I’ve always lived near a city but I’ve been an outdoors girl at heart. I’ve been in Asheville for three weeks but with the hustle and bustle of the holidays, moving and meeting new family, yesterday was the first time we could escape 20 minutes from home to Pisgah National Forest.
Richard was my hot tour guide, taking us around the Blue Ridge Parkway and pointing out the views.
See Richard in the photo above? There were huge icicles hanging up a hill on the side of the road. I joked that I wanted one so Mr. Hot Stuff climbed up and fetched me one!
We came across a little trail off the winding road. We began our hike, having no idea where we were headed…
The reward at the end was worth the 30-minute hike and more!
This waterfall was partially frozen at the bottom. The water went into this huge pile of ice and into the stream underneath. We took advantage of the iced area and explored!
We climbed the ice to look below… it was COLD!
After our long hike we stopped by Looking Glass Falls.
Most of this area is normally filled with streaming water. Luckily it was iced over so we were able to get super close to the waterfall’s base.
Below you see where a section of ice broke away and the cold water is underneath. On second thought, walking over the ice might have been a bit risky.
It was COLD!
What is your favorite area to explore near your home?