Good morning. If you remember, last year about this time, a couple of friends and I went to Chimney Rock, NC, to get apples. Well, it is once again fall so we thought we needed to go back, and not only get more apples, but see some of the sights around Chimney Rock.
So, last Thursday, we set out about 9:30 am and made our way to my beloved mountains. We got to Chimney Rock around noon and decided we needed to have some lunch before we started our adventures. On our way to the restaurant, we passed several apple and fruit stands. Some of them were decorated for the fall and some already had their stands decorated for halloween. We had lunch at a little restaurant with a stream behind it, like last year’s, and the food was very good. The weather was perfect so we were able to eat on the patio.
We had already decided that we were going up Chimney Rock, especially since the elevator was back in order. It took us about 10 minutes to drive to the entrance, we bought our tickets and made our way to the elevator. To get to the elevator, you have to walk down this hallway which is carved out of the mountain. Lights are all down the hallway so you can see but it’s really neat. The elevator brings you to the gift shop and the door to Chimney Rock. You still have to climb 40 steps to get to the top but I’m here to tell you, it’s worth it. The view from the top is spectacular. You get a panoramic view of the mountains and Lake Lure. It’s absolutely gorgeous. We spent quite a while just walking around and taking in some of nature’s most beautiful scenery.
As we were going back down the elevator, the attendant suggested that we visit Hickory Nut Falls which is below Chimney Rock. You have to walk down this little trail about 3/4 of a mile, but if you take your time, it’s a nice walk and you can really enjoy the fresh mountain air. As we got closer to the falls, you could hear the water hitting the rocks. There were a gazillion hickory nuts lying all over the place – I really wanted to grab a few but was afraid the forestry service might not like that very much. We also had to be careful and not get hit by the hickory nuts the squirrels were dropping. I do believe they were seeing how many people they could hit with those puppies. Actually, we didn’t get hit at all but you could hear the nuts falling through the trees.
Anyway, we finally got to the falls and they were so pretty. Just standing there watching the water come over the top of the rocks was so amazing. I wanted to stand there forever; it was so peaceful. We were looking around at all the rocks, little water falls and trees when I spied a little garter snake all stretched out on some leaves taking in the falls too. We stayed a little longer but noticed that it was getting late and we still had to get apples, so we reluctantly left.
We stopped at one little apple stand and got apples, tomatoes and cabbage. We stopped at another larger stand and I bought a half bushel of apples so I could make some more goodies.
We had a wonderful time and spending time with my friends was the highlight of my day.
See ya next Wednesday.