My trip to North Carolina


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While this is probably not in any way related to TLD, we are in the middle of a trip to North Carolina. I continue my shutterbug habit by sharing a bevy of pictures here. 

DAY 0: We arrived at the cabin after some minor drizzles. We ascended the extremely slick, steep driveway with our bags and made ourselves comfortable.

DAY 1: Refreshed by the brisk mountain air, we awoke early. I snapped some pictures of our general area while hunting for wild mushrooms.08A64BC4-F37F-4358-8A94-AABC896712DE.thumb.jpeg.3b72d30464cef165ee803dee9d5d120a.jpeg

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We then set out for some waterfall... I believe it was Smoky Falls, or something like that. Here are a bunch of snaps from the hike.0B82FAC1-968A-4AED-B0AA-A8D02B5E66FB.thumb.jpeg.2f6a645b27101cb97d11d4add13000c6.jpeg64D4A82D-19A8-42BE-A2E2-1833F9895860.thumb.jpeg.852318a466a609f84eb44267c16c4434.jpeg90CE4CFD-E417-4BE0-948D-F2438A3A3C3F.thumb.jpeg.191792a2440c97b981dd66fa6baa3cce.jpeg
About halfway to the falls, we encountered two concrete bunkers that were once used to store explosives. AD1920EE-15EA-4EAC-B576-EA416027FCDD.thumb.jpeg.fe98f01bacf7977052a86263fbd77145.jpegF60275A4-06D3-4A99-8262-F929146A72DD.thumb.jpeg.af5071bb880753edae43c7545a8efeb1.jpegB28D0EF3-FAB4-48A4-9AD9-088E3CDAEA1A.thumb.jpeg.4fbc215d544d58de2483f659b163f1b6.jpeg3DBDCC3E-B739-4132-B95B-1643D89D783C.thumb.jpeg.40e84938d2aac1c7698a3c094a375134.jpegA8E4A2F9-D95D-4082-B173-A92DB6F05140.thumb.jpeg.6d620bddc7e233bad5b217e06502cffa.jpeg11BE732C-7B9E-4A7B-AC1E-832F6FA40892.thumb.jpeg.8bd0c2662544314d321e98cbbadeb5bf.jpeg
We then continued on to the falls, enjoying the beautiful scenery. I snapped some pictures whenever an opportunity presented itself.

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The waterfall itself was beautiful, surrounded by lush rhododendron bushes that lent it a tropical appearance. I climbed around on some very slippery rocks to get good shots, in between searching for mushrooms, salamanders, and lizards.

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Unfortunately, a slight drizzle started whilst we were enjoying the waterfall. We ignored it, until Nature at last unleashed her wrath on us. We ran through the storm, taking shelter in the bunkers. While trying to start a fire to warm my sodden clothes, I remembered that I had left my firestriker in the car!

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Now I’m back in the cabin in dry clothes, watching the rain and drinking hot tea. And to think, the day is not over yet!

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DAY 2: Soon we awoke early in the day to a slight drizzle, the sky cleared up. We set out for Stony Toe Falls. While the trail was not that impressive, the waterfall was.CF93936F-7041-49AD-985B-3D8053AAE561.thumb.jpeg.c1f986f2fedccdf42037851ffe1c54c0.jpeg58E9D535-551F-4B7E-9A51-B83B5E9DD861.thumb.jpeg.b03a277645a112a755b7bb05a1737c9f.jpeg23848EA0-A72F-4423-BC44-2CC269B31E58.thumb.jpeg.ce0043cb830704c87749ab1dcf233451.jpegF0EE1083-502B-4820-B244-3B30D28FD7ED.thumb.jpeg.3b9ebcbf16f5dd40580235f06a7d468a.jpeg250E048A-5717-4FC2-BFAE-4DA4EBA72244.thumb.jpeg.0d3dede3f76fecbe893d8bc67f90a2b1.jpeg28AC411E-04CF-4BDC-92CB-E5C5FEFEC95C.thumb.jpeg.c9bd91f9900854677724f34d3d15647c.jpegFBA65640-EDEF-45E8-8760-7F6AD30F5EDF.thumb.jpeg.eb1fa2a1dd6a22b316a6d36e3aa997fd.jpeg3801D193-56CF-4E47-A0E8-180726199270.thumb.jpeg.b6a87b58342c1772a837e6e428616ef9.jpeg

On the way out, we noticed a bush bearing what appeared to be Beautyberries, which make a wonderful drink. However, they turned out to be flowers.126455E9-B397-414D-9A24-72AD1030DF04.thumb.jpeg.5039ac03de14a9a71697ed18bcb62a10.jpeg

After returning to the cabin for a quick lunch and cup of Turkey Tail/Blackberry  TeaA2A4BCD8-B821-4045-B6CF-1160009CC524.thumb.jpeg.e909e9d4e81ec8c126e978cbcafb510d.jpeg (from the mushrooms we collected), we set out for Mount Mitchell, the highest mountain East of the Mississippi.

