Sunday, September 05, 2010

Whiteside Mountain

Highway 64 extends 2,326 miles through five states. One end of this historic highway is in Manteo, North Carolina and the other end is deep into New Mexico. We merged onto this road in Brevard, North Carolina and motored west 30 miles along the curvy, smooth, and wide-laned highway to Sapphire, North Carolina where we lodged for a week in a Wyndham Resort at Fairfield Sapphire Valley.  I'll show pictures of the resort property where we stayed in a later blog update.

Throughout the week we drove back and forth along Highway 64 through Cashiers, Highlands, and Lake Toxaway to visit national and state parks to hike trails and climb mountains.  The most breathtaking climb and scenic views were those on Whiteside Mountain.  The 900' vertical drop can be seen in the pictures below. Of course, we climbed a trail from the back side of the mountain to reach the path along the top edge of the cliff.  Click on the pictures for better viewing.

Have a good week!

The top of Whiteside Mountain

Mountains in the distance are in SC or GA
Whiteside Mountain 
A closer look at Whiteside Mountain
From the top of Whiteside Mountain
A look into SC or GA

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