Some Photos from My Easter Break Trip to North Carolina

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The Old Jackson County Courthouse, Sylva, NC

The Old Jackson County Courthouse, Sylva, NC

Fontana Dam on the LIttle Tennessee River which forms Lake Fontana

Fontana Dam on the LIttle Tennessee River which forms Lake Fontana

A Flowered Cross in Front of A Church in Highlands, NC

A Flowered Cross in Front of A Church in Highlands, NC

Panning for Rubies at the Cowee Mountain Gem Mine, outside Franklin, NC

Panning for Rubies at the Cowee Mountain Gem Mine, outside Franklin, NC

Cellar on Greene

Cellar on Greene

Reading on the Gate Arch at City Lights Bookstore and Cafe, Sylva, NC

Reading on the Gate Arch at City Lights Bookstore and Cafe, Sylva, NC

Me and the Gem Expert at Cherokee Gem Mine.  I Panned for Rubies and Sapphires.

Me and the Gem Expert at Cherokee Gem Mine. I Panned for Rubies and Sapphires.

The Barn at The Mountain Farm Museum - Great Smoky Mountain National Park

The Barn at The Mountain Farm Museum – Great Smoky Mountain National Park

Me by a Tree Next to The River at Mountain Farm Museum in The Smokies

Me by a Tree Next to The River at Mountain Farm Museum in The Smokies

At Mingo Falls near Cherokee, NC

At Mingo Falls near Cherokee, NC

Fontana Dam, Bryson City and Highlands (also A Waterfall on The Way)

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I am going to post several photos of our trip so far on another separate post since WordPress still can’t figure out why I cannot post photos without it deleting my text.

Yesterday we drove up past Bryson City to Fontana Dam on the Little Tennessee River. It is about 25 miles from Bryson City and has dammed up the river to form a large lake and recreation area called Fonatana Lake. The dam was built by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) back in 1942-1946 and is 460 feet high and 2, 635 feet long. I don’t know how much power it produces since we didn’t go into the generator building or the visitor’s center. But we did drive over the dam to the overlook where my Mom took some photos.

After the dam we drove back to Bryson City for lunch at Cork & Bean, a little crepe place with WiFi. I had a Bagel with smoked turkey and an orange Fanta. My Dad and Mom did their mail while we were there. I was able to download a free version of Angry Birds to my iPad and play the game.

After lunch in Bryson City we drove back to Dillsboro to take 441 down to Franklin and then 64 toward Highlands where we stopped along the way to photograph the lower falls of the Callasaja River Gorge. In Highlands we walked around the Main St. window shopping before stopping at the Bear Mountain Outfitters. There we bought some things for my new dog, Bandit, including a portable water bowl, a collar and a play top rubber bone for him to chew on. Then we walked back to the car but not before getting an ice cream cone at Kitwins Icen Cream and Candy Parlor.

On our way back to the cabin we stopped at the Cowee Ruby Mine and I paned for stones. I got a lot of nice stones for my collection.

This is Frederick and we are leaving tomorrow for Ashville, the Biltmore Estate and then on back to Columbia, SC and The Claussen Inn,  for the night. See ya!

Cherokee, Gold and Gem Mine and Newfound Gap Road

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Just a short note that we are headed up to Cherokee, NC to visit a Gold and Gem mine. Maybe I’ll get lucky and find a Ruby. If I do, I will give to my Mom. Then we will take the Newfound Gap Road up to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and visit the Mountain Farm Museum.

Yesterday we watched the Masters and continued to play Monopoly. But today, its lunch at the Bookstore Cafe and now up the mountain.

This is Frederick keeping it short but back tomorrow with a report on our visit to the Smokies.

Mountain’s. Waterfalls, Trails and Friends

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Back at the City LIghts Bookshop and Cafe for their great food and wifi:) Today is Easter Sunday and we went to 11:00am Mass at St. Mary’s in Sylva. After we walked in, one of the ladies asked my Mom if she and I would like to present the gifts during the offeratory. So, as the collection was being taken, we slipped out of our pew to the rear of the church. I brought up the bread while my Mom brought up the wine. This is now a very special Easter Sunday for me.

Yesterday, one of my Mom’s friends from Atlantic College drove over from Asheville with his wife and sister to visit with us at the cabin. He is scientist and knows all about bugs, flowers and birds. He is a naturalist and works in bio-tech in the Research Triangle area. They were staying at a hotel in Asheville.

