Thursday, March 6, 2008

Blue Ridge Parkway hike

I never thought I'd find myself here. ---->

<---- It's at the top of that outcropping.

Looking back at the car. ---->


Kay said...

So pretty! I love my Rocky mountains, but I love those Blue Ridge mountains, too.
I wonder how that place got it's name? Devil's Courthouse...

Dayle James Arceneaux said...

What I love about the smokies and blue ridge (compared to the Rockies) is that I can breathe. I also rather the lush greenery and waterfalls. (These pictures were taken in winter.)

I'm planning to go back to the Rockies next year to attend one of the the Writing for the Soul conference again.

A sign at the trailhead reads:

Within the mountain is a cave where, legend claims, the devil holds court. In Cherokee lore, this cave is the private dancing chamber and dwelling place of the slant-eyed giant, Judaculla. Despite its name and reputation, Devil's Courthouse is home to rare and delicate high-altitude plants. If you walk the one-half-mile route to the summit, please stay on the trail.

donna fleisher said...

Ahh ... I can almost smell the fresh air ....

Out here on the coast we have Devil's Punchbowl, Devil's Churn, and Devil's Elbow. Though, I doubt he had anything to do with their creation. ; )

Janet Rubin said...

I've never seen these mountains in person. (maybe from an airplane.) I'm more likely to see the Green Mountains. I fantacize about one day hiking the Appalatian trail. Shall we meet in the middle? :)
Did you read A Walk in the Woods? It's about hiking the Appalatian Trail. Good and really funny book.

Kay said...

Oh. LOL! I hadn't read your comment about breathing, Dayle when I posted my comment about breathing on your other post.
It all depends on what you are used to, I guess.

Not to say I don't get short of breath at high altitudes, but I breath just fine at 6,000 feet.

Dayle James Arceneaux said...

Janet, I've hiked a few feet of the App trail. Does that count? I'm not big on using the restroom outside. I'll stick to day hikes. I'll have to check out that book.

Kay, I was having trouble walking in my hotel room in Colorado Springs, I can't imagine what would happen if I went up to Pike's peak. I could feel my body drying out. I was drinking water like crazy.

The humidity where I live is almost always above 80% and it is often 100%. I was a fish out of water literally.