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Linville, NC: Hiking Linville Gorge

Our cold nights while camping didn’t prevent our daytime fun! In fact, the chilly temperatures were perfect for comfortable hiking.

Our first goal was a hike at the Linville Gorge, the main reason I had selected this area for camping.  It was less than 10 minutes along the Blue Ridge Parkway.  October is a beautiful month along the Parkway and we enjoyed our short, scenic drive.

The Linville Falls Waterfall is possibly the most photographed waterfall in North Carolina according to the Romantic Asheville Website.

We were excited to see it.  Our hike was the one along Erwin’s View Trail, which provided 4 overlooks over a 1.6 mile roundtrip hike.

The trail begins over a wooden bridge at the Visitor’s Center.  We spent some extra time on this bridge while Daddy ran back to get tennis shoes for one child who showed up in flip flops.  It was a beautiful setting to spend some time waiting.

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Once we were all in proper footwear, we headed toward our destination.

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It was like a storybook setting as we hiked.

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I spotted a fall leaf rainbow, starting at the top with red.  Then the other colors softly followed…orange, yellow, green.

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We enjoyed the strange tree growing along the trail.

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Our views of the various falls were beautiful.  There were four overlooks along this roundtrip hike, each offering something spectacular to see.

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We did stop for a lunch break and I will mention that I discovered these “Picnic to Go” boxes at Target one day.  Unlike Lunchables, they don’t have to be refrigerated, which makes them ideal for camping and hiking.  While they aren’t the epitome of healthy eating, they aren’t too bad and I particularly enjoyed this one with its asiago cheese spread on olive oil and sea salt crackers.

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Our adventure ended at the same bridge where we began.  Of course, we played a romping game of Pooh Sticks, cause who doesn’t love Pooh Sticks?

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While our adventure at Linville Gorge was over, we still had another adventure on our day’s agenda.  Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post and our trip to Wiseman’s View.

Adventures/Travel, camping, North Carolina Adventures

Cold Camping Survival: Linville, NC

(October 2015 camping trip)

Carefully, I researched an area of North Carolina to visit. Then I narrowed down the campground.

When I camp, there has to be hot showers and flush toilets. No exceptions. Which left me with The Linville Falls Trailer Lodge and Campground.  The only downside of this campground, according to Trip Advisor, seemed to be that the primitive tent sites, our typical preference, were down a steep hill from the bathrooms. I did not envision much joy in the evenings when walking my 6 year old up steep hills to the bathroom.

We decided to go with a site that had water and electric.  We booked it.  A month in advance.

Then the weekend began to approach.  At the same time, a cold front began to approach. They were clearly going to collide.  And if the weather forecast was accurate, we would be camping in below freezing weather on our first night there, but then it would warm up a bit more each day.

This frantic mommy took to google and Facebook.  Turns out, that you can run a ceramic space heater in a tent IF you have a site with electric, and thanks to the steep hill situation for the primitive tent sites, we would have electric this trip!  We decided to be wild and crazy and go for it, after all, the best memories usually stem from wild and crazy.

The campground was beautiful, as was the drive through the mountains to get there.  We were given a choice between two sites and we selected the first one.  It was only 4 sites away from the bathrooms and it had a lovely private pathway to the field across the road for the kids to play.  It was also sunny for the majority of the day, which was very important.
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We quickly got our tent and screen tent set up and then we began working on a fire.  My kids are getting pretty good at starting a fire.

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The kids spent a lot of time whittling on this trip.  Everyone had a great time with Daddy’s pocket knives.

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Eventually I began to explore the campground.  The bathrooms were the best ones I have experienced camping.  There were hot, private showers.  A space heater was located near the sinks and there was even a little make up area by a mirror.  Yes, make up and blow dryers are acceptable camping equipment.

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Soon, the cold settled in and we began to break out the warm winter coats.

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Smores are a nightly dessert when camping, so I set up my Type A smores-gous board.  (pun intended)

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Finally we retired to our tents, sleeping with snow pants and winter coats by our sides for the morning.

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In the morning, no one was eager to leave their warm sleeping bag.  We huddled a bit by the heater.  I can’t tell you what a brilliant idea the space heater was.  MAJOR points for this Mom!

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Eventually, breakfast had to be made.  Do not be deceived by my smile.  This was NOT the most fun I have had camping.  It was cold.  COLD I tell ya.  But I had electric and I had my hot water kettle, so I had tea.  Happy Mommy.

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Chocolate Chip Pancakes are always a hit.

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We spent our days hiking and enjoying the fall colors, which I will post in the next few days.  Our late afternoons and evenings were spent at our site.  Luckily, none of the evenings ever dipped below freezing again.  WHEW!

Our camping neighbors were all very friendly and many were older so they absolutely loved the “life” our kids brought to the campground.  I sat on a bench with one woman and talked for awhile.  She was sitting at the playground just to listen to my kids laughing and playing.  Hers were grown and she missed camping with them.

It was a beautiful reminder for this mom.  The moments are fleeting and the babies grow fast.  So thankful that we braved the cold weather camping.

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