Experience counts, especially in a fast changing world
I love riding my motorcycle in the North Carolina mountains, and I love hiking along the many trails in the area. Every year, I ride up to Cruso, NC and stay at Blue Ridge Motor Cycle Campground for Memorial day. Phil, Leslie and Jay have created a little piece of heaven right in the middle of the Blue Ridge mountains.
Today, due to the threat of rain, I decided to hike instead of ride. A few mile south on highway 276, the are several well marked and maintained trail. I parked the bike at the trail head parking area and headed off for my “walk in the words”. This was going to be a nice break after two days of riding from morning till dusk.
The first thing i noticed was the notice of what to do if you encountered a bear. Bears are active in this part of the Blue Ridge, especially during May and June. Earlier this spring a bear bit a hiker while he was in his tent not too far from here on the Appalachian Trail. This was a well traveled hiking trail, so I figured I would be safe.
The first thing I noticed as I got into the woods, were the many spring wildflowers, including blackberries, mountain laurel and wild violets. I tried to take pictures, but they could not do justice to the setting of the