Tuesday, May 09, 2006
Chimney Rock, NC
Chimney Rock, NC April 27, 2006
Heavy rain still but headed to Chimney Rock, NC anyway. http://www.chimneyrockpark.com/ We have all the bad weather gear including good hiking boots and slickers so figured what the heck. Just as we approached the rock, the sun broke, temps rose and the weather had kept the crowds away. What a challenging but fun drive up to the rock entry. One mile of switch backs to the park gate, then a mile up to the rock itself. I doubt a class A could have made it around some of the corners but the TC handled it perfectly. We have to return to this area and explore some more. Took elevator the 26 stories up to base of Chimney Rock but walked to the falls and all the way down. Kept thinking I'd meet Daniel Day Lewis running up the mountain like in "The Last of the Mohicans" movie which was shot partially in this park. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0104691/.
One of the best roads we drove was a tiny one from Chimney Rock up to Black Mountain, NC. From Lake Lure on Route 64, head west to Route 9 at Bat Cave, NC. Follow the deep curves, steep hills and switchbacks through country side that hasn't changed much since the settlers. We've often thought of retiring to this area but a look at real estate prices might make us stay right where we are. Reluctantly left the area and went interstates up to VA to visit the family.
Lots of time with mom from April 28 - May 1, rescuing her from the assisted living facility for day trips and family time. Be kind to your kids - they are the ones who will kidnap you from the home when it is your turn.