It had been too long since we last took a walk. Wanting something different we decided on a nature trail in a park north of town. It was a park I had spent many unwanted hours at years ago for home school events I wanted no part of. I hadn’t returned since. But I decided I might as well replace my bad, semi repressed memories with some good ones.
Rain had been falling every day for weeks but this was the first day the sun had been out for more then a few hours, but it was still very humid and muggy. I saw this tree at the beginning of the trail, a sign of the mushroom sightings to come.
Moss was everywhere, covering fallen trees and branches with a fuzzy green coating. And around nearly every turn, a different type of mushroom, some I had never seen before.
Also present, were millions of bugs. I unfortunately had forgotten to bring bug spray so there were times where we raced down the trail at full speed, trying to outrun clouds of mosquitoes and ominous buzzing sounds.
As we neared the end of the trail, we spotted an incredible sight.
We almost got caught in the rain after this, but luckily is passed over pretty quickly.
This trail was a lot of fun and I can’t wait to go back. And maybe I’ll even remember the bug spray!
I love discovering new places on the blue ridge parkway. Some places are a long and difficult hike to get to, others are just a quick walk down some wooden stairs.
The quick walk down the wooden stairs at Graveyard Fields led to a peaceful rocky stream. I would have liked to stay here and wander around in the shallow water, but as this had been a quick little 24 hour trip to Asheville to see a concert, I hadn’t packed the right clothes for playing in a river!
The goal was to hike to the big upper falls of Graveyard Fields, but we got turned around and ended up back in the parking lot!
The story of that adventure is here.
A few more pictures from when my friends and I explored an old Abandoned Mill Village, that was used for part of filming the Hunger Games movies.
These little homes have sat vacant for at least forty years, while nature engulfed them. Grass grew tall around the foundation, and vines had climbed through the windows, and cracks in the walls.
I wish I could go back in time and see what this place once was.
It was the perfect kind of day for exploring, and a day I will never forget.
This is a sequel to my post: Cemetery in a Christmas Tree Farm
After my friends and I visited their family’s long lost graveyard, one of them had the idea of exploring an old abandoned village that had been used to film parts of the Hunger Games movies. It wasn’t far from the Christmas Tree Farm, and we were in an exploring mood so we went for it.
I imagined the village being tucked way back into the woods, maybe down a dirt road and hard to find. But in reality it was just a few minutes off the interstate, and on either side of a busy road!
This plot of land is called the Henry River Mill Village, and was an industrial textile manufacturing operation from the early 1900s to the 1970s. The mill workers lived in the 35 homes that made up this little village, but when the mill closed down and the workers left, the homes became abandoned and forgotten.
The little mill houses have certainly degraded over the many years spent abandoned, and most of them are full of graffiti and trash. But this mill town still seems to have quite a bit of character, with the winding pathways, rolling hills and overgrown brush that wrap around the homes.
This entire town is actually for sale! I’ll be interested to see what becomes of this little place in the future. I’d definitely love to return to it again someday.