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.