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Latest Escapade
« on: August 11, 2011, 07:04:16 AM »
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Our latest trip to the top of Table Rock to view the lights was almost two weeks ago, Friday night - We were on vacation and decided at the supper table, about 8:00pm, to hike to the top of Table Rock. My son's best friend and his family had driven up that day to join us for a few days of hiking and having fun. We drove to the Table Rock parking lot, got out of the cars and turned off all the lights (about 10:30pm). Then all of us (6 adults) looked straight up at the sky. With no light pollution, the stars went on forever. Bryan's mother had never seen a sky like that, but she was in for an even bigger treat. We hiked up the trail and came out on the rock - the sky was unbelievable, millions of stars. The Milky Way was plainly visible - just gorgeous! The valley below us (Linville Gorge) and the valley near the Brown Mountain Range were hazy. But suddenly there was an incredibly bright light right on the top of Hawks Bill, bright, bright. We don't know what it was - too bright to be a flashlight and there is no road up there so it was NOT headlights. Could have been a really bright LED flashlight, I guess. But we all stopped and looked. Saw several flashes on the Brown Mountain Range but nothing over there that looked like the lights. Just the same, it was a gorgeous night and the breeze was brisk and cool up there, especially after all these hot days down in the piedmont. We hiked back down, still marveling at the gorgeous sky and God's handiwork in heavens above our heads. 

I don't recommend going up there at night unless you have been up there in the daytime, or are familiar with the layout of the top of the rock. The bushes are very overgrown and if you don't know where the paths go, you could easily get to a dangerous cliff face fast. Please be careful if you choose to go up.
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« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2011, 03:06:28 PM »
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Hi Dottie, thanks for sharing the latest adventure! I could totally picture the sky up there by your discription. It's been nearly a year since my last trip, gonna have to try and find the time to get back up there soon! And congrats on your sighting, sounds like the mountain truly rewarded you for your long trek!
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