Fields with hay rolls drying out in the fields. You can spot the farmhouse in the background, just before the mountains. This was a common site along Western North Carolina.
The sun rays just crest into the corner of Pilot Mountain. There is no climbing up these faces, so the lichen is free to grow.
We decided Pilot Mountain looks like a big button that someone needs to push. A nice little day hike around the base of Pilot started off our morning.
From an overlook at Pilot Mountain we could see down onto a freshly plowed field. The white farmhouse sits to the left of the property.
A view from an overlook at Pilot Mountain. It was neat looking down and seeing farm property cut out of all the trees.
Andy Griffith’s house in Mayberry. Oh wait, nope. This was the home in Mt. Airy that was filmed and was Andy’s house in the show.
This 600 ft. granite dome forms Stone Mountain that is the centerpiece of Stone Mountain State Park, NC.
A more intimate perspective of the 600 ft. granite dome of Stone Mountain State Park, NC.
A view from an overlook off the Blue Ridge Parkway. From here you can see quite a few farms nestled into the rolling hills.
A view from the teeny-tiny overlook of Mount Jefferson. Up here you can see a lot of Ashe County, the town sits in the valley.
Old wooden fence posts wrapped with barb wire fence. The grass has grown up tall all around, better watch out for ticks. This is a quick and easy fence to put up to keep livestock from roaming around.
They are called Blue Ridge Mountains for a reason. Off in the distance you can notice the mountains appear a blue shade. Beautiful, just beautiful.
The sun is slowly setting on Grandfather Mountain. We enjoy this spectacular view from Buddy’s back porch after a nice evening and a great dinner.
We all enjoy a pleasant evening out on Buddy’s back deck with a delicious meal he was gracious enough to prepare for us and his friend Harrison, and Sampson the chicken chasing dog.
A small falls out at Hebron Rock Colony. This is a pleasant area during the summertime to go explore and find a nice rock to sunbathe on or find a small pool to swim in.
Ant, the AMAZING tightrope walker, using his balancing skill to make it up this rather large and stable log.
Rocks spread out to form whatever path you want to make for yourself up Hebron Rock Colony. Along the way you run into the water running down the rocks, another obstacle on your path.
Carolyn doing some rock hopping out at Hebron Rock Colony, a summer time staple in Boone.
Ant doing some extreme rock hopping out at Hebron Rock Colony. Look at him ‘whoosh’ through the air!
The sun streams through the leaves in the forest out at Hebron Rock Colony. The sun was hot and the shade was cool on this adventure.
A view from Howard’s Knob looks down into the valley of Boone were Appalachian State University is located. The campus is nestled down in the mountains creating a unique campus environment and an awesome school experience.
A true wood fence lines some property out on the Blue Ridge Parkway. It is also containing some cows on the other side.
The weather cooperated today and made for an awesome Sunday to be out on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and especially in front of Julian Price Lake, or Price Lake for short.
A look down onto the boardwalk and an overlook from the Rough Ridge Trail off of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
From an overlook off of Rough Ridge you can see the profile of the infamous Blue Ridge Parkway Viaducts. The Linn Cove Viaduct is a quarter mile long and is one of the most popular destinations on the Parkway.
The bridge that begins the hike up Rough Ridge. Rough Ridge is a nice little hike off the Parkway that leads to expansive views of the Viaduct, Grandmother Mountain, and the back of Grandfather Mountain.
Daniel fly fishing during the morning hours in Winkler’s Creek. He abides by the catch and release program.
Rhododendron are in bloom along the bank of Winkler’s Creek. Daniel and Freg did some early morning catch and release in the creek.
As the Linville River tumbles down its famous Linville Falls just upstream, it opens into this beautiful valley as seen from Chimney Point.
the very famous and very photographed Linville Falls in the Linville Gorge. We hiked just under a mile from the Linville Falls parking area to our viewing post at Chimney Point.