The morning started with the ladies sleeping late and me making coffee and enjoying it by the fire pit. After breakfast, we headed out for an easy hike to Fall Branch Falls. The weather was great for the 30 minute hike into see the falls. The trail is surrounded by rhododendron.
After the hike, we headed into town for lunch at Blue Ridge Brewery. I had the African Chicken Soup with Apple & Ham Panini, Katie Beth has Shrimp Mac & Cheese, and Karen had the Spinach and Apple salad. With lunch finished, we went for another hike.
Keeping it easy, we hiked the Aska Trail: Long Branch Loop. The trail has some ups and downs, but it is just a moderate trail. This time we discovered the remains of an old homestead. We have hiked and bicycled this trail before and never noticed the homestead. We even found a snake hiding in the stones of the chimney warming itself. We took Katie Beth to the Tocca River so she could play on her favorite rocks. As rain was starting, we drove into town.
We decided to stop at Grumpy Old Men Brewery for some sampling. Karen had some good adult time chatting with other guest. Katie Beth enjoyed playing with all the dogs and she and I had a good game of checkers plus other games.
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