Friday, October 21, 2011

Bat Cave, Apples and Black Cats


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!


14 comments:

Old Kitty said...

I love these names, Bat Cave, Hickory Nap Gorge, Rocky Broad River...!! How lovely!!

Awww but Midnight in this most wonderful Alice in Wonderland shop is just brilliant!!! What a cutie! What a shop!!! Yay!!

Thanks for the intro to this fab place! The apples look scrummy! Take care
x

eileeninmd said...

The store must be very popular this time of year. With halloween so close everyone is loking for their pumplins and I would love some apples. Great photos and post, have a wonderful weekend.

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

what a delightful post!
loved to see those pumpkins and that cute little face!

Roberto Machado Alves said...

The look of the cat is very interesting. I like it.

Romina said...

Lots of pumpkin and their faces are cute, they must sell quickly before Halloween comes, the kitten looks beautiful beside the pumpkin face.

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Fun time ~ gorgeous area ~ Love the cat photo ~ ^_^thanks and namaste, Carol (A Creative Harbor) linked w/Camera Critters ^_^

Carol@The Writers Porch said...

I could almost smell those apples!
Great photos!

Odie Langley said...

Interesting names and very interesting places. Loved the pictures.

Tina´s PicStory said...

sweet cat :)

Oakland Daily Photo said...

We were in the Smokey Mountains a week ago. Wish we could have stayed to see the leaves change. Happy autumn.

MC said...

The first photo is so breathtaking!

Visiting you from Scenic Sunday.
High Lang Escapades

nonizamboni said...

Thanks for taking us along on this delightful fall tour--loved the cat! I could feel autumn in the air.

Ann said...

I went to Borneo, to see the Mulu caves where there are lots of bats. But the day I went, it was raining, and the bats stayed in the cave.

Snap said...

What fun visiting A Touch In Time. All the fall decorations, the pumpkins and apples and, of course, the kitty! You can never have enough STUFF!

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