Waterfalls & Mountains in the Carolinas & North Georgia

I took a yoga class in Asheville, NC and the instructor (originally from CO) mentioned to me how much she loved living in the Blue Ridge Mountains because they are offer a sense of femininity the Rockies can't compete with. The Blue Ridge Mountains are curvier, gentler, more sensitive and possess an inner radiance unlike other mountain ranges. Her perspective made me appreciate our journey in a different way, realizing differences are not problems but rather opportunities for growth. Problems are really just challenging us to expand our minds and our perspectives about how we evaluate situations and the people around us.  

We meet SO many wonderful people on the road and usually, all with wonderfully different beliefs about the city or area we are in. They all have different ideas on what to do, what to eat, what to see, what not to see, what to experience and when to experience those activities. In many of the towns, we truly rely on local opinions to shape our experience there. However, recently I am becoming more aware of how easy it is to get caught up in other people's beliefs systems.  I find myself ingesting their  "labels" or opinions about what they think is good or bad, pretty or ugly, cold or warm, tasty or flavorless.  People have radically different ways of describing what is worthy or unworthy of our time spent on the road yet those opinions are just based on how each individual evaluates those situations... which is why I guess they are all so different. Beliefs, opinions, labels (whatever you want to call them) are just a feeling of certainty, something we make up, something WE create. The meaning or evaluation that we give to an event IS the event. So below are a few events we experienced in the Carolinas and North Georgia, feel free to design your own feelings as you see fit. 

 

Greenville, SC

 

Hiking to the top of Table Rock Mountain near Greenville, SC. 

Hiking to the top of Table Rock Mountain near Greenville, SC. 

Table Rock Mountain Greenville South Carolina
Table Rock Mountain Greenville South Carolina
Table Rock Mountain Greenville South Carolina
Made it!

Made it!

Falls on the Table Rock Mountain trail

Falls on the Table Rock Mountain trail

Stopped for sandos at Upcountry Provisions (also well known for their signature peanut butter cookies ;). 

Stopped for sandos at Upcountry Provisions (also well known for their signature peanut butter cookies ;). 

...says Dylan (all the time)

...says Dylan (all the time)

Traditional Birthday burritto at Chipotle!

Traditional Birthday burritto at Chipotle!

Greenville South Carolina
View from the Riverwalk in downtown Greenville, South Carolina 

View from the Riverwalk in downtown Greenville, South Carolina 

More b-day celebrations with dinner from Sidewall Pizza and beers at Swamp Rabbit BrewCo in the small awesome town of Travelers Rest 

More b-day celebrations with dinner from Sidewall Pizza and beers at Swamp Rabbit BrewCo in the small awesome town of Travelers Rest 

Hike to Rainbow Falls and Pretty Place in Jones Gap State Park 

Hike to Rainbow Falls and Pretty Place in Jones Gap State Park 

Made it to Pretty Place

Made it to Pretty Place

Pretty Place

 

Clayton, GA

 

Morning workout :)

Morning workout :)

Looking down on Tallulah Gorge

Looking down on Tallulah Gorge

Tallulah Groge
Bridge crossing on Hurricane Falls hike

Bridge crossing on Hurricane Falls hike

Looking downonto Hurricane Falls and suspension bridge 

Looking downonto Hurricane Falls and suspension bridge 

Visiting Tiger Mountain Vineyards near our state park 

Visiting Tiger Mountain Vineyards near our state park 

Tiger Mountain Vineyards
Tiger Mountain Vineyards
Tent campers on our hike to Yonah Mountain

Tent campers on our hike to Yonah Mountain

Watching the locals rope swing 

Watching the locals rope swing 

Hike to Minnehaha Falls
The historical, I mean hysterical... Goats on a Roof

The historical, I mean hysterical... Goats on a Roof

Goats on a roof
Goats on a roof
Fudge tasting with friends (who are also traveling the US)! Follow them on OnceUponAMoran

Fudge tasting with friends (who are also traveling the US)! Follow them on OnceUponAMoran

Spent a day driving the backroads in the Nantahala Forest

Spent a day driving the backroads in the Nantahala Forest

Can we make it?

Can we make it?

Are you sure we can make it!?!

Are you sure we can make it!?!

View from the other side of the river crossing ;)

View from the other side of the river crossing ;)

Wandering in the Wander North Georgia shop in downtown Clayton. They are a group of four amazing owners doing wonderful things to promote adventures in Northern Georgia

Wandering in the Wander North Georgia shop in downtown Clayton. They are a group of four amazing owners doing wonderful things to promote adventures in Northern Georgia

They also started an outdoor social club where they organized group trips monthly... you also have access to this cozy game/hangout room!

They also started an outdoor social club where they organized group trips monthly... you also have access to this cozy game/hangout room!

Somehow (in 20 degree temps) we made it out of our car and onto the trail to Rabun Bald 

Somehow (in 20 degree temps) we made it out of our car and onto the trail to Rabun Bald 

Embracing the snowwww (in Georgia, in March)

Embracing the snowwww (in Georgia, in March)

Worth it right? Views from Rabun Bald

Worth it right? Views from Rabun Bald

At the observation deck on Rabun Bald

At the observation deck on Rabun Bald

Quick hike to see Dry Falls. Normally you can walk behind the falls... 

Quick hike to see Dry Falls. Normally you can walk behind the falls... 

Beer thirty (and warmth) at Lazy Hiker Brewery in Franklin, NC (close to Dry Falls)

Beer thirty (and warmth) at Lazy Hiker Brewery in Franklin, NC (close to Dry Falls)

Lazy Hiker Brewery
Lazy Hiker Brewery
Consider getting lazy at Lazy Hiker Brewco for Humpday Trivia 

Consider getting lazy at Lazy Hiker Brewco for Humpday Trivia 

Watching Kong: Skull Island at Tiger Drive-In

Watching Kong: Skull Island at Tiger Drive-In

 

Asheville, NC

 

Campspot at Lake Powhatan

Campspot at Lake Powhatan

Walking on top of Max Patch

Walking on top of Max Patch

Driving down from Max Patch

Driving down from Max Patch

Work night at Catawba Brewery

Work night at Catawba Brewery

Driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway 

Driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway 

Blue Ridge Parkway Asheville
Hiking the Graveyard Fields loop off of the Blue Ridge Parkway 

Hiking the Graveyard Fields loop off of the Blue Ridge Parkway 

Graveyard Fields Blue Ridge Parkway
Work evening at Wicked Weed Brewery

Work evening at Wicked Weed Brewery

Hike to Black Balsam Knob off of the Blue Ridge Parkway 

Hike to Black Balsam Knob off of the Blue Ridge Parkway 

Checking out Oskar Blues BrewCo in Brevard, NC - great place to stop after hikes on the Blue Ridge Parkway 

Checking out Oskar Blues BrewCo in Brevard, NC - great place to stop after hikes on the Blue Ridge Parkway 

Sunrise on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Sunrise on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Exploring the "Liquid Center" at New Belgium Brewery

Exploring the "Liquid Center" at New Belgium Brewery

On a backstage (free!!) tour learning how employees get from one floor to another 

On a backstage (free!!) tour learning how employees get from one floor to another 

Cheers to new friends at New Belgium Brewery

Cheers to new friends at New Belgium Brewery

Asheville Yoga Center
The unreal/disney worldworld-esque Sierra Nevada Brewery

The unreal/disney worldworld-esque Sierra Nevada Brewery