Saturday was another rest day. I spent the morning resting, reading and enjoying the quiet around the cabins. In the afternoon, I took off to check out an area walking trail about which I'd read in a brochure. Lake Junaluska is a nearby conference and retreat center affiliated with the The United Methodist Church. It is in an incredibly gorgeous setting surrounding a lake ringed by the distant mountains. I read that a 2.6 mile paved walking trail circled the lake and I just had to check it out. What I found was indeed, a lovely path that made for a leisurely stroll around the lake. It was just the amount of exercise I needed in preparation for yet another long hike on Sunday. Take a look.........
Sunday was another day of leaving at dark-thirty. Our trailhead was once again down in the depths of the valley and even further than the one on Wednesday. But we arrived at the Big Fork Ridge trailhead and were off by 8:30. This hike was a loop hike covering Big Fork Ridge Trail, a portion of Caldwell Fork Trail and Rough Fork Trail. Our total mileage was 9.2. The weather, although warmer than previous days, began cool but a rapid warmup began quickly and I'll have to say, that by the time we reached our lunch spot, HOT became the operative word for me. We still had quite a bit of climbing to do after lunch and I was quite happy to see the high point of our hike when we reached a particular trail junction. From that point forward, it was ALL downhill! Enjoy a couple of pictures from this hike.
At the completion of today's hike, we all agreed that more than one rest day was in order. I was headed home early Monday morning. Gene and Judi had decided to extend their stay in Maggie Valley for a few more days. We said good-bye, but plan to do more hiking while they are in the area. Once more time, I'll link to Judi's post about our Sunday hike. BTW, Judi is an avid blog reader. Since I've linked so liberally to her reports, please let her know if you enjoy them. I want to make sure she gets the credit for her wonderful pictures and hike reports.
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On the horizon...............exciting stuff! More friends coming to town for some good old Tennessee adventures and right around the corner (Yikes!) is 2012 Summer Trip. Can't believe it's only 2 1/2 weeks away. Where are we headed? Stay tuned!