I’ve been walking more and riding my bike lately, which has led to discovering natural areas near me. This morning, barely after sunrise, a friend and I went to ride a new trail. Here are some of the sights we saw.
On our last day of exploration in North Carolina, Deb and I decided to visit Linville Falls. It was quite a trip from Hendersonville, winding through Marion and up a long winding mountain road. It seemed that we would never arrive. I’m glad we didn’t have to climb that mountain on foot! Once we arrived at the parking lot for the falls, we hiked the trail to the falls.
There were several overlooks for viewing the falls, and Deb and I stopped at two of them. We took our time, enjoying the scenery as we climbed each trail.
While we were on the second platform, we overheard a little girl telling her parents that she wanted to see the copperhead. I didn’t think anything about that statement, but Deb looked quizzically at the mother and repeated, “Copperhead?” The mother replied, “Yes, there is a copperhead snake on the trail to the next overlook. Just stay to the left.” Deb and I looked at each other and I said, “I have enough shots of the falls, so I really don’t need to go to the next overlook.” Deb agreed, and we went back down the trail to the car.
Copperhead snakes are the most likely snake to bite. They bite more people than any other snake, and while not usually fatal, they should be avoided. I don’t know if anyone was bitten that day at Linville Falls. We didn’t wait around to find out!
Coming down the mountain from the falls was even more harrowing than driving up. We inched our way down the banked winding road and we were rewarded with another small waterfall along the way. We took a break from the ride down the mountain to take a photo. It was a good trip, and Linville Falls was an exciting way to end our North Carolina excursion.
In my last post, I said that Deb and I ended our daytrip at Mingo Falls. We didn’t. I forgot that after climbing up to the falls, we continued northwest to Bryson City to visit Clingman’s Dome. We drove up into the mountains for 45 minutes or so, then climbed the quarter mile to the top of the mountain to the observation tower. Here are some of the shots of the beautiful mountains surrounding us from the peak.
Over the past few weeks, sunrises have been obscured by a thick layer of clouds in the east. We’ve been getting more rain than we usually do this time of year, but the temperatures have been wonderful. I ventured out recently to see if I could get a few good shots at sunrise.