Only 3 hours after our scheduled 5am departure, we headed for Linville Gorge. A healthy breakfast of donuts and coffee (Mom's outta town!) along the way, donuts and coffee-induced farts in the car (go wild, it's Mom's car!) and we're reach the Kistler Memorial "Highway" on the west side of Linville Gorge at noon, heading south. Our first objective, Dogback Mountain (3,540'), was an easy 0.1 mile round-tripper off the road, but with great views of Hawksbill and Table Rock.
|Brogan and Gus posing for a terrible photographer - I hid Table Rock behind a tree|
The first mile or so of the hike is on an old jeep trail. We pass the time in true Dillmore dorkiness - Brogan insisting on math problems after every 0.1 miles, doing well on addition and multiplication but experiencing problems distinguishing between velocity, distance and time. Gus, wanting to participate, trots up after the first mile or so with a very self-satisified look on his face. Did he just figure out how to split the atom? Did he just prove that P=NP*? No, but close...he rubbed himself with Unidentified Animal Feces (UAF)!!! Because it is smart to smell like the excrement of a wild animal (who apparently had Mexican food and beer the night before).
* - bzzzt! If you got this reference without google, you are even more hopeless than I am.
|The UAF stripe on the shoulder really ties his ensemble together - and guarantees him a lot of space in the tent|
Anyway, after about 2 miles we see an unmarked path heading off to the summit of Dobson Knob. I hand the GPS off to Brogan, who likes to watch the mileage decrease as he approaches the summit.
|Literally following the shortest line to the summit. Metaphorically following in his Dad's footsteps. The over/under on age he first kisses a girl is 18.4|
- it's probably too complicated
- there's hope for him yet
|Tromping to the summit(L)/[thought bubble] Oh no! P=NP has terrible implications for the future of cryptography!!! (R)|
|Our accomodations for the night. Gus sees some poop in the distance that looks like the rollin'-in kind|
|Winding down with Dr. Seuss by the fire<><><><>|
|Night be damned, that Dr. Seuss book WILL be finished!|