We just got back from spending a couple of days in the mountains. My Man, who is a United Methodist pastor, attends the UMC Annual Conference every June in Lake Junaluska, west of Asheville. Sometimes we go with him, and go play while he goes to meetings.
This year we went up on Thursday afternoon, spent all day Friday playing, and then came home Saturday morning. We had fun!
First thing Friday morning, we drove through Haywood County and onto the Blue Ridge Parkway en route to our hiking spot. Here are some of the scenes from the overlooks we passed: (btw, you can click on any of these photos to enlarge them)
We went to Graveyard Fields Trail to go hiking. It's called Graveyard Fields because, well, you can read about it here if you click on the picture to enlarge:
This trail is listed as "easy", and it really is. The loop totals 3.1 miles, all at a very slight grade. You get to see & climb on two sets of falls, and walk a nice hike following a stream. There are gobs of wild blackberry bushes in bloom now, and wild blueberry bushes that they say are in fruit in the fall.
These are pictures from the first set of falls we saw, called "Second Falls" :-) They aren't really big, but they are nice for climbing on. I was sort of in the middle of the falls, so my pictures of the falls themselves aren't very impressive.
Here are some pictures of the hike:
And these are from the second set of falls, called "Upper Falls". If you'll click on these, you'll see My Girl and My Boy had climbed up to the base of the big falls to put their heads under the water.
After we finished our hike, we drove on to Sliding Rock. The kids had fun here, even with the frigid water temperature!
And we finished up at Looking Glass Falls. My Boy went swimming at the base of the falls, but My Girl had had enough cold mountain water by this point.
This was a terrific day -- just enough exertion and just enough water fun. We can't wait to go back!