Wednesday, January 13, 2021

More Exploring

 Here's another post dad's forcing me to narrate that has nothing to do with me:

Yep, the wandering dorks

So back around Thanksgiving when mom and dad had mom's friend from Pittsburgh visiting for the week they explored our area a little more in-depth.

  We've already shown you the photos from Frying Pan Lookout Tower, and dad's finally gotten his lazy, procrastinating butt around to posting pictures from their other adventures during the week. 

I won't get too specific with details since you can find plenty of information and cool photos online, (or see notation about dad's laziness above) but they went up to Marion to check out Linville Caverns for starters. 

Though smaller than some more well-known caverns, Linville was a very cool place to see, especially if you haven't ever explored such things. 

There is a 30-or-so-minute guided tour, and the group was kept to a strictly limited size due to COVID-19, and as with almost everywhere else these days face masks were required (yes, required, not recommended). 

The formations within the caverns were stunning, and the history provided was interesting and educational. 

If you ask me, the cavern looks a little more like scenes from that "Alien" movie than the stalactites and stalagmites I'd expect to see. 

Anyway, a portion of the caverns was closed off due to the tightness of space and confines of smaller areas as a precaution, but what they did get to see was amazing.  

They also went for a hike up Hawksbill Mountain Trail, situated on the eastern side of Linville Gorge. 

The 2 mile +/- hike wasn't too strenuous, but they did have to stop once or twice to catch their breath. 

The reward at the summit was some of the most beautiful views anywhere, including looking down into the gorge and seeing other ranges in all directions. 

Supposedly on a clear day you're able to see the Charlotte skyline as well. 

 They said the long, winding gravel road leading to the trailhead was a little, umm, intimidating, but they obviously made it back home so yeah, not much of an exciting element there.

So there you have it.  A big dark hole in the ground that humans can go traipsing through and some hills and rocks.  Wow.  Cool.  I can barely contain my excitement.


Lynn said...

Cleo, thanks for letting dad show the photos. We have 2 or 3 caverns in
Ohio, Lynn's been in them but I'm not going down in that wet damp place!
My dad makes it to NC once or twice a year to see friends. I stay home
safe with Lynn.

Eastside Cats said...

Cleo, those caverns have rocks that are the same colors as your fur!

Brian said...

Those caverns are amazing! Our Dad hasn't been to any since he was a wee kitten but he still remembers them.

Timmy Tomcat said...

Our Dad stopped into Carlsbad Caverns when he was still a biped and also Crystal cave which is near us in PA. Thanks for a very nice tour even though it was of stuff that we cats find a bit esoteric. Keep up the napping till summer Cleo

pilch92 said...

I was thinking of aliens and how it looked like these were taken on another planet. Not even one photo of you- that is so wrong.

da tabbies o trout towne said...

hopefully NO BATS !!! the last time I went spelunking; was the LAST time I went spelunking; the entire ceiling was covered with em in the entrance had to crawl thru; tho I did manage to get an awesome stalactite when the cave tunnel opened up !!

the last photo is AMAZING !!!

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

The colours and formations in the caverns are beautiful. There are some small caverns close to us but the better ones are about 70 miles away. I haven't been for a while but love to see the huge chambers and underground lakes. They are closed due to Covid but hopefully will open again in the future.

Sasha + Saku said...

Mom bean is terrified of caves but she thinks the view from the top is pawsome!

Tama-Chan, Gen-Chan, Vidock, Violette, Ollie, Hotesse & Heloise said...

Those caverns look super spooky, Cleo!

Tama and Genji

Marv, Jo Jo, Komo, Cinnamon & Angel Nellie said...

OOoOOoOOOoOOO Spelunking! Mom has been through a few caverns and those look really interesting! Have a marvellously Happy Day!

My Mind's Eye said...

OMCs I have been to Linville Caverns several times it is absolutely amazing. My first trip was as a pre teen in the middle of a very hot humid July.
Good googly gook it was probably 35 degrees cooler in the caverns. I'm so glad you found it yes the NC hills are alive and full of wonder. As I've mentioned, I am a mountain girl stuck in the Piedmont. The last photo on your post is 100% a blood pressure lowering photo.
Hugs Cecilia

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

Wow...those caverns are really cool, but also sorta creepy!

Katie Isabella said...

I enjoyed that! It has been a while since me, Katie's mom has been in a cave. We have several here that are stunning. The Lost Sea is one of them. I liked seeing this very much. The pictures are extremely good!

Darla M Sands said...

You're so snarky, Cleo. ~giggle~ Those photos are fantastic! I like caverns and mountains. This makes me miss travel immensely. ~sigh~ But I cannot stand to wear a mask for more than a few minutes due to asthma. Oh, well. Take care!