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Mar 8, 2018 - AT Hike Days 19 - 23. Fontana Dam to Newfound Gap. 42.4 miles

3/4 Fontana Dam to Mollies Ridge. 12.6 miles. 177 3/5 Mollies Ridge to Derrick Knob. 12.0 miles. 189 3/6. Derrick Knob to FT Collins. 13.5 miles. 202.5 3/7. FT Collins to Newfound Gap. 4.3 miles. 206.8 3/8. Cherokee NC zero day. We hiked out of Fontana Dam Village and walked across the dam, entering the Smokies by mid morning Sunday. On the way we passed the Fontana shelter nicknamed the “Fontana Hilton” because the structure itself is so nice and it has such a great view of the lake - and even has regular toilets and potable water! The...

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LUCKY 58

Jul 31, 2017 - Cherokee Indian Village and Drama

A History Measured in Eons No one knows exactly how long the Cherokee have lived in Western North Carolina. Artifacts that have been found indicate people lived here more than 11,000 years ago, at the end of the last Ice Age, and ancient Cherokee tales describe hunts of the mastodon that once foraged here. At the time the first Europeans came in the 1500s, the Cherokee were a settled, agricultural people living in villages consisting of 30 to 60 houses and a large council house. Homes were usually made interweaving river cane in a circular...

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Sep 21, 2016 - Pisgah National Forest

This morning we sadly :-( said goodbye to Linda and drove through the GSM into Cherokee, NC. We visited an old settlement on the way, stopping in Pisgah National Forest to view some of the many waterfalls. We set up camp in the forest at what may be the nicest campgrounds we've visited, other than causing Fran to commit murder (a big, hairy brown spider in the shower!)

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Sep 12, 2016 - Small world

Monday 9/12/16 Drove less than 20 miles to Bryson City in hopes of a 1940's train excursion, but arrived after the last (only) departure of a steam engined 4 hour $220 (2 adults) 32 mile trip, including meals. In search of another diversion, we found a wine and gift shop. Great selection of Austrian wine, including a rose Zwigelt! That was the least of the surprises at that shop. When asked where we were from, we found that the owner was from Rumford and knew both the Miles and Tutlis clans!!! Paige Christie.

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Sep 11, 2016 - Time to try an entry

Sunday 9/11/16 Visited museum of the Cherokee, as well as crafts shop prior to drive up to 6000' observation area. Excellent museum, well documented with both signage and multimedia. The sophistication of their culture, agriculture, technology, and written language was impressive; their suppression and relocation by US government just as repulsive. The replacement of Andrew Jackson $20 image can not come soon enough; he was a nineteenth century Donald Trump in his double dealing with the Indians. The indignity of their forced relocation is...

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Sep 10, 2016 - NO WIFI!

No wifi! I may not update for a couple of days; it is so frustrating. Actually, very slow, very episodic, very hard to find a reception spot, even in main office. Friday we lunched in Asheville; Saturday we did a short hike with Zena and a sectional drive on Blueridge Parkway. Highest elevation on that section was 5150' at Lickstone Ridge. Loads of summits on successions of ridges, blurring out in the distances, truly 'smoky'. Evidently, the casino is quite popular as the campground provides a shuttle service. Did I mention the 24/7 pawn...

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Sep 8, 2016 - Indian country

Thursday 9/8/16 Shortest day yet. 100 miles. We will be here for 7 nights, site 96, on a stream/brook/creek/crik at end of campground road so it is quiet. Rushing water is white noise; sleep should come easily. Last night at Woodsmoke, trains awakened us. No trains here. What is here? Cherokee Indians. Harrah's casino. Golf carts; lots of seasonals have carts to get around the park. Ducks, a flock on pond in center of park. Harley Davidson bikes on a gathering of some sort. The Discovery tv Chanel has had a series on the history of HD...

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Oct 25, 2014 - Mingo & Enloe Creek Falls

Saturday morning, we woke up fairly early. This was the one time this week that we didn’t have to break camp first thing in the morning as we were staying here for two nights. From camp, we headed towards Cherokee on US-441 and turned onto Big Cove Road right past Oconaluftee Visitor Center. In about 5 miles, we turned onto Mingo Falls Bridge Road and parked at the trailhead for the waterfall. It’s only a quarter-mile to the falls, but requires climbing more than 100 stairs. It was quite cold this morning so a quick climb helped warm us up....

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Apr 26, 2014 - The Smokeys

We have travelled through a lot of states in the last week. We started of in Greenville, Mississippi, went across the state and drove up along the Natchez Trace Parkway. This Parkway runs all the way from Natchez in southern Mississippi to Nashville in Tennessee. It is now a paved road going through very scenic areas It is 449 miles long and it started out as an Indian trail and later French and Spanish trappers, traders, missionaries and soldiers used it, in some places they have kept the original trace just as it used to be. This brought...

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Oct 24, 2013 - Day 24. Blue Ridge To Cherokee

We stopped and had breakfast at a little café on the river, run by an ex South African. He was probably in his 60’s and hailed from Cape Town many years ago. He had managed and owned hotels in Europe and the US and now retired at this little café. Took a drive through all the back roads and decided that if we had to live anywhere in the US, this would be the place. There is an airfield nearby and a quilting shop in the local town. What more could you need? Cherokee is the beginning of the Blue Ridge Parkway. A scenic road trip through the...

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Oct 27, 2011 - A beauuuuuutiful fall day on the Blue Ridge Parkway

We totally enjoyed a beauuuuutiful 72 degree day on The Blue Ridge Parkway. Motorcycling through the fall colors felt good right to your soul. At every turn Cheryl and I would say OMG(oh my God). We started in Cherokee and stopped at Richland Balsam which is the highest point located at mile marker 430. I have rode the parkway from the southern end all the way to Front Royal. It is always worth the the time spent no matter what the season. We stopped for gas and found out that Leroy Troy and the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band is playing at Maggie...

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Kruzin America

Jun 21, 2011 - A sad start

Tuesday, 6/21/2011 We’ve had many joyous days on the road, but yesterday was not one of them. Yesterday we had to put our sweet Zeta to sleep. She had a large, unsuspected mass in her chest…we never knew. Although she had been doctoring all winter for arthritis pain, new symptoms this first week on the road led us to a kind vet in Cherokee, NC who gently showed us the X rays and test results. The prognosis was bad and there was only one choice to be made. We are heartbroken to say the least, but forever grateful to the Florida Labrador...

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