Saturday, December 26, 2009

Hikes in Snow, Wind and Floods

Hiking is something I always look forward to when I come home to western North Carolina. I attempted the Rich Mountain hike on Christmas Eve, but high winds on the ridges made it extremely dangerous with dead limbs falling all around me. I turned back.

Christmas Day I stayed off the ridges and hiked the Laurel River trail that parallels the river -- the snow melt and rain the night before caused the river to flood -- so there was a constant roar as I walked the trail -- a cliff on my left -- the raging Laurel River just inches away on my right.The snow melt had created some amazing waterfalls on both sides of the river.And the plant life loved the water!
Tim-Berrrr! The beavers decided to take a break.