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Grandfather Mountain

Various images from visits to Grandfather Mountain. Read More
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Linville Falls

One of the oldest waterfalls in the area at milepost 316.4. Read More
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Blue Ridge Parkway

Take a look at the many images from the Blue Ridge Parkway around Boone, Linville and other towns. Read More
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Big C's Tailgate

The best tailgate in the High Country dedicated to the positive promotion of the Appalachian State Mountaineers. Read More
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Trail TREKs - Traversing the High Country

A collection of short stories and photos from my many hikes in the western mountains of North Carolina. There is Read More
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Category Archives: Hikes

God Spoke to me Today

A trail message that I will never forget
Linville River

View up the Linville River after coming down the Linville Gorge Trail from the Babel Trail.

A hike down the Babel trail on a rather hot and muggy day yielded me a pleasant conversation with a woman from Cornelius, NC. She was teaching her rescue dog how to be a good trail hiking buddy. He was doing pretty good for the most part but all the smells seemed to overwhelm him at times. His name was Lucky.

Anyway, God spoke to me today when I found a coin laying on the trail just visible on a flat rock. At first I thought it was a bottle cap but when I picked it up to place in my pocket I noticed a cross all the way through and inscriptions on both sides.

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Fall Color Top 10

Fall on the Parkway

Autumn in the mountains of North Carolina draws people from all over the country. During peak season the surrounding area is flooded with leaf lookers searching for some spectacular color combinations.

Those who ride in the car can travel the back roads and the Blue Ridge Parkway for the easy views. Many opt to hike in and capture their favorite panoramic shots on the many trails available in the High Country. Below are some of the trail selected that produce the best color for those who seek the beauty and the adventure in one package.

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Exploring Boone Fork

Boone Fork

Boone Fork

Green Salamander

Green Salamander

This day was not one I was motivated to hike so I opted to explore Boone Fork stream up from the Bonne Fork turn out. This section is so cool to explore because it is real rocky.

The water was low and as I moved up stream I noticed several pools and waterfalls. Tiny waterfalls that produced a soothing sound that would put you to sleep. I decided to shoot these small waterfalls and just experiment with different angles. It was pretty fun to think out of the box.

Sometimes you do come across a small salamander, newt or snake. I found a salamander on this adventure and from my research it looked to be a Green Salamander. A beautiful creature for sure.

With all the pools, dips and small ledges, it is east to see why this section is fun to rock hop on. Go, enjoy but leave the rocks alone. No rock cairns.

Trek on!

Linville Gorge in June

Linville River

The Linville River is a beautiful river that draws plenty of people needing to pull from its energy.

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Linville Gorge in June

No Barriers in the Gorge

Rob_No Barriers Shirt

Sporting a T-shirt to spread the word of the No Barriers Summit.

This was my second hike after a very eventful No Barriers Summit so I decided to sport my shirt and spread the word.