There’s a saying in the mountains of North Carolina. If you don’t like the weather here, wait 15 minutes; it will change. We do have four distinct seasons, and sometimes two in the same month. This February lives up to that reputation. A week ago, there was several inches of snow on the ground.
Today, motorcycles and bicycles were everywhere. The sky was blue. Children and dogs roamed the trails and water flowed. The temperature was in the mid 60s. We hiked the trails near Craven Gap along the Blue Ridge Parkway. This trail has the notoriety of having been trekked by the President and the First Lady on one of their recent trips to Asheville.
By mid-week, those same trails will be slick and icicles will form once again. The only thing you can count on is rapid weather changes, sometimes without notice. Nevertheless, outdoor activities thrive even in the winter in North Carolina. Come see what makes the Asheville area such a wonderful place to live. For more information on local hiking trails, go to http://www.exploreasheville.com/things-to-do/hiking-trails/craven-gap/
Hurricane Irene has been all over the national news this week. West coast relatives have been calling with concern over the threat of Irene. Although we have had heavy rain from hurricanes traveling through the gulf, Western North Carolina is quite a safe distance from the North Carolina Coast. In fact, it’s actually a closer drive to the South Carolina coast, specifically Charleston.
Looking to escape Atlantic coast hurricanes? Look no further than the mountains of North Carolina. While storm surges breach sea walls, you could be enjoying waterfalls. Is your favorite restaurant boarded up until the storm passes? Asheville has some of the finest dining in the southeast. Avoid the shelter and stay in a historic bed and breakfast in Hendersonville.
Be safe. Be smart. Now would be a good time to visit the mountains!