|The view from the top|
|The "other" Debbie|
|Dave and Ardis|
We arrived safely at the bottom and went our separate ways. Later that day Debbie and I went shopping for her sticks. They were pricey but they're going to be very helpful for Debbie. We finished the evening at a cheapo Japanese steak house, yuck, bought provisions at the grocery store and headed back up the mountain.
Tuesday was another pleasant day. We lounged about in the morning, then, like a big boy, I went to some stores in Hendersonville by myself. Not just any stores, but the best. Home Depot, Lowe's and Sam's. That evening we went to Debbie and Mike's camper for a get together. There were 8 of us there for appetizers, burritos and margaritas. I stuck with my Diet Pepsi. We had a most enjoyable and animated evening. We were there with people we genuinely enjoy and both Mike and Debbie were wonderfully gracious.
Wednesday was a great day. It was our 20th anniversary! We began with breakfast at our no frills place in Brevard. Then we headed for the trail. Without putting together the connection, our destination was Bridal Veil Falls in the DuPont State Forest. (Bridal....Anniversary ....get it). We've spoken of DuPont in earlier blogs. We continue to learn interesting things about the place. The land was originally owned by DuPont Chemical. In addition to the location of their plant. it was a recreational location for executives etc. Eventually Dupont shut down their plant and left and ownership changed hands a couple of times. The last owner, prior to the state of NC, was a home developer. Also, part of the forest was an upscale camp of some sort. The developer had begun construction of an upscale subdivision before a group, determined to save the forest, convinced the state of NC to buy the land from the developer. The information we read said the state paid the developer four times what he paid for the land and he immediately left, leaving buildings, etc in various stages of construction. The result is that there are multiple structures, in various stages of completion, throughout the forest. This includes log cabins, lodges, docks, barns and even an airstrip. Some of this is interesting but my strong practical side grieves about the waste of these resources.
So we did our hike. It was 6.5 miles and we were out about 5 hours. The area has over 90 trails. Some are gravel roads, some are narrow trails but all are well marked. Our first destination was Bridal Veil Falls. The falls are a loooooooong sheet of rock with variations that create the falls. The sight is great, but even more so, it's like a big kids playground. There's some juvenile pleasure in walking up the rock, between the paths of the waterfall.
|Duane at Bridal Veil Falls|
|Ranger's work view|
|Partially constructed (and deserted) lodge at DuPont State Forest|
|Our private view while eating our Granola Bars|