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!

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.