I’m Thirty-Whoo! (32)
Prepare yourself for lots of pictures!
Another Year Older…
I was fortunate to have this entire week off from work for my birthday. It. Was. Glorious! To start out with I came home from work last week with a big box waiting for me on my doorsteps.
The fact it was addressed to “Chitter” was a clear indication the package was a birthday present from my dad, and I was fairly certain I knew what was inside…
Sweet! Now I can start experimenting with making my own backpacking meals. I have soooo many recipes I would like to try! So far I have made apples, bananas, strawberries, mangos and peaches. The apples and strawberries have been the best so far.
On my actual birthday, I got to have the pleasure of going mountain biking with a really great woman, Cheryl. We rode at Dupont State Forest in Western North Carolina, including trails neither of us have ridden, some that only one of us had and some trails that are both of our favorites.
Weekend Away in the Mountains
To start out the birthday week of awesomeness and my full week vacation, we headed to the mountains. Wilson Creek is a short 2 hour drive from Charlotte and one of our favorite places to explore. Saturday we grabbed our bikes and went an exploration ride. It was a very rough ride, but it was a beautiful day and I was surrounded by friends, so no complaining there. The next morning was looking a little dreary so we all split up to enjoy our Sunday. Gordon and I wanted to head over to the Linville Gorge. Our friends Lee and Courtney joined us. Gordon had planned on a really great route. Up one peak, down into the gorge, back up to another peak and up the road to the parking lot. So first we went up Hawksbill to see beautiful views of the gorge and of Table Rock.
We were looking down into the gorge and Lee says, “So, you want to hike down into there?” pointing over to Table Rock, “And hike along there and back up to there?! I think I’m good for the day.”
Not going to lie, after the hike up Hawksbill I was wondering about the original game plan myself and not sure if I was going to be able to make it for the full route. We had no real time frame to return to Charlotte… So Gordon and I decided to at least hike down into the gorge to see the river and eat lunch and Lee and Courtney decided to split off and do their own thing for the day. Our route took us down Hawksbill, along Jonas Ridge and then descend down Devil’s Hole. Yowza! Devil’s Hole was a BRUTAL 1.5 mile descent. We got down to the river, sat on a rock, and enjoyed some pb&j’s and the scenery for a little bit.
After my energy started to return I told Gordon there was no way I could handle going back up Devil’s Hole and maybe we should consider completing the route originally planned. I looked at the map and it looked like we would cross the river, follow a section along the river, cross back over the river and follow a more more mellow ascent back to the road, then finish with following the road a short bit back to the car.
The next section was Linville River Trail, which followed the Linville River and had amazing views of the peak we had just hiked and of Table Rock and also some great views of the river.
Lastly, we crossed the river, ascended Spence Ridge (which was much, much, much more manageable) and up the road to the car.
Pizza that night was well earned.
Gear, has been on my mind a lot, so next time I’ll be talking about what I have, what I want and what I don’t know what I should do about.
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