I’m planning on a short trip to Savannah Georgia. Any recommendations on what to see and photograph there?
Living Moss Stalactite
While hiking around Grandfather Mountain I stepped off the trail to take care of some needs and saw an opening to a short drop of the rock and from there a lot of spongy looking moss. It looked interesting so I decided to check it out and discovered a huge moss hanging off the little rock cliff. It is a living moss, growing down and some day will probably reach the ground beneath it. Nature wonders, pretty cool.
The hike to and from McRae Peak is probably one of the best hikes in High Country in North Carolina. It is about one hour from the Grandfather Mountain, you have to clime up about five different wooden stairs and some of them are fairly scary. If you afraid of heights then it is probably not a hike for you. The McRae Peak is actually the stone on the right side of this photo. About 3-4 feet to the right is another wooden ladder, about 20 feet high and it allows you to clime up the peak.
It was extremely windy that day and we really didn’t spend much time on top of the rock, but on a nice day you have very nice 360 view around the high country. It is very popular place to bring your lunch snack and enjoy the view while munching on it.
A few weeks ago we went to hike around Grandfather Mountain. There are a few ways to get up here with spectacular views. There are couple free choices which require a lot of strenuous hiking, with about 3 hours to get here. One is from Profile hike parking area on HW105 and the other one is from I believe “Daniel Boone” hike parking area on the Blue Ridge Parkway. We done both of those in the past, it takes you about 2 to 2.5 hours just to get to the ridge. you can then hike on the ridge for another couple hours and enjoy some spectacular views, some with 360 access. This time we actually drove into the Grandfather park, paid $15 each, it is pricey, but it saved us at least 4 hours of hiking from the Blue Ridge or from the 105 parking. Below photo is 180 Panorama View over Grandfather Mountain “Valley”. My first try at making panoramas. It is not bad as long as you can see it on a huge screen with details shown. On the left is the main Grandfather mountain with all attractions and their bridge. Down in the middle is the Grandfather Country Club, then Linville Ridge with its multimillion dollar estates, then Sugar mountain with that ugly white apartment building on top of it, then is Banner Elk and the Beach Mountain. To the right is the next peak we hiked after taking this photo(s). Click on the photo to see it large.