On Monday, to celebrate Presidents Day (do Americans actually celebrate this holiday? I am from away so it is hard to say) I headed over to Elkin NC to do some exploring and geocaching. I basically took this advice from the marquee at the local movie theatre:
The centerpiece of the town was some old box cars stretched out in a field. It was unclear to me if these were abandoned or just being stored, but the tracks were a bit rusty. I stopped to take a few shots, then went on to investigate the historic downtown.
Allow me a bit of artistic license to give a slightly different view of the same scene...
As I explored downtown, I ended up at a 'world famous hotdog' place. One can't make a claim like that and not be challenged so I decided to test their assertion by ordering lunch. The dogs were pretty tasty, but I'm not ready to give them 'worlds best' quite yet. I did try one with slaw (my first slaw dog), which was mighty tasty.
After lunch I grabbed my 2000th find. Afterwards I went to a nice park in the middle of town that ran along the Elkin River. One of the geocaches I found was simply hanging from a tree in a camo'd mesh bag. I've not seen this particular hide style before, but it seems to be effective enough.
I followed the trail (there being a geocache 1/3rd of a mile down that was begging me to find it). Suddenly the slowly meandering Elkin river was broken up by this man made waterfall. The markings were unclear, but I suspect this was part of an old power generation scheme.