First on the agenda - a visit to Wiseman's overlook. Great views of the gorge. Unfortunately, the photos are a bit bleached - I forgot my polarizing filter. We hang out here for about 20 minutes.
|In front of Hawksbill, which we'd hike later in the day|
|The view south down Linville Gorge from Wiseman's Overlook; Table Rock to the left|
|Brogan looking north along Linville Gorge|
|Hamming it up at Wiseman's Overlook|
Next up - Laurel Mountain (4,060'), just off the road on the west rim of the gorge. There is no trail to the top; it's a summit only a peakbagger could love. I debate whether or not to subject Brogan to this idiocy, but when we pull off the road my GPS tells me we're only 0.28 miles from the summit. How bad can it be? We start up through some rhododendron and blow-down. Brogan is dubious, but soldiers on.
|I am a bad father. Next up, chainsaw juggling.|
|How is this thing still standing?|
|Why take the easy way?|
|I was too slow with the camera to catch his crimp move with the left hand.|
|Success! Now, how to get down...|
|View across the gorge from the top of Hawksbill|
|Brogan at the top of Hawksbill, camera looking south. The two peaks we climbed the day before are visible - Dogback (L) and Dobson Knob further away (R, just left of Brogan)|
|This little dummy made me nervous, jumping from rock to rock, oblivious to the several hundred foot drop-off just below him|
|Despite the pain of several falls, the promise of ice cream still draws a smile.|