Friday, March 4, 2011
Eventually, we began to climb up and away from the creek
and we came to the top of the ridge with the trail marker. We all stopped to check out the signs and get our bearings before turning left and angling down the mountain. Larry had some issues with the distance. I think he questioned Lou..who was quoting, Gary..but hey..it's all good. :-)
We enjoyed a burst of energy when we caught sight of the tower at the Powerhouse. Soon, we were crossing the highway and joining the Cougar group. We found out the over-achiever had taken off up the highway to fetch a vehicle back to us. Now that's what I call a good guy. He shuttled Debbie and I up to get our vehicles, and when we got back to the Powerhouse, the other group was emerging from the trail. It was a beautiful day, and a great hike with some wonderful folks! By the way, Che dispensed the much sought after chocolate at the Powerhouse! We love our Che!!
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
A couple of miles in, we had passed beautiful rock formations, pine woods, and rhododendrom thickets as we descended into Rock Creek Gorge. Fortuately, there was a ladder to climb a small bluff which took us down a trail to the very nice 80-foot Rock Creek Bridge. We climbed up and turned right before slowly descending to a trail that followed the creek for a distance, passing a comfortable looking campsite to the right. We passed Leggett Branch with the cascades to the left. There were huge rock formations all along the trail, inviting exploration; someday! We passed several wooden bridges: Rocky Branch Bridge, Flat Branch Bridge, and then Boiling Springs Bridge. We had a great scenic spur at Rock Creek Overlook.
They had their lunch and some interesting conversation (later reported!) and had to take on off to get Richard back early. The late-comers hiked 1.5 miles down to Leggett Point and enjoyed lunch on rock outcroppings with the sun warming the area.
Then we had to climb back up the hill we had scrambled down to view the falls.
When we were back up to our cars, we loaded up and headed back down the road, where we did 3+ miles.
Here we plunged in to the woods and did a bit of meandering. The trail was good, company even better, and it soon we arrived at a bluff overlook. From this vantage point, we were looking back at Sand Mtn. and Lookout Mtn. just beyond.
Then, it got a bit confusing. There was some dividing of the troops so to speak, and quite a few headed out to do a longer hike while the remainder enjoyed the pictuesque drive to Lynchburg so we could stuff out faces at Mary Bobo's Restaurant!
This place was unbelievable and, except for the group being separated into different rooms, it couldn't have been a nicer experience!