I got up early this morning and did some computer work for my previous employer. Once Connie had gotten up, we decided to go over to Linville Falls and do a hike today. Our friends, Fred & Bonnie, had done this walk last week and told the views of the fall were nice. Before we left, Connie received a phone call from one of her high school classmates that her husband (who had also gone to high school with Connie) had passed away recently of liver failure. It is always sad when someone you know dies, but when they are the same age as you it makes your realize our time is limited.
It took about 30 minutes for us to drive over to the parking area for the Linville Falls trail. From the parking lot we walked up the road 0.6 miles to the information center (which was closed) to use the restrooms and then walked back to the trailhead. We started down the trail and commented that it would be the uphill on our way back.
|Connie being swallowed up by tree roots along the trail|
|View of the smaller falls up stream|
From there we walked further along the trail to the Chimney View Overlook. The steps down to this overlook were very steep and you have to be careful not to fall. We took our time going down and coming up since part of the steps were still wet from the rain last night.
|View down the canyon below the falls|
|Erwin Overlook at the end of the trail|
|Connie taking a break on the uphill trail back to the parking lot|
Leaving the Linville Falls trail, we headed up the Blue Ridge Parkway towards Little Switzerland. There are a number of overlook pull off spots along the highway.
|View of the Blue Ridge Mountains|
I did some more work for the office and then we visited with a few campers from the Reunion Rally who had moved across the street to the regular campground (we are still camped at the Rally Section of the campground with two other RV's). It started to rain again and we retired to The Duchess.