|Trying to get all three of us in a picture.|
Raven Rock State Park runs along the Cape Fear River and boasts of a new visitors center. The building may be 2 years old but it still has that new construction smell. It's manned and there is a museum inside. I picked up a copy of the Jawbone Trail Cookbook which is a compilation of recipes from park staff, family, and friends. Imagine a church cookbook, but instead of grandmother Sally's best punchbowl cake recipe you have park ranger John's recipe for bean burgers. The park staff person shared with us the pros and cons of taking the loop in either direction. We chose to go left where the loop begins so that we could do most of the uphill hiking before taking the Lanier Falls spur for lunch. That also meant that the last portion of the hike was along Campbell Creek. There's no avoiding the descent to the beginning of the loop or the climb back up it at the very end of the hike. As always, going down was way more difficult than going up. However this time I was wearing a knee brace which I think made it better for me in the end.
We had lunch at the end of the Lanier Falls spur down on some rocks. When the water level is low, I suppose it would be easy to cross out to the boulders in the middle of the Cape Fear. We saw a couple of young men traverse the "falls" to get to the rocks, but one of my friends noted that they definitely looked like they knew what they were doing.
|Riding along in her automobile...|
|Fuel: Coffee and a green smoothie (ask and I'll tell you what's in it)|
|Perhaps he was heading to the farm equipment auction we passed on Raven Rock Road. Ladies take note, men bidding on farm equipment also drive really nice, amazingly shiny, large pickup trucks.|
Causing Another Park Guest to Crack Up
|I don't know why that guy (not pictured) thought it was funny when one friend pointed out the benefits of a beaver as a husband (hard workers, build things, pretty fur etc.).|
|Wait why do I have to squat so far when she could stand straight up under here?|
Post Lunch Yoga Photo Shoot (Please note this sloping rock does not just run into the water. There is a substantial drop off to the rapids below and we decided to do this anyway...).
|Take the picture already. This is not remotely close to level. Oh hold your horses and straighten out that back leg.|
|That's all you're going to do?|
|Fine! Here's a hurt knee Warrior II.|
|That's not a smile friend.|
|If I lose my balance are y'all coming in to get me? Sorry I'm not a strong swimmer but I will holler across the river to those folks fishing to see if they can help.|
|Welcome to the wild side! The Zebra is just the beginning...|
|Sir what are you staring at? Don't all hikers stretch with their heads thrown back?|
|I know the state park system wants this one in their marketing materials. We are a part of a...|