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Trip to Appalachain Mountains (56k computer will blow up)

Well yesterday was mine and Sara's 6 year anniversary together! I took the day off and we headed to the mountains around Boone, NC (for you Appalachian State fans). We went to Linville Caverns and Grandfather Mountain. It was a rainy day, but we enjoyed it! (Yes I even took pics of the truck on our anniversary)

Outside of the Caverns:

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In the Caverns. The green stuff you see is algae from where they keep the lights on. It would not be there on a daily basis if not for that.

Three different kinds of trout they put in the stream. (they used to be there during the cave's discovery)

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The Civil War fireplace:

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Broken Stalactites that broke off during a massive flood during the 40s.

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crevice:

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Below my feet is a pool of water they call the bottomless pool. That's because they have never reached the bottom of it yet. They have dropped a weighted cable down but still have not reached the bottom. Two divers went down and said the walls got to narrow to fit though way down. There is no oxygen in the water because it never moves, therefore no life in it.

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Biggest stalactite in the cave. It takes 126 years to grow 1 cubic foot of Limestone:

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An adult full grown brown bat hibernating:

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Limestone "columns", or where a stalactite meets a stalagmite.

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Now here is some phenomenon. This is a SILVERDOLLAR FOSSIL. Yes, in a cave IN THE MOUNTAINS about 500 miles from the beach or more. According to geology, the Appalachian mountains were once under a shallow sea.

Looks like a skeleton:

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the fiance and I

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Up on Grandfather Mountain:

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The Mile High Swinging Bridge. No it is not a mile above the ground, but 1 mile above sea level. It is actually 80 foot above the ground

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When we were leaving, I had a chance to get one of the best pics I have ever taken. There was a rainbow right above the hairpin curves up the mountain:

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The giftshop/entrace:

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The curves:

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My Favorite PIctures:

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Sorry for any double pics, not the easiest to post like 70 pics. We had a great day. Took a tank and a quarter of gas and about $200 for the trip between gas, food and admissions to the places, so not so bad!

here was the route I took:

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Nice pics!
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Nice man. Looks like you and sara had a great day
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nice pics man!!! good looing girl to did you slide that bad boy around that hairpin?? haha
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lol, I thought about it, but i didnt want a park ranger on my ***
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Nice shots, I'm surprised the top was open with how foggy and rainy it was.

Those last few shots are awesome!
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Nice shots, I'm surprised the top was open with how foggy and rainy it was.

Those last few shots are awesome!
the rainbow was sweet over the hairpin curve!

on the leaves shot, i wanted to turn the truck at an angle, but Sara was afraid, so I didn't...lol
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Once again, sweet pics!
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the rainbow was sweet over the hairpin curve!

on the leaves shot, i wanted to turn the truck at an angle, but Sara was afraid, so I didn't...lol
Haha, what road was that? 221?
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321. That road gave me a headache from all the damn curves. That was on the way to Hickory
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lol, I thought about it, but i didnt want a park ranger on my ***
haha ya that would suck but one be one hell of a pic, still aint worth it
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Yeah sorry the weather sucked for you. You should have come up today, the weather was about perfect.
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cool *** pics, pretty creepy down in those cave things...

also diggin the fish hook on that hat
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I've only driven on that part of the road once. God bless it.
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Sweet pics. Ranger and girl are looking good man.

Cool to think that that bridge is at the same elevation of Denver. Imagine how high the mountains here are.
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Yeah sorry the weather sucked for you. You should have come up today, the weather was about perfect.
wow another carolinian!
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Great pics! Too bad the weather wasn't a little better but it looks like you made the best of it.
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wow another carolinian!
Yeah there are a few of us here, slowly gaining.
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yep there are. ive been here going on two years (actively anyways)
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i need to crank my t-bars, but i dont want a stiffer ride than what I already have
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321. That road gave me a headache from all the damn curves. That was on the way to Hickory
Oh wow yeah that is pretty busy up there so that wouldn't have been a good idea to stop and take a picture with the truck blocking the road lol

hehe that isn't even a really curvy road, some of those back roads are funnnn
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it actually wasnt that busy that day
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