Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Dave Who Went Up A Mountain And Came Down The Same Mountain Several Hours Later

This week we have had some visitors in our house. Friends of ours from Canada came by for a visit. Today we decided to take them up to Grandfather Mountain to show them some of the amazing views and vistas that make up the Blue Ridge Mountains.

We had to take two vehicles today as all of us do not fit into one car. There was room for 3 adults, and we had 4. I drew the short straw and drove up solo, so I took the opportunity to get in some geocaching and some extra hiking to Flat Rock. The following is a short series of photographs I took on my adventure into the mountains.

I am currently re-reading The Lord Of The Rings, and I kept thinking of scenes from the book as during my hiking. First off it has been raining a lot lately so there was a lot of mist in the air which reminded me strongly of the Misty Mountains from the book. The quote from Bilbo Baggins also keps jumping into my head: "It's a dangerous business, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no telling where you might be swept off to."

All in all it was a fun and interesting day of exploring. I hope to get back into these mountains as soon as I can. Adventure awaits!