On a warm day last week I decided to take a drive from my town down the twisty steep Route 9, dropping 1000 feet through Hickory Nap Gorge to tiny Bat Cave. The Gorge was formed by the Rocky Broad River which begins in the high mountains as a stream, gaining depth and width as it winds down to Lake Lure. The canyon is 14 miles long and dotted with picturesque towns. With Halloween approaching, it seemed appropiate to stop in Bat Cave! Bat Cave is named for Bat Cave Mountain and yes there is a bat cave at the base of the mountain but it is on private property and not open for viewing. As you can see the foliage has not turned here yet.
One of my favorite places is this wonderful old building housing the gift shop, A Touch in Time. The front porch beckons with a line of pumpkins on the railing along with a cart full for sale on the lawn. Local apples and cabbage spilled from the bins. Halloween decorations and painted pumpkins filled every nook and cranny.
Since I like tart apples, the owner told me to try the Arkansas Blacks and to put in a few Pink Lady too. It was only $5. for a bag full of delicious apples. North Carolina is the 7th largest apple producer in USA and this county is the largest producer in NC. It is peak apple season so there were plenty of varieties to choose from.
Inside the shop, Midnight, the resident black cat, greeted customers from his perch on the counter. Sitting next to a painted pumpkin, he certainly fit the spirit of the season. I have several black cats and love them, dearly, perhaps even more since they are the last to get adopted in animal shelters.
The shop sells lots of local crafts, postcards and many Christmas items. I only took away some photos and apples. I guess I have more than enough "stuff" already at my house. Have a wonderful weekend!