Creeping towards 35 y/o, disabled, yet determined semi-pro freelance photographer, blogger/writer, Apple, & all-around tech geek living in the western NC mountains.
Dry Falls is a 65-foot plunging waterfall just a few miles north of Highlands, NC. The water that forms it flows north through the Nantahala National Forest before finally tumbling over a long bluff, dropping to the rocky gorge floor below. The name refers to the fact that when the water flow is low, you can actually walk behind the falls and stay somewhat dry. Getting there is half the fun—like most of the mountain destinations of western North Carolina, the drive is beautiful. To view the falls you have two options. The first is a long set of stairs that will take you to the bottom where you might be able to go behind the falls if conditions are right. The second is a raised viewing platform at the parking level, perfect for anyone who cannot take the stairs. It affords a wider view of the falls and the gorge.Like Add a Comment
Tallulah Falls is not one, but a series of six cascading waterfalls spanning a mile of the Tallulah River. There are trails throughout the park, but the south rim is complete with benches, small shaded areas, and the lookouts with the best vantage points. For the physically fit and the brave, a suspension bridge is accessed by a steep stairway on either of the gorge walls. It sways 80 feet above the river in front of the falls for a great view.Like Add a Comment
Cades Cove offer activities for all types of adventurers. Biking, horseback riding, hiking, swimming, camping, and sight-seeing are all within grasp. However, the beauty of Cades Cove lies in the nooks and crannies of creation. Park your car in one of the pull offs and walk just off the driven track. Patches of woods offer fawns nestled down, birds singing, ancient trees telling history, and bears playing with their friends. My photo captures a mother bear, fifteen yards away, looking after two cubs ferociously chasing a butterfly. The green accents the black of her coat, and the sun lightens the tense air of a human near the cubs. I photographed her for an hour, thankful to her for sharing the real Cades Cove with me.Like Add a Comment
The narrow cobblestone streets of America's oldest city were obviously built for a century that's long gone. So ditch the car and walk the quaint and colorful St. Augustine Historical District on the Matanzas River. Within this 46-block area of Spanish-influenced architecture, two of the blocks are a total "living history" re-creation of life in the 1740s, where you can watch working blacksmiths, carpenters, and homemakers. At the northern end of the district, stroll through the ruins of Castillo de San Marcos, a Spanish fort built in 1672, still outfitted with original mounted cannons, a moat, and coquina rock walls made of limestone and shells. Rest your feet—and your head—at night in one of at least 26 historic bed-and-breakfast inns.Like Add a Comment