|Stopped here to stretch my legs, read my directions (GPS could no longer find a signal), and take a pic.|
|I'm sure my car yelled "You Lie" to the air since it has never experienced this temperature during daylight in August.|
|Insert joke about a group of women hiking to and from "Hooker Falls"|
|Can you count the three falls?|
|I could just post a picture of the falls but...|
|Right pass our turnoff to the covered bridge we ran into a lady driving this truck. She told us to watch out for the copperheads as she'd been seeing a lot lately and to remember to make a lot of noise WHEN we ran into a black bear.|
|The little blue tubes protect the seedlings.|
|A hop, a skip, and a jump and we were at our lunch site viewing Bridal Veil Falls.|
|Tour group stepping over me.|
|Tour group drinking strangely colored liquid.|
|Tour group staff thinking "Hope these hikers/bikers/horseback riders don't tell my group that admission into the Forest is free and the N.C. tourism board has a self-guided Hunger Games tour that you can print for free."|
Okay back to the hike. We headed up Bridal Veil Falls. No really, we headed up the falls, stepping from dry patch to dry patch on the edge. How else would we see where a famous Last of the Mohicans scene was filmed?
|Please take a picture of me. Oh no you don't need to keep my phone on this side. I'll keep it dry...|
|No words! I cannot describe the sound or the feeling of being underneath these falls.|
|I did not start the day thinking I would sit under a waterfall but the Dame on my left (blue sweatshirt) convinced me. I can also thank her for my need to stick my feet into cold mountain water at the end of our other hikes. Life is good!|
Next stop: J. Crew Warehouse Sale! Google navigator took me on what felt like a very circuitous 25-mile route to Arden NC's J. Crew Warehouse. A few times a year, at two locations in North America, J. Crew clears stock at prices between 60 and 90 percent of retail. I thought I would take a chance and see what was left since I was in the area. After stopping at a gas station, cleaning up, and changing into my leggings/tank/dress ensemble, I went over to the warehouse and stood in line. I waited about 30 minutes. My coworkers that arrived before the opening were in line for 3-4 hours. Once I entered the warehouse, I thought there is no way I am going to find anything. It was chaos. But then I saw the price list. That was all the encouragement I needed.
After 2 hours of searching through boxes I landed several great work dresses, shoes, blouses, neon yellow flats, boots, a dress for one of my favorite little girls, and an all over sequin dress that I would generally never buy. Most of my purchases were around 80 percent off and the sequin dress was more than 90 percent off. Please note that I had no soreness from the hike, but the entire right side of my body hurt from the repeated dig and ditch motion required to make it through those boxes.
All in all it was a great day. I was so exhausted when I finally made it back into my house at 11:30 p.m., I dozed off underneath the shower. Until next time y'all.