We went to a place called Chimney rock today. It’s for sale, btw, if you have 55 million dollars. We chose to go up the Outcropping trail, a series of boardwalks and steps up 26 stories, or 462 steps, to the peak. We could have chosen the elevator, but what’s the fun in that? Where is the adventure?? So we trudged up the steps, sweating buckets in the 87 degree heat and made it to the top. Because we really are gluttons for punishment, we took the elevator ride down and then struck out on the Hickory Nut Falls trail. This trail had a moderate incline but was about 1.5 miles and led to the bottom of the falls, which were 404 feet tall. On our way back, we shunned the idea of using the bus to get back to the parking lot and took the Four Seasons trail. Luckily for us this trail was mostly downhill for the 3/4 of a mile we hiked. Now that doesn’t seem like much, but this trail was pretty steep and took a long time to get down. Once we got back to the car, we went to Lake Lure and wandered about for a bit. I especially liked the clever person who had named their restaurant the “Margaritagrille”. By now, we had worked up a bit of an appetite, so we headed back to the Chimney Rock Village and stopped at the Riverside Cafe for a sandwich before heading back to our hotel.
Honestly, we are both subdued and really zoning… heheh, it’s nice……….we are packing up our goodies and getting ready to make our way home.