We made a spaghetti and garlic bread lunch then afterwards went for a walk up the mountain taking some old logging roads. We turned over logs and rocks to see how many bugs we could find and identify. All we saw were larvae, earthworms, butterflies and small tadpoles. We have a lot of birds including a woodpecker. The black-hooded chickadee and his partner fly around near the porch where the bird houses hang. They are looking to build a nest for their eggs.

The day before we drove down to Cashiers and over to Sapphire then down 281 to Whitewater Waterfall. Boy was that spectacular. I wish I could post video of it but WordPress is still not allowing me to do that.

After the waterfall we drove back to Cashiers for lunch and then drove home via Highlands up to Franklin and back to the cabin.

This is Frederick and I have Phil Mickleson to win the Masters. Go Phil!

No WiFi

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We don’t have WiFi at our cabin and the phone is out also so no dial up. My dad is at an internet cafe in Sylva right now. He showed me my last post and that I had made a mistake about the blessing of the oils by the Bishop. That was on Wednesday. On Holy Thursday it is the washing of the feet. Sorry about that.

Also, we have a problem with Word Press. When we insert a photo the text disappears. So, there are no photos.

Today we are going to try to find a couple of waterfalls to photograph. Hopefully, I can then post those.

I-95, I-26 and Columbia, SC (plus a dirt road or two)

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My Dad and Mom picked me up at school at noon dismissal yesterday and we headed out for our Easter Break cabin in the mountains of Western North Carolina.  But first we are stopping in Columbia, South Carolina and staying at an old bakery that has been converted to a hotel – The Claussen Inn. My Mom made ham and cheese sandwichs so we could eat lunch on the way.  It was like having a picnic in the car.

After 2 hours we stopped for gas and a restroom break at a Chevron station off I-95 in Darien, Gerogia.  The restroom was yucky and when I went to wash my hands the sink and faucet were even worse.  I don’t recommend stopping there.  They didn’t even have iced coffee for my Dad. After we turned off on to I-26 west of Charleston, we made good time until we hit a long line of traffic.  The lady on my Dad’s GPS said there was a long traffic jam due to an incident.  She suggested we turn off onto US-176 which we did.

Soon, though, that road became clogged.  We noticed on the map there seemed to be a road off to the side that wrapped around US-176 and bypassed the traffic closer to Columbia. So, my Dad turned off but we couldn’t find the road.  Finally, after doubling back toward US-176 where we turned off we saw this unmarked dirt trail just big enough for our 4WD SUV.  We decided to take it, like my grandmother would say,”I haven’t been here before”.

It went through the woods for 3 miles and came out way ahead of the clogged traffic. Finally, we got back on I-26 and drove into Columbia.  It is a big city and is the home of the University of South Carolina.

We found the hotel and checked in.  As part of the Hotel is the restaurant, Cellar on Greene which is both a wine shop and a wine bar.  The food is really good.  I had Lobster Mac ‘N Cheese. We turned in early and we got up early for breakfast.  Today its a few hours more to the cabin.  I’ll try to post more pictures than I have so far.  Wordpress is not allowing me to post photos and keep the text.  Weird.

This is Frederick and this is Holy Thursday where the Bishops bless the holy oils.  Tomorrow is Good Friday and I will be remembering all Jesus did and died to save us all.

Getting Ready for Easter 2012

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Tomorrow, the 4th of April, I have a half day of school. My Mom and Dad are picking me up and we are heading out to Sylva, North Carolina, where we have small cabin in the mountains that we are staying at up until the 14th of April. My parents bid on it during our schools “gala” fund-raiser. It has an outside hot tub, and outdoors firepit and large porch where you can sit and watch the beautiful mountain scenery. It is 4,000 feet up in the mountains near The Great Smoky’s. We are going to ride the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, drive around looking for hiking trails that take us to waterfalls and maybe make a trip up to Asheville to visit the Biltmore estate. I am going to take lots of pictures and write about our stay there. I hope to learn a lot about the mountains and the special things that make it special.

On the way to Sylva, we are stopping off in Columbia, SC and staying at the Claussen Inn, in Five Points. It is housed in an old bakery. Next door is a great wine bar and restaurant that my Dad wants to eat in. It is called Cellar on Greene. The owner/chef has 3 beagles and we are getting a 13″ beagle after we return from North Carolina. His name is Bandit and he will be 8 weeks old when I get him. He is going to be mine responsbility and I think I am ready to handle that.

This is Frederick and tomorrow we begin another journey.