For this adventure, Jon and I hiked up to Slate Rock, camped on top and hiked down in the morning, with time to eat breakfast at a diner, shower and get to work. Since I didn't have a pack at the time, Jon was stuck hauling all of our gear...
... while I skipped on up with a small Osprey hydration pack. To be fair, I had also recently injured my knee and was taking it easy.
Due to the lighting, the ailing camera, and pulling my hair back and securing all fly-aways with a headband, I look as bald as the rock we were hiking towards.
It was getting dark as we were hiking up. I had worked until 5:00 and then run home to pack, so we got a bit of a late start.
On the hike up, I got my picture taken with a snail.
(He was fastidiously working away at the mushrooms, and couldn't be bothered to notice us.)
On a scale of Pretty to Not Pretty, what would you guess the view was at the top? Trick question; the answer is Very Pretty.
I made a fire and Jon cooked us up some Ramen and mac n cheese.
In the morning, this was our view.
Not a bad way to start your day, huh? Another great little Asheville trip, about a 30 minute drive from my house.