Here are a bunch of assorted snaps from the hike. We all had great fun wading through wild raspberry bushes, picking mushrooms, and in general just enjoying the mountain air.57A419F1-9856-4154-8AC5-AC93B5074B58.thumb.jpeg.1815956aeb2e9336ea35531c43d4343c.jpegEA8548E8-9812-41BD-8A5C-37A727A2EBE4.thumb.jpeg.aa3c5f202721e339dd500b852b0312e3.jpeg4554C769-0C05-4FA4-BB2F-FEE09F6CEC0A.thumb.jpeg.cf0ad1fe8f6dae66e7547238ee9831a9.jpeg0C92C2BD-B04F-4DA9-B539-FB36B0CA7907.thumb.jpeg.54c8cc6262a85b94d4301e1fe3a9226c.jpegDD374315-8F5B-4E44-A45E-5B41987E651B.thumb.jpeg.b6a5eb1f33776d1606e54cd26674b27b.jpeg9A885FA1-B4B2-4848-A8D5-90BF6FC2FDED.thumb.jpeg.ef62eb3eb40934859003e6b7bfc70952.jpegC6D23455-3A49-422F-9E8A-C7721E7DE938.thumb.jpeg.478d88a5419ee000769b074cf5c607d8.jpegF4657060-FDD3-4AAE-9E1D-D5CF2350678C.thumb.jpeg.e5f8e12ef541e8a04fd43bce69a0f399.jpeg

One of the buildings, probably the visitor center, bore a resemblance to Trapper’s Cabin.9EC688DF-9D24-4B1E-B332-565B5B1CD060.thumb.jpeg.085873eae6965169e3827645ee4391eb.jpeg

More pictures from high up on the summit.E8362B50-8029-4B03-9E7F-9BAAC15B2048.thumb.jpeg.98ec39b75118a331f88aa017eeba0a44.jpeg21874600-5EE1-4F92-AF3B-C7B62B1950A1.thumb.jpeg.ed162f299fb47d66d38f47e05cc9f889.jpegE95FEB26-ACC1-4F90-85C7-D19AFB84324D.thumb.jpeg.63c871d4d7549bbdcb76112cfe00c9e4.jpeg72A50DC3-120E-4375-A1E2-0FC5DE0491E4.thumb.jpeg.f8d3b87aa6bad3df6801aac0d019ca7c.jpeg6FC5EA75-F2D6-4526-95F6-25A36607275A.thumb.jpeg.0fd07b48cce0859137bba98188c96a5b.jpegEAB7C1A7-8AFC-4FDD-89DA-D30704BAD5E0.thumb.jpeg.02bd4463569613238b69fdfebced0db7.jpeg

After we ascended to the summit, a fog began to roll in, adding extra mystery and wonder to the scene.

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However, it quickly dissipated, and we continued on our way down the Balsam Nature Trail.7F778BF6-FCF8-4EB8-BA89-1E7B13DBF034.thumb.jpeg.07bbcee923ac61008c2f2f649b3b882a.jpeg4181CDD2-6017-4E02-B413-D0745B1CB5CD.thumb.jpeg.acf45de65f18235bff7d6cb5475f8ada.jpegDEB34F73-B256-4709-8EE7-D469B28CAD6B.thumb.jpeg.6059a01ff43294dbe4779b3fc6bcde73.jpeg299CF750-6F62-46EA-B3DC-B6BDAB900DC3.thumb.jpeg.42a42cc6a4b08801ba1a5060a6ffe13c.jpeg83B00E35-73DD-4A52-A729-84386856B9E6.thumb.jpeg.e7022aabc25a8028ab0f18ad2974bfb7.jpeg6C29618A-B646-4C85-858E-FE235BD03A49.thumb.jpeg.422fa140fc544421e50125b161cd9177.jpegA47B7390-1124-4C88-9879-E83051ACE895.thumb.jpeg.6e216c04104844e9e1b579e851439099.jpeg94DDCF4D-2D18-4FFA-87BD-6C6B37A535AE.thumb.jpeg.8c32c05b8274be84c956c7facd495313.jpeg7ECF65EA-D9EE-4FB0-98D7-6E010D03FA49.thumb.jpeg.1ce8ff210dd02c4b78d12504410978f2.jpeg10258FA2-BB61-4503-B29A-43AFB2BF4361.thumb.jpeg.e98b5339f86cef367bd64b38852364ae.jpeg97458A67-FD86-4310-9671-9FFBAD4CFDC0.thumb.jpeg.59d7a166232088ccedf7ea1fcf687958.jpeg82B8D3A1-4C62-4CD4-B032-826CD4D2DDAC.thumb.jpeg.26a645b3ecfbfbb2aa871860c89f73ab.jpeg2AE82C27-C43C-4433-8099-E168AA832C21.thumb.jpeg.2f2b4b0c9a0f0f137ad8cea204be81ca.jpegF302CFDB-282C-499F-8789-3E7C25422B62.thumb.jpeg.d97823347cfb90c1a4abda474d75c811.jpeg64AC707B-CEDC-4775-87C8-728765A9704D.thumb.jpeg.ee7e8f1f333a4cd97108ea0421212df0.jpeg67D6D1F7-24E5-428B-9E32-3BCC458EC5E8.thumb.jpeg.ff41a6d874afd79c6845b8f49f1e50f7.jpeg7A378E3B-40A5-44ED-956A-AD68AD8D0FBE.thumb.jpeg.584ddd580361f1f49d27243e741daf46.jpeg000F73A5-7169-4C58-952C-92AB9C9C52E2.thumb.jpeg.256600da4c36f79c910cd34bf6ec3a70.jpeg6A904EBC-E0CC-49AE-9B06-E9CEB4CE763F.thumb.jpeg.4d17458224abcf4509c61bd301857999.jpeg562A0CB2-2B4E-4DB8-8BB8-4B80D2782247.thumb.jpeg.191414d0dcc6461b0ed5ccdd33cc9682.jpeg055C99EB-39E9-4E12-A989-385D751EC846.thumb.jpeg.254ea802ea75a5ab2fbf126f67905607.jpeg5EA0BFF2-5857-401D-AE81-6C7079E9CC17.thumb.jpeg.5bb8af7637ef3d12cce528b0e951c67a.jpeg33454FF8-5479-4E14-A7E7-D5F1AF8391DC.thumb.jpeg.892434be2b4e6102b50a28f7e57d5585.jpeg

As more rain was coming, we returned to the cabin, late in the day, and searched for rubies in the nearby river.

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THE VIRGINIA TRIP!

DAYS 1-2: Nothing much to note. For the first cabin, we chose a cabin (actually two cabins joined together by a short passage) that predated the Civil War! No air conditioning, no washer or dryer, no nothin’... except ghosts.F38691BA-F4FF-41BC-840D-FF6C8DAF8914.thumb.jpeg.9ea746c1fa3ad28e45af0444c6cc3d2e.jpeg

Now that I think of it, this cabin reminds me of Paradise Meadows. 

Yep, the cabin was officially confirmed to be haunted a few years ago by a group of paranormal investigators. 

After a long drive, we arrived too late to do anything. So, we put off the exploration until the next day.
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There were woods surrounding the house, which we explored to some extent, finding lots of edible(?) mushrooms, a creepy tree with random items hanging from it, and even an Eastern Newt salamander, which I added to my collection.DCDCA15D-5380-4ACC-8CF1-8FDD9DDDAF8D.thumb.jpeg.7ef61978348698323f77d1f4474e4ab4.jpeg06DA0AE2-C978-4748-AD4E-A3E61BD9D567.thumb.jpeg.1fc9e8c9b5c011ee9c37bf44170570c8.jpegF0F361D9-AC24-47C6-8C4E-E4280FC05590.thumb.jpeg.230467b5b1f2c6117747ae86d67fd4ce.jpegCA29EE8C-BEAE-4FC8-8578-29714D9FA552.thumb.jpeg.9fa886bd7d382204fd06e239d6114b43.jpegThat’s all for now.

 

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On 9/14/2022 at 8:06 AM, Leeanda said:

It does look like paradise meadows.  Coincidence?🤔🙂.  

Cute little fella.  Given him a name yet? 

Looks a beautiful place,and I hope you're having fun.🙂

Coincidence it is... or is it? The salamander’s name is yet to be decided.
Having fun? Well... yes :).

DAY 3: Today was spent in packing up our stuff and going to the second cabin of the trip, little more than a trailer. What should have been a two hour drive turned into a three-hour one, as we stopped at the D-Day Memorial. I can’t say it wasn’t worth it, though:219A43A9-CAF7-40CB-908A-E0A2DCAEC59B.thumb.jpeg.2ea2b6d50789b80d9661e3d1a14e1e9a.jpegBF946105-7E00-4BCB-920F-8F1E20C95C1E.thumb.jpeg.587e542b4c7c3f16c7cfdf24da429d43.jpeg75831DC2-179F-4D98-8643-D992C55BE502.thumb.jpeg.8cfb25eec3e5577be2bb2dedeaf846b2.jpeg

Unfortunately, I was unable to get more pictures.
We arrived at the cabin late; in time to go shopping and eat supper.

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DAY 4: Over breakfast, we had considered going to the battle of Monasses (Bull Run), and the vote was unanimous; we were going to the battlefield... until we started driving around in circles in search of coffee and gas.865D2623-7CEF-44E3-9F3F-4C39E9DF5A2D.thumb.jpeg.b3982a9a468b96c92cb9574a0d90a9d3.jpegAt this sign, we decided to go to the nearby Luray Caverns, instead.

I wish I could have taken pictures... I really do, but, like an idiot, I left my iPad/camera in the car. I can say this, though: it was pretty darn impressive inside those caverns. Oh well. Nothing can be done about that now, I suppose.

After spending hours in the caverns and nearby automobile museum, we made the hours’ drive to the historic town of Winchester, touring the museum, converted from the old town hall.3361D5D6-F411-49B2-BBAC-006903AD51A4.thumb.jpeg.494f849cf2613bee6627ea5d45738006.jpeg24DCA4BD-2593-44DC-B0DF-9902E04976B2.thumb.jpeg.e0537fb1c28deb0a076964a3c5be150c.jpegABA3EA05-E0EF-4CC5-AA0F-DBDA74DAC0AB.thumb.jpeg.166ba01c7e7fde93cc5980ab0d35687b.jpeg4F8D353A-A6AC-43F1-AA21-4BCE46B5B8DB.thumb.jpeg.6d3ff94eb16677b6961e155a110a80f8.jpeg510E8EFC-D19B-453F-89B7-431670E8E8AD.thumb.jpeg.6f13766b9450fed124b6eb08f1db78ac.jpeg8465F5BB-D916-4380-ACDB-C44E4AD1AF6A.thumb.jpeg.974c8db7c3ee38768187cd479eec4877.jpegBADDF676-4084-45A0-9469-54B7F4075A8B.thumb.jpeg.252affec8f2b6fe132cb1734dc2edd86.jpegC0C596C7-4996-4A7E-BE0E-149CAAE9B89B.thumb.jpeg.b5d1ecc25dc6f74fdaa09ed2ebc7d41e.jpeg4287D8A6-713D-43B7-A785-60E087152140.thumb.jpeg.a0620978ddac02461eff18538a04c3e0.jpeg7D9FD706-041D-4BF0-A094-6994835A15DD.thumb.jpeg.7589d73dae6fdad775a6517a2d33af60.jpeg283DAA30-48F3-4E01-9B40-37033EE7158C.thumb.jpeg.b2a1088253d475bc934d34cea8fad188.jpeg5CBE4948-26B2-4AD4-A9B7-94801CE2A8EA.thumb.jpeg.023a6279cebe3ed0a07ffbe802c4f44d.jpeg7750060B-FD99-46E4-A06A-EF50A73C4536.thumb.jpeg.88919163ce373f3ee9d4a2ac17b938ce.jpeg8D9970B3-27AD-4D4D-8F55-B03BD1F4BEE4.thumb.jpeg.d31be783d882d488a3a040003774c68a.jpegD77D2847-55B2-489A-818F-4A2818897696.thumb.jpeg.aad2ba37b9d520468050a65d1349d890.jpegFC73E3A7-ACD0-493B-8487-59AEC4912D33.thumb.jpeg.edb9de025932ad8d75f699025f13dcb2.jpeg2AC55F1A-692E-4345-8F62-4B36ADC1E6B3.thumb.jpeg.2c4dbc2112616fd32d441c20fc091359.jpegB9FD3AD2-FA20-4DF8-8C30-3BC998CC602D.thumb.jpeg.a432535b60b46120d8557b9eb07b5304.jpegOver all, pretty neat, as was the restaurant we went to afterwards.

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