Hiking Heaven

JG and I just spent the most wonderful week of hiking in the Pisgah National Forest.  Located just south of Asheville, NC this area has a little something for everyone – hikers, bikers, fishermen, swimmers, as long as you enjoy the outdoors, you will have a good time here.

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We made our base in the quaint town of Hendersonville, a town of 13,000 but feels like a real city with over 130 restaurants and a downtown filled with delightful shops.  The first thing we noticed were the bears – no not the ones you find in the forest, but the bear art that is everywhere downtown.

This has become a retirement community for very active seniors, we saw a lot of white hair on the trails.  But there were plenty of young families out too.

First day of hiking was to Dupont Forest where the waterfalls were the main attraction.

Of course if you want a view and you don’t want to put much effort into it – Jump Off Rock is the place to go.

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Day 2 we headed to Flat Rock and hiked the trails around the Carl Sandburg Home.

The view was blocked by the trees, but we did see some wild turkeys.

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A quick trip to Brevard, yielded a glimpse at a white squirrel (which I had never before seen).

Okay that last shot is just me being silly.

Also saw these sites while walking around downtown Brevard.

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The last day, we did our most challenging hike to John’s Rock – located near a fish hatchery, this is named for all the workers who helped build parks for the CCC during the Roosevelt administration.

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Walking through what is considered a rain forest, and crossing the creek on log bridges, IMG_20180712_094133IMG_20180712_093830 you arrive on top of the world.

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Our timing could have been better, because as soon as we got to the top, we could see some weather headed our way.

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And, sure enough, we ended up walking the 1.7 miles back down in the rain.  We had towels and clean clothes in the car, it was a warm day, and we actually ended up enjoying it.

Life is always an adventure with this guy by my side.

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Shhh, it’s a secret. . .

One of the things I like best about hiking, is the peacefulness of being in the forest.  Nothing can ruin a hike quicker for me than to meet a fellow hiker with a boom box (yes, this has happened).  I’m not crazy about crowds when I’m seeking solitude.  So I was delighted to discover a little known hike, with an amazing view; not a single fellow hiker in sight; (other than JG) and, it required almost no effort to walk to the rocky ledge.

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It did, however, require long pants.  This trail is not well traveled so you do have to sift through some thickets.

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Can you spot my companion?

It was a little on the hazy side today, but the view was still incredible.

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That’s JG with his signature drink.

We originally planned a longer hike, but on Monday, JG thought it would be fun for us to learn Pickleball.  Let’s just say, it was a little more strenuous than we anticipated and one of us pulled a muscle (JG) and was not sure how far he could hike.

We enjoyed our time up there.  I’m not going to tell you where it is because I don’t want it to become another McAfee’s Knob.  (Actually, there is little chance of that since it requires a 3.3 mile drive down a narrow, gravel road.) But, still.

Now it’s off to celebrate our National Holiday.  Even though I’m not feeling a lot of patriotism these days, I’ll take any excuse to hang out with friends.  I’ll leave you with this one last view of my mystery hike.

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Hope you all had a fun day!