Jones Gap trail and a day at The Winds

Jones Gap trail use to be a toll road from the mountains to the land below.  It was used to transport items to market among other things.  There is a section on the trail called The Winds because it winds back and forth with switchbacks to make it easier to descend the steep terrain. Our neighbor, Bobby Jones, whose family the trail was named after (because they built it) told of a time he drove his tractor down there to collect their free-range pigs at slaughter time.  It is scary to think of that trip since hiking it in spots is quite narrow. It is a trail in the Mountain Bridge Wilderness area.  It is wilderness.  The Middle Saluda River's headwaters are not far from the trail head and it grows in size as the trail follows it.  It is spectacular.  There are numerous falls along the trail.  I believe the one pictured is named Moonshine Falls. Nature is amazing.  I don't believe we have even begun to [...]

By |2018-11-04T15:50:41-05:00November 4th, 2018|Categories: Moving to Conservers|

Hiking with unicorns

[et_pb_section bb_built="1" _builder_version="3.0.47"][et_pb_row _builder_version="3.0.48" background_size="initial" background_position="top_left" background_repeat="repeat"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text _builder_version="3.12" background_size="initial" background_position="top_left" background_repeat="repeat"] Hiking with unicorns Friday, seven volunteers came together at the Bracken Mountain Preserve parking lot in Brevard to take scholars from Rise and Shine hiking.  The van arrived with the students and after a very quick introduction and a few tips about hiking we took off. The scholars were fantastic.  The colors in the woods were stunning and several stopped to enjoy them and point them out.  The woods were magic with color, people, wildlife and nature.  A couple of the scholars wore unicorn costumes, which only added to the magic of the hike. We explained this trail was the gateway to many waterfalls, trails, stunning views and so much more.  I heard a lot of wonderful conversations between hike leaders and scholars and there is no doubt my day was enriched by being in the woods with all of them. Being connected and surrounded by the wonders of nature is the driving force [...]

By |2018-11-04T15:11:53-05:00November 4th, 2018|Categories: Moving to Conservers, The Gift of Time|
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