Sorry that so many of you had hot and humid weather, or, worse, tornados this past weekend. We were fortunate and had a spectacular cool spring weekend:
We hiked a portion of the Mountain to Sea Trail , a 1,000 mile long (not completed) hiking trail stretching from Clingman’s Dome on the North Carolina / Tennessee border to the North Carolina Outer Banks. We, of course, walked only a few miles just north of Mt Pisgah.
The part we were on is commonly known as the Shut In Trail, a legacy of the Vanderbilt family. The trail was built by George V. Vanderbilt to go from his house, which was actually just a little 175,000 square foot summer home with 250 rooms, to his hunting lodge – a 16 mile trail that stayed on his property the whole time because the yard was 125,000 acres. Nope, none of those number are wrong. Here is a little picture I took of the house from several miles away:
Let me repeat. Summer Home. All we can say is – Wow! Well, and wouldn’t we all like to have zoomies in that house. Oh my.
In our video, you can get a little feel for the Shut In Trail name because the Mountain Laurel and Rhododendron wrap over the trail in such as way as to give you a “Shut In” feeling.” You can also see some of the original stone work that formed the foundation of the original trail:
Ok, enough for the humans. Pups – we found this tree to be one of the most fascinating things on the trail.
Anyway, enjoy our little Walking Wednesday video – a tribute to a small part of the Mountain to Sea Trail: