Time for the year’s traditional “yellow haze weekend” post when the yellow pollen cakes up on everything.
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Today Pat and I hiked the Eagle Spur Rail-Trail in south Durham. It’s a 2.3 mile very flat trail which connects Stagecoach Rd to Jordan Lake. The trailhead is off Stagecoach Rd and we had driven by it hundreds of times and always wondered why there were so many cars parked there. Today, we discovered what I nice trail it is. It’s a 2.3 mile very flat trail which connects Stagecoach Rd to Jordan Lake. It used to be a spur rail line going to Duncan. It’s an easy, shaded hike except for one or two places where there’s some construction.
Someone had thoughtfully left these shoes at the trailhead in case we needed them.
The trailhead marker:
Long, straight, and beautiful
The leaves are just beginning to bud on the trees
Some spring flowers
One small obstacle on the path. There was a way to walk around, but I got a kick out of walking across the board.
The trail leads to Jordan Lake and you can tell we are in the middle of pollen season.
Here are a couple of views across the like. I like the color palette here. Early spring colors.
We were very excited to see a Blue Heron land in the swampy area of the lake and start hunting for fish. Can you spot the Blue Heron in these pictures?
This guy wasn’t as exciting, but easier to spot….
This weekend Pat and I went to Hot Springs, NC to do some exploring. We’d visited the area a couple of years ago to hike to the top of Max Patch Bald. But it was the dead of winter and the day was so foggy you could hardly see twenty feet in front of you. We wanted to go back when the weather was better so we could take in the panoramic views. We weren’t disappointed. We’d also read that there were some pictographs from 2500 BC in the area. It took some time, but we finally found them thanks to Pat’s sharp eyes. We also climbed up the cliffs of “Paint Rock” to catch some great views of the French Broad River.
Here are some of my favorite pictures from that trip:
Paint Rock. You can see the red lined patterns on the rock face. No one knows what they mean. But they are high on the cliff face overlooking the French Broad River.
Pat and I at the top of Paint Rock, French Broad River in the background
French Broad River from the top of Paint Rock
Geodetic marker at the top of Max Patch Bald to prove we made the climb!
View from the geodetic marker at the top of Max Patch Bald
Snow still on the ground at Max Patch Bald!
The postcard shot from Max Patch Bald
I was able to add several videos to my “one minute” series.
William’s Gourmet Kitchen
Williams’ Gourmet Kitchen is a great lunch place if you’re looking for something that’s quick but still a cut above fast food.
I was a little afraid when we pulled into the parking lot at 11:45 am and the lot was jam packed. I got stuff to do and I need to get back to work for meetings and stuff. But they got people through the line fast with a very friendly efficiency.
I ordered the Thursday special. Can’t remember exactly what it was called but something like the William’s Smoky Blue Burger. Added the beer battered fries and soda. Price was a little higher than area fast food, but not by much.
It was delicious. Fresh baked bread. Meat cooked to order. Fresh stuff. Hot. Juicy, Savory, Crispy bacon. Very good comfort food, even the fries.
If you’re looking to get out of the office for lunch in the RTP area and you don’t want to take all day at a sit down restaurant nor endure the schlock that passes for fast food these days, Williams’ Gourmet Kitchen is the place for you.