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Jan 14, 2017 - Winter Hike at Stone Mountain

Last Saturday, Sandy had the day off, so we headed to the mountains for a winter day trip. Our destination was Stone Mountain State Park at the edge of the Blue Ridge Escarpment. We left around 7, arriving at the park around 930. After parking at the Upper Trailhead, we started off on the Stone Mountain Loop Trail in the counterclockwise direction. Turning, right at the split, we headed up to the summit of the park’s namesake. It was very cloudy and foggy so as we hiked up the mountain, we knew there weren’t going to be any great sweeping...

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Dec 7, 2016 - New Dometic Freezer

. Five or six years ago, I bought a Dometic portable freezer on Craig's List, it was a heck of a buy. The seller only used it on a couple of weekend camping trips, he'd gotten in at a trade show by swapping tools he was selling with the guy in the Dometic booth next to him. I paid $250, Camping World had them "on sale" for about $600. . By having this extra freezer, in addition to the one in the regular refrigerator, I was able to stock up on steaks from the grocery store "road kill bins", and keep ice cream rock-hard at or near...

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Dec 15, 2012 - Day Hike at Stone Mountain

This past Saturday, Sandy actually had a weekend day off of work, so we decided to take advantage and plan a day trip out to Stone Mountain State Park. We met up with friends in Chapel Hill and carpooled out to the park, arriving at around 930. After donning our hiking gear, we set out on the Stone Mountain Loop Trail in the counterclockwise direction. The trail initially heads up a bit before coming to the first granite outcrop, the trademark of Stone Mountain. With only a few small trees on these outcrops, they provide great views of the...

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May 12, 2012 - Stone Mountain - Widow's Creek Trail

Today, we did hike #87 from 100 Classic Hikes at Stone Mountain State Park. We left the Triangle early in the morning and arrived at Stone Mountain a little after 10. Although the book warns of a false trailhead at the waterfall, we accidentally parked here anyway. Since it was only a few hundred meters to the actual trailhead, we just walked down the road and hit the trail. At first, the Widow's Creek Trail had a gradual slope as it followed its namesake creek. After about a mile, the trail split with the Widow's Creek Trail heading to...

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Oct 23, 2011 - Short Hike at Stone Mountain

After leaving Price Lake, we headed to our last destination of the weekend - Stone Mountain State Park. The foliage was past peak in the Boone area, so further east and at lower elevations, we hoped the colors would be better. On the way, we stopped in Blowing Rock to get lunch at Six Pence Pub and also picked up some fresh Pink Lady apples. At the park, we parked at the picnic area, and hiked to the Stone Mountain Loop trail, first going right. We hiked up Stone Mountain and went out on the rock face for some spectacular views. There were...

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May 12, 2009 - Stone Mountain State Park, NC

We went on a lovely picnic on the Blue Ridge Parkway, stopping at Doughton Park for lunch. Afterward, I took Maureen to Stone Mountain State Park near Elkin, NC. It is a great place to fish, and has a nice campground that we plan to try out soon!

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Nov 4, 2008 - Stone Mountain State Park, Roaring Gap, NC 10/26/08

We have stayed at Stone Mountain State Park several times and have always enjoyed our visits there. The park at one time had apple and pear orchards. These orchards drew the deer to the park and now the park has a resident herd of deer. The deer will come close but won't let you touch them.

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May 3, 2007 - another driving day

When most of the day is consumed with racking up the miles, it can be challenging to think of something worth commenting on at the end of the day that I haven't already written. We don't recall ever driving this route before. The rolling hills of West Virginia were lush. An artist would need an extensive palette of nothing but shades of green to duplicate the panoramas we drove through. Unfortunately, the weather did not inspire the photographer. Low handing gray clouds and intermittent showers camouflaged the full glory of this...

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