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The Mountains

By:  Kathleen  •  Vacations  •  2 months ago  •  40 comments

The Mountains

Does anyone like seeing the mountains?

One thing that I always thought that was a relaxing thing to do is take a drive and look at the mountains.

Tomorrow is my birthday and we are going to take a drive to Harpers Ferry for the day. It's were the three states meet each other.

A few years back, we took a trip to North Carolina and we walked a lot of trails and drove up to a look out on Mt. Mitchell.  Elevation 6,684 feet above sea level.

Located in the Black mountain subrange of the Appalachians.

We stayed at the Red Rocker Inn which is a bed and breakfast that I would recommend for sure.

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1  author  Kathleen    2 months ago

These are some pictures of the trip we took, one of the nicest ones we ever did.

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MUVA
14  MUVA    2 months ago

I have been to Crabtree falls several times .I love the mountains  I spend all winter  at snowshoe or Jackson hole.

 
 
Kathleen
14.1  author  Kathleen  replied to  MUVA @14    2 months ago

It's peaceful and nature is one of the most beautiful things.

 
 
Buzz of the Orient
15  Buzz of the Orient    2 months ago

That's a great set of photos - thanks for taking me vicariously along on your mountain trip.

 
 
Kathleen
15.1  author  Kathleen  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @15    2 months ago

Thank you, It's a lot of fun doing it.

 
 
lennylynx
16  lennylynx    2 months ago
"Does anyone like seeing the mountains?"

Ummm, no, in fact most people hate seeing mountains.  It makes people feel physically ill when they look at a mountain.  I am literally puking my guts out right now after looking at all those mountains.  Please don't do it again! 

 
 
Spikegary
17  Spikegary    2 months ago

In the one picture, there looks to be some kind of fortress built on the peak.  Any idea what that is?  I've found some old WWII Continental Defense buildings in my travels. 

 
 
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17.1  Spikegary  replied to  Spikegary @17    2 months ago

Picture in coment 7.

 
 
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17.2  Spikegary  replied to  Spikegary @17    2 months ago

Picture in coment 7.

 
 
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17.3  author  Kathleen  replied to  Spikegary @17    2 months ago

I am not sure, it does look like it from the pic. I do remember a couple museums there.  Being a national park, I am sure its a good chance it is. I will have to look it up.

 
 
Nowhere Man
17.4  Nowhere Man  replied to  Spikegary @17    2 months ago
In the one picture, there looks to be some kind of fortress built on the peak.  Any idea what that is?  I've found some old WWII Continental Defense buildings in my travels. 

That is the Tomb of Dr Elisha Mitchell, the namesake. He was the one to first accurately measured it's height and revealed that it is the tallest mountain in the eastern continent south of the Arctic. (and east of the Mississippi River) He died in a fall from it in 1857 when going up a second time to confirm his original measurements.

 
 
Split Personality
17.5  Split Personality  replied to  Spikegary @17    2 months ago

Marin County, north of San Fransisco is littered with old defensive batteries from the Civil War Fort under the Golden Gate Bridge to Nike sites on top of the Marin Headlands overlooking SF.

The Marin Headlands is the site of a number of historic military settlements fortifications, including Fort Cronkhite, Fort Barry, a large number of bunkers and batteries, and the SF-88 Nike Missile silo. From the 1890s, the first military installations were built to prevent hostile ships from entering San Francisco Bay. The batteries at Kirby Cove, above Black Sands Beach, south of Rodeo Beach, and at Battery Mendell are examples of fortifications from the pre-World War I period. During World War II Batteries Wallace, Townsley, and 129 on Hawk Hill were built into the hills to protect them from aerial bombardment and the high caliber shells that would be fired by Axis battleships. The emplacements at the top of Hawk Hill were used for a radio station. During the Cold War, the gun batteries were decommissioned, but antiaircraft missile sites were built on the northern and southern sides of Rodeo Lagoon. Radar sites were placed atop Hawk Hill and Hill 88. At several locations, shelters were built into the hillsides to protect the military personnel from the use of nuclear, biological, or chemical weapons.[4]

Observation posts known as base end stations can also be found in the Headlands. A well-preserved example can be seen near the northern end of Rodeo Beach, and others are located near the Point Bonita Lighthouse and on Wolf Ridge as it slopes down to the sea.

