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