Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Gone to carolina.

Thanks to Shooter Jennings for this entry title, one of Yes! Weekly's "10 Best songs about North Carolina." I left Starkville around 8 am on Tuesday, December 18th and arrived after dark at Lake Junaluska to a lit up Lightside.

The house sits literarrly in the shadow of Cold Mountain which is North of Waynesville in the Great Smoky Mountains. You wind up the Southern spine of Col Mountain to get to the Blue Ridge Parkway on your way to Mt. Pisgah and the Pisgah Inn, which serves fine fresh whole mountain trout in the summer season, a favorite day tri of mine then.

Here's the house in daylight.

The next morning after breakfast I walked around the lake. At the first bend met the horse of Canadian geese.

Soon we came to the first overly decorated Christmas house and two of the more dramatic hilltop homes on the lake.

Crossed the lake on the footbridge to get to the southern side and complete my loop.

Walked along the Rose Walk, by the Terrace hotel, past Long's Chapel, and up the hill by Lambuth Inn which we view from across the lake near my house shrouded in mist on a typically "smoky" day!

In fact the local mountains get their very name from this weather phenomenon; here's a series of shots of the same.

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