October will be the month that all of my co-workers get mad at me. I don’t plan on being productive, but I also don’t plan on being there for most of the month either. The doldrums of summer are over and the month of adventure has begun: I have two separate trips planned, and I couldn’t be more excited.
First, I have my anniversary trip with my bubbly bride….or, as bubbly as she’ll be working part time and taking 19 credit hours this semester. We’ll be leaving on a Saturday morning and heading down to Myrtle Beach for a few days to stay at Myrtle Beach State Park. All of the crowds are up in the mountains looking at the turning colors as evidenced by the fact we couldn’t get a reservation to any cabin up there when we tried 3 months ago. Besides sleeping in, walking along the beach, and decimating every seafood joint in a 50 mile radius, we actually are planning on having some adventures. With kayaks on the roof, we’ll be driving down to Huntington Beach and will paddle around the intercoastal to what pictures we can get of alligators. Once we’re done there, if the gators haven’t grabbed us, we’ll head up to the Waccamaw River and paddle upstream into the small feeder creeks and see what we can find.
The following weekend I’ll be reviving a long tradition with my father and taking our annual birthday trip up to the mountains of North Carolina. Nights will be cold, the colors will be vibrant, and Linville Gorge will be as rugged as always; it doesn’t hurt that my Dad just got a 1988 Chevy Silverado 4x4 and wants to test it out on the logging roads that crisscross the Gorge. We’ll start the first day by stopping at Lake James State Park for some fishing, which actually means I get to work on my cast. Lake James has the distinction of being one of the few lakes in North Carolina that has muskies in addition to large and small mouth bass and my father is hoping to plumb the depths for dinner. Next, we’ll be traveling north to Linville proper and see if we can spot the mythical Brown Mountain Lights that are supposed to rise up from the river and are visible at Wisemans Overlook. From there we might head north to Roan Mountain, but more than likely we’ll just hike around the gorge to see the waterfalls and fall colors.
If neither of those trips sound interesting, there are a few more options. October is the perfect time to go and visit the Smokies. Elk are still active through the end of the month, and the deer will be out in force. Add in the gorgeous colors and overlooks, the hungry trout, plus the foreign tourists, and you have possibly the most diverse experience you can hope to find within a three hour drive. The only difficulty you’ll have is finding an available campsite; most of the smaller campgrounds will start closing down since this it’s nearing the end of the season so call ahead to get into one of the larger areas.
Sorry that it’s a short article this month, but I’m actually going to be out having adventures instead of just writing about them.
Amish in the sense that, at one point, my family helped others raise barns.
Now I build websites to help others build their businesses.