Posted by: worldofwillwalton | December 29, 2009

Grandfather Mountain

So Sunday night was the third straight night of poor sleeping by Will.  😦  We got up Monday and decided to head over to Grandfather Mountain.  While getting ready, Will decided to poop up his back, so we did a quick load of laundry before leaving.  It was a gorgeous day! We drove up to the summit and hiked over to the swinging bridge.  Hiking the trail with Will in the Bjorn proved to be some what difficult.  I couldn’t see my feet or the ground directly in front of me, which is a problem when there are plenty of roots and rocks to climb over.  As a result, I did a lot of sideways walking.  Thankfully, we made it safely to the top.  The bridge is the highest swinging footbridge in the US.  It is a mile above sea level and from it you can even see Charlotte.  It was no surprise that I was freaked out walking across it.  After our trip across the bridge in Vancouver, I knew that I was going to be irrationally afraid.  This bridge was much sturdier, shorter, and closer to the ground than the bridge in Vancouver, but I was still uneasy crossing it.  There were fun rocks to climb on the other side of the bridge, so that was my motivation.  Once across, we climbed all around the rocks and enjoyed the beautiful view.  As you will see in pictures below, it was incredibly windy at a mile high!  After playing around, we found a spot to sit and eat lunch and then hiked back down to the car.  We drove about halfway down the mountain to the animal habitats.  We saw bears, mountain lion, bald eagles, otters, and deer.  By this point Will had fallen asleep, so the animals didn’t impress him.    Of course while there, we also stopped in for some fudge before heading off the mountain.  What a great day!

Hiking up to the summit

Hiking up to the summit

Going over the bridge

Going over the bridge

 

At the summit

At the summit

So much fun

So much fun

After lunch

After lunch

Not too intersted in the bears

Not too intersted in the bears

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