Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Moore Cove Falls, Brevard

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The weather cooled off a bit this weekend and I convinced my hubby Don to go for a hike with me.  We usually take a few a month but this summer has been to hot to even think about hiking!  This trail in off the blue Ridge Parkway near Brevard.  It was fairly easy (if we had been in shape) but mostly uphill going in.

Lots of huge boulders lined the path and you could see more and even caves off into the forest.  Some areas we had to maneuver between rocks to stay on the path ad in others it was tricky to find secure footing on the tree roots.  This area gets a good amount of rain - hence the name Land of Waterfalls - so many spots were washed out or very wet.

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We followed the creek in so it was not clear which water noise was the falls or creek.   Moore Cove is 50 feet high and at the end of a narrow forest cove.  Several couples with dogs had settled in to rest in the shade of the falls.  There is another rough trail up to another falls above this but with it being so muddy we passed ont that one which is not as high as Moore Cove.

 Access to this free fall waterfall is via a small parking area by a stone bridge on U.S. 276, one mile north (toward the Blue Ridge Parkway) from Looking Glass Falls in Pisgah National Forest. A separate wooden pedestrian bridge takes you across the creek to access the .7 mile trail (1.4 miles roundtrip). There are no signs on the highway for Moore Cove, but there is an information board by the parking lot so you will know you are in the right spot!

Moore Creek has a low volume of water, especially during dry spells. The waterfall is most spectacular after a good rain. Extended dry weather can reduce the falls to a trickle. Our favorite part of this waterfall is the ability to walk behind it and hang out under a large rock overhang. What an enchanted setting!


A couple of guys are up on the ledge next to the falls  You have to be very careful hiking in areas like this - many people fall to their deaths trying to hike to the top of the falls. Don went ahead going back - most was happily downhill except this part.

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Looking back you can see the massive rock the falls drop down from.  The area was cool, hidden from the sunlight except for some dappled rays that got through and lots of fallen logs, moss and ferns created the landscape - a real gem of a hike!

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Lake Eden, Black Mountain

I have finally gotten my hard drive replaced and am back online! I took these shots this past week of Lake Eden in the resort town of Black Mountain.

Set amidst the Blue Ridge mountains, just below Mt. Mitchell this spot is home to the LEAF Festival (Lake Eden Arts Festival). Formerly the historic Black Mountain College, and presently a summer camp (Camp Rockmont), it's a beautiful 600 acre site. Rolling hills, mountain lakes, streams and woods create a setting which is relaxing and inspiring.

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Computer Crash

My hard drive has died on my computer - we will be looking for another one to replace this one but until then will be offline! Hope to be back soon.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Peaches and Beer

I thought I would finish my trip to Virginia with this post combining our visit to a peach orchard and then dinner on the way home. We were in a tiny town called Crozet (croa-zey)in the Shenandoah Valley just east of I-81 and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

This very rural area is rapidly getting developed with golf courses, neighborhoods and the like but we did find Chiles Peach Orchard and Farm Market, a lovely old peach orchard complete with a ice cream/produce/ peach stand. We got a bag and headed out to the trees.

The orchard was quite sizable and I loved how the rows of trees met in the middle making a covered archway to walk under. The fruit was sweet and deliciuos and we picked a bagful to take home with us.

While I was at my 2 hour appointment, my husband hit the nearby golf course for nine holes and then downed a quick refreshing beer at the local brewery. The town, though small looked like it had a lot of character and boasted some fine eateries as well.

We asked at the doctor's office where to eat dinner on the way back home and were told to go to Devil's Backbone restaurant and brewery in Roseland - putting us 20 minutes out of our way but well worth it. The building itself was impressive - Lindal Log Home. The owners used recycled materials to make the floors, indoor and exterior walls and other finishings. The red roof was tin and right red umbrellas topped the outdoor tables.

What made this place unique was that they made their own beers - they offered about eight of their own beers on tap, ranging from a pale ale to a porter. We both ordered one of their beers and were delighted!

I ordered a salad made from vegetables grown in their own garden with feta cheese, sunflowers seeds and fresh red strawberries. My husband got meatloaf, potatoes and broccoli garnished with a spicy pepper. Their meat comes from local grass fed, hormone free humanely raised stock from Gryffon's Aerie . This farm raises heritage breed cows, pigs and lamb and the meats are dry aged.

Grass fed beef is leaner than grain fed and chock full of omega 3's. He said the beef was more like eating a lean steak rather than a meat loaf. Absolutely delicious.

The view was outstanding with the mountains surrounding us and the sky a vivid blue. We drove back through the mountains to I-81 and home.

Hope you enjoyed this outing for more red posts please be sire to visit Ruby Tuesday and Rednesday!

Friday, August 13, 2010

One Last Garden Tour!

One more set of pictures from the garden tours my friend Emily and I took a few weeks back. This home had a lovely front yard raised vegetable garden along with flower beds with a mulch pathway through.

A wood deck had been added to the entrance with a private spot for sitting under shade trees. There were enormous window boxes attached to the chimney and outside walls.

Around back the owners who were both artists, had converted an old storage shed into two small studios for their art work. To us they could easily have been guest rooms or a small apartment - they looked so cozy and welcoming.

Next to the studios they had built a small patio with a pergola and another bit of greenery and birdbath. It was lovely and very private.

On the way out we stopped by an ancient red oak tree which had a metal plaque on it denoting it as a Precious Tree - one that had stood there for hundreds of years from the size of it. It provided lots of shade for their carport and the side rooms of the cozy bungalow. My friend Emily is showing us how big the tree trunk is!

Hope you enjoyed this last round of photos - soon the fall garden tours will be offered and I am sure to go to some more! I am playing Scenic Sunday and Today's Flowers this weekend so please do stop by the their blogs.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Lexington, VA

Last week I had a medical appointment in Virginia and my husband and I made a road trip out of it. We stopped to have lunch in a lovely historic old town of Lexington. Being a native New Englander, growing up surrounded by history, I was happily surprised at the amount of old buildings in pristine condition. Everywhere you looked was history! I wish we had more time or I knew better what I was looking at but I managed to grab some photos and being of brick most of the buildings are red!

Here is a bit of info on the town - The entire city of Lexington is listed on the Historic National Registry and can easily be enjoyed on foot, car, or from a carriage ride. The architecture in this picturesque 19th century town has been carefully preserved. With over 40 shops, downtown Lexington is a shopper’s paradise offering gifts, fine art, clothing, shoes, and more.

Located in the Shenandoah Valley just surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, this area is one of my favorite in Virginia. The town is home to Washington and Lee University and Virginia Military Institute. Four generals have been a vital part of the history - George Washington, Robert E. Lee, Thomas Stonewall Jackson and George C. Marshall.

This looked like an interesting restaurant - every business was located inside a very old historic building. The Red Hen below was suggested as a great place to eat but it was closed that day.

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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Photo Hunt - Colorful

Our town has a wonderful organic farm that sells extra produce via the honor system in this little cart by the side of the road. You pick out what you want to buy - flowers, fruit or vegetables and then leave the money in the tube. It is a very colorful little spot that I pass on my way home.

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