Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Asheville - North Carolina

2011-05-14 - Asheville, North Carolina - Back to Nature

The forecast called for a chance of rain so we decided not to do an exposed hike today. Instead we explored several of the areas waterfalls. We started out with a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway. What a beautiful drive but quite the windy road. Our first stop was Graveyard Fields, named due to an old blow down of trees that mounded up over time and looked like a graveyard. We made the short hike to the lower falls and then set out for a longer hike (3 miles) to the upper falls. Quite beautiful.

Matt taking photos at the Lower Falls
The lower falls - notice all the layer of falls.
We left the Blue Ridge Parkway to an even curvier road. I was getting sick and I was driving. We found the Whitewater falls and made the short walk down to the viewing platform. This waterfall is the highest east of the Rockies. We were just finishing up photographing the falls when the first rain drops started.  By the time we were halfway up the stairs, it started pouring and we were soaked by the time we made it half way back to the car.

White water falls
Did I mention that it was raining cats & dogs - We were soaked by the time we reached that little roofed structure that you can see in the middle of the photo.

 We arrived back in town and decided to go photography a huge patch of flowers at the rest area that we had seen on our drive in.  Unfortunately, the blooms were past their peak, but you get the idea of what it would have looked like from the photos.  
Anyone recognize these flowers???

I have also updated my last post with some photos, so if you receive this in an email, be sure to click HERE to see the photos.

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