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What is it about certain places that evoke such emotions, such strong feelings of "belonging"?  For some, it's the sea.  Jacque Cousteau once said "The Sea, Once it casts its spell holds one in its net of wonder forever."  The mountains evoke the same symbolic spell.  It's been several weeks since I've been home and the absence was becoming too strong to resist.  Luckily, it was time for our annual New Years celebration, true "Stevenson" style - with several wonderful hikes - tromping through frosty leaves, breathing in the smell of christmas pine, fresh dew and the sweet scent of woods on a clear day, listening the babbling brook and cascading water of those wonderful falls rushing over rock millions of years old.  Today's outing was to Cove Creek Falls and then down the road to Daniel Ridge Falls.  

The trail began on an old road bed and quickly came to a washed out road.  Luckily, the trail had been rerouted over a footbridge since it's was a little too chilly for a dip today.  On we went through a very curious looking arch constructed from interwoven vines.  We finally came to the intersection with Caney Bottom Trail and followed that to the bottom of the stream.  From there, we took an unmarked trail upstream.  All of sudden, we could see it!  As if magically placed there just for us, we saw a wonderful rush of water and scrambled over the stream for a better view from the other side.  

After we paused here for a while, we took off back up stream and decided to follow the Caney Bottom Loop Trail out to the Group Campground.  And what a fantastic group camground, big enough for at least 100 of your closest friends!  And if that's not enough - your own small casades directly opposite the campsite, ready for squeeling children sliding down the smooth, cold, glassy surface, much as small children have probably been doing for centuries (and probably the adults as well!).  

From there, it was back to the car and down the road to the Daniel Ridge trailhead.  After crossing over a large metal bridge, we followed the trail to Daniel Ridge Falls.  I'd been here before, but had not been able to see it with this much water.  And so ended another wonderful day in paradise with the person I love with my heart - my husband Rich.  I'm sure Mr. Cousteau would have been in the spell of these magnificent mountains today.
 

 


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01/20/2017 5:21am

Hiking is a good adventure hobby and if you talk about hiking the mountains of north Carolina you must have good training of hiking it is very dangerous ways of hiking and sometimes it is very painful but once you have practice it become very easy for you.

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I don't know why but I actually have the opposite perception when it comes to a certain place that will evoke such strong feeling of emotion. I usually feel this emotion whenever that I am seeing buildings and city lights. So this means that in contrast with the sea and mountain that you have mentioned above, what makes me feel this peaceful feeling is when I am surround with buildings. I know it's kind of weird, but believe it or not, I have met lot people who have the same sentiments that I have.

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