ASHEVILLE FALLING WATER EDITION

28 May

For spending 24 hours only in Asheville, NC, I would say that Zach, Kori and I absolutely made the most of every single second!! In fact it was such a JAM-PACKED time that I really need to break it up into two posts, so here is Asheville, part one.

Sunday morning Zach and I got up and packed our stuff and had breakfast a’la Heather. 🙂 I told her it was like being in a bed and breakfast! She made us Benton’s bacon (which is INSANELY good bacon) which, coincidentally, was also the bacon that was on Zach’s breakfast biscuit the day before. She also made blueberry plantain pancakes. The plantains replaced the eggs in these awesome pancakes and Zach and I had several with PB and sorghum. They were experimental for Heather but they turned out great and were incredibly low-calorie!

After we ate we headed on the road to Asheville, a beautiful drive.

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It was just a 2 hour drive for us from Knoxville. Kori was driving up at the same time and we spent a good amount of excited phone time saying “Now where are you?! Now how far does your gps say?!” until we arrived at the Hotel Indigo just minutes apart!! We were awfully excited to check out our cool hotel but it wasn’t the time for that yet. Instead we left Kori’s car there, jumped back in ours and got back on the road. This time for Pisgah National Forest.

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We had a map that I had carefully detailed of 9 waterfalls close together and the plan was to hit as many as possible. First stop was for Slick Rock Falls which was a very short hike off the road.

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We gave each falls our own version of the name and this one was dubbed “Slick Sandal” due to my wearing flip-flops that about caused me to fall multiple times. I changed after the first falls. 🙂 It was beautiful and we took several pictures, of course.

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There was room to walk behind the falls and we even got to go back in a small cave. All very cool stuff!

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We had my regular camera as well as my underwater one and we also took my tripod everywhere to get group shots at each stop. After stop one we gave ourselves explorer names- Dora for me (since I was in charge of leading the expeditions), Butler Alfred for Zach (since he has to drive everywhere and basically cater to whatever we want ;)) and Kori was Strawberry (just because that seems to fit her personality). Yeah, we’re a little different but man do we have fun! Next stop was Daniel Ridge Falls aka Daniel Radcliffe Falls.

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This one was a little more of a hike to get to but still not too far and my directions led us perfectly!

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Again we got in our group shots as well as some others-

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Short drive after this and we started the hike to Cove Creek Falls. This hike was substantially longer being about a mile to the falls, mostly uphill with semi-confusing directions. We stopped for picture ops along the way-

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Somehow came out at the top of the falls…

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Then hiked down to the bottom for our pictures.

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These falls were huge and gorgeous!

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Kori and I even got in…sort of.

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Then began the hike back…the long, confusing and totally lost hike back. We’d done so well up to this point and we followed the directions to a T but ended up on the wrong trail. How were we supposed to know that following the “blue blazes” meant only BRIGHT blue blazes and not the LIGHT blue blazes. Confusing.

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We walked the wrong trail for over 45 minutes, ended up on other wrong trails and when we found ourselves on a gravel bike trail (which can go on and on for miles without ever having an exit point) we decided to backtrack. We made our way almost to the waterfall where the trail had split, saw a separate spur trail with only BRIGHT blue blazes, walked through a camp area set up with tents and tons of stuff but no people (we decided it must be a zombie outbreak) and found ourselves at the car within 10 minutes. We spent an hour and a half and all that time if we had have turned the right way initially we were only 10 minutes from the car. At least it didn’t dampen our spirits! 🙂 Due to all of this we renamed Cove Creek Falls to Lost Creek Falls. We were ravenous by the time we reached the car and all 3 of us split a large stouffers mac and cheese.

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We inhaled that thing in minutes. My was it good. 🙂 At this point we were getting pressed for time so we decided to do just one more falls since there was one right off the road. This was Looking Glass Falls and it was a big one!

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It started raining while we were here which further cemented Kori and I’s decision that we HAD to get in before we were done. After all, we were already getting wet, right? 🙂 The water was FREEEEEZING!!!!

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It was so cold it literally took your breath away and we were gasping out at Zach to “Hurry up and take the picture!!” so we could get back out. This falls? We named it Looking Cold. 🙂

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We deemed this our last stop and started heading out of the park. It was good timing because for the next 15 to 20 minutes it POURED on us. A good time to be in the car! Thankfully as we headed back into Asheville and our hotel it cleared up and there wasn’t another drop again the rest of the night. 🙂 But that the rest of our afternoon/night in Asheville is for another post! Oh, all that hiking around gave us 8.1 miles. Not too shabby, huh?!

Sunday’s Food Journal (first half):

  • Breakfast – 2 1/2 slices bacon, 3 plantain pancakes
  • Lunch – 1/3 stouffer’s mac and cheese

460.5/1,400 miles.

 

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