So with Mark's knee getting better each day, we decided to try an actual hiking trail today, to Cascade Falls at E.B. Jeffries Park, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, in Purlear North Carolina.
Just to the east of Boone, near Deep Gap, you can hop on the Blue Ridge Parkway, making it about 20 minutes from our cabin.
Before the trail was a lookout point on the BRP, so we stopped and I took a panoramic.
At the