old Highway 64 passed behind the falls.  Not any more.  The next waterfall we stopped at is Dry Falls with an 80-foot drop.  A paved footpath goes behind the waterfall, but the stairs were closed due to ice.  Quarry Falls, a cascade waterfall of 20 feet, has a popular swimming hole in the summer.  Our last waterfall is the mighty Cullasaja Falls which cascades 250 feet down a rugged cliff into the gorge.

We drove across the Will Henry Stevens Covered Bridge on Highway 64.  The lattice on the bridge was brought in from a bridge in New Hampshire and constructed in 2008-2009.

Tomorrow we head home.  My sister Peggy calculated the trip cost each one of us $325.  That includes the condo, food, gas, and money for activities.  I don't see where we identified what was our favorite part of the trip.  We usually do this.  Mine was the Tallulah Gorge State Park.
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