Showing posts with label friend. Show all posts
Showing posts with label friend. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Chimney Rock in Early Spring -- A Must See!

A few questions that need to be answered this week...

Does Spring make you want to climb mountains and cross raging rivers on a raft?  

Do you want to have that feeling of adventure without hurting yourself or feeling absolutely exhausted?

When are you too old to do something stupid, fun, exciting, or out of your comfort zone?

We made our initial pilgrimage for the year to Chimney Rock Park this week.  It is a twenty mile drive through beautiful Western North Carolina to the park.  It is a new and improved state park now.  The trillium and peach trees at the park are in full bloom and we found the bloodroot and star chickweed.  We had help but we now know that there is a chickweed that blooms and is pretty.  Not like that stuff that is trying to take over in the yard!?!  And that is how early spring at Chimney Rock should be; A nice walk, a little education and spectacular scenery to start off the month.  

The Skyline Trail is open and you can walk to the highest point in the Park, Exclamation Point, at 2,480 feet. It does not sound high but it is.  It also has incredible views from the Opera Box and Devil’s Head which is on your way to the top.  

Have you ever hiked the Four Seasons Trail?  It connects the Meadows to the Hickory Nut Falls trail.  Last year they had a naturalist that gave complimentary and extremely informative guided hikes.  We are hoping that they will do that again.

Have you ever wanted to learn how to rock climb?  Fox Mountain Guides has new owners and lots of energy.  They are also one of the Southeast’s leaders in rock climbing education.   Vista Rock is a great place for beginning your rock climbing adventures.  It is also great for learning how to rappel.  If you are a dare devil that has been rock climbing since you were a little tyke then you can test your skills on the two difficult routes up the chimney. 
Birdwatching, hiking, wildflower hunting, photography, rock climbing…the list keeps getting longer. 
Come by 1898 Waverly Inn and get your tickets to a really fun day!

How old should you be when you say “I am too old to learn how to rock climb?”  Come on…join us!

We hope we've given you yet another reason to visit the 1898 Waverly Inn in Hendersonville, NC very soon!

John, Diane, Darla & Debbie
1898 Waverly Inn
Bed and Breakfast Hendersonville NC

Saturday, March 6, 2010

And the "Heat" Goes On at The Waverly Inn!

For the past week, I have been in the basement of The Waverly Inn, pressing a button! At times I have felt like one of the Goblins of Middle Earth from Lord of the Rings, coming up from the mines long enough to hunt for food and then returning to the dark to perform a mindless and senseless task.

But, blessed is he who has an industrial boilerman as a best friend! Dale, my Utah skiing partner just happens to make a living repairing commercial boilers and he literally saved my butt this week. With the help of a cell phone, digital camera, the internet, and Dales wife Jeannie (only one of which Dale knows anything got it, the cell phone) this picture was sent to him and he correctly diagnosed our problem as a short in the flame rod and voila, the HEAT was ON at The Waverly and John was released from the dungeon.

About the only person who was displeased with all of this was my wife Diane who, for the first full week since we were married 34 years ago, knew exactly where I was 24 hours a day! I am once again free to roam Western NC at will.

The moral of the story is: it's important to have at least one best friend and one great wife! I am indeed a fortunate man to have both in my life.

The Waverly Inn Innkeeper
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