Journey of a Lifetime


Thursday, May 13, 2010

Day 22 - Mission: Sightseeing Franklin & Highlands

This morning we piled into Jim's pickup & set out for a tour of Franklin's natural sights & Highlands, NC.
Our first stop was the Cullasaja Falls
Then on to Dry Falls - not because it isn't full of water, but because you can walk behind it while remaining relatively dry. (Look close - we are there behind the falls)
The next waterfall we stopped at was Bridal Veil - this one you can drive behind. I am kicking myself for not jumping out and snapping a picture because Jim used it as a car wash and the joke of the day was: "If you use your local waterfall as a carwash, you might be a redneck."
Franklin is known for its beauty on several levels, not only its natural sights but it is also know as the Gem Capital of the World - rich in gems & minerals. We had a chance to see some of these up close and personal at Jackson Hole, a local stop, where you can actually mine for your own gems.
A little bit of shopping & coffee in Highlands - the really upscale side of town.
We stopped for yummy BBQ at this local dive...
And on our way back to the cabin, Jim saw these locals out in the field and called them over for a tangerine snack.
Cathie & I finally made it to the local yarn shop too and I found some yummy Alpaca that is locally grown here in Franklin. I even have the name & photo of the fluffy creature that provides it annually.
My Uncle & Aunt & Grandpa had made their way up from Florida yesterday, so we went to their camp for a visit in the evening.

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