All military sites in the Headlands are now decommissioned and returned to civilian use. Some military facilities, such as SF-88, have been preserved as historical sites. Many historical buildings are now used by non-profit organizations, but maintained in their historical condition.

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Most of the hillside batteries and bunkers are now easy to spot as the Army had planted shrubs and trees around them for camouflage in an attempt to conceal them in the steep hills covered with high grasses which are dead and yellow/tan a good 9 - 10 monthes out of the year.
 
 
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17.5.1  dave-2693993  replied to  Split Personality @17.5    2 months ago

How much of that falls under Ft Ord jurisdiction these day?

 
 
Split Personality
17.5.2  Split Personality  replied to  dave-2693993 @17.5.1    2 months ago

Sorry, Dave, did not see your question, and I am confused by it.

Old Fort Ord was next to Monterey, basically far south of San Francisco, next to Salinas.

Did you mean Fort McDowell?  That and Angel Island are all part of federal and State park systems now.

 
 
epistte
17.6  epistte  replied to  Spikegary @17    2 months ago
n the one picture, there looks to be some kind of fortress built on the peak.  Any idea what that is?  I've found some old WWII Continental Defense buildings in my travels.

That is the lookout point on the top of Mt Mitchell,. Ive been there a few times. I was almost hit by the bird the first time i was there because the cloud ceiling was so low the bird didn't see me until the last minute.  I love that part of NC.

 
 
Kathleen
17.6.1  author  Kathleen  replied to  epistte @17.6    2 months ago

Yes... My husband said that was what it was. I could not remember. It was over 10 years since I have been there.  I would like to go back again one day.

 
 
epistte
17.6.2  epistte  replied to  Kathleen @17.6.1    2 months ago

My older sister lives in Asheville and I visited every other year. I love the mountains.

 
 
Kathleen
17.6.3  author  Kathleen  replied to  epistte @17.6.2    2 months ago

I do too, I would prefer living around the mountains more then the ocean.

 
 
charger 383
18  charger 383    2 months ago

Harper's Ferry is a very pretty place, enjoy

 
 
Kathleen
18.1  author  Kathleen  replied to  charger 383 @18    2 months ago

Thank you! : )

 
 
A. Macarthur
19  A. Macarthur    2 months ago

Well done … well photographed … please post more.

 
 
Kathleen
19.1  author  Kathleen  replied to  A. Macarthur @19    2 months ago

Thank you Mac, I will...

 
 
Kathleen
20  author  Kathleen    2 months ago

In picture 8 is my daughter walking down the street. She was about 7 there. That was coming down off the mountain and it was really steep.  

 
 
Nowhere Man
21  Nowhere Man    2 months ago

Very Very nice girl, and I agree with Mac, MORE MORE....

 
 
Kathleen
21.1  author  Kathleen  replied to  Nowhere Man @21    2 months ago

Thank you Nowhere Man...  : )

 
 
Ed-NavDoc
22  Ed-NavDoc    2 months ago

Fantastic set of pictures! Back in the late 80's, I spent time in the New Zealand Alps on the South Island. Some of the most spectacular mountains in the Southern hemisphere are located there. To those that may not be aware, these are the same location where mountain scenes from The Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit trilogies were filmed. I will try and dig up copies of the pictures I took.

 
 
Kathleen
22.1  author  Kathleen  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @22    2 months ago

Thank you Ed, I would love to see them.

 
 
luther28
23  luther28    2 months ago

One thing that I always thought that was a relaxing thing to do is take a drive and look at the mountains.

Better yet, to backpack through the mountains, for me at least.

Nice pix Kathleen