|You still have to climb this tower after already walking 1/2 mile straight up!|
There are some buildings from the early 1900's but we didn't stop at them. It was just a pleasant drive through the valley. Very much like the Cataloochee Valley that we've visited twice to see the elk.
I find it interesting to imagine the communities that settle in these well defined valleys. It's obviously such a natural place to settle. Love those pioneers! We headed home about 5:45pm. Driving directly it would take about 3 hours. Oh what a drive! I won't bore you with the details but much of the drive included utter darkness on the Blue Ridge Parkway, a driving rain (is that a pun?), the road lines obliterated by fallen mushy leaves, fog (I didn't think you could have fog with rain) and finally HAIL!!! It was a little tense. Home sweet home was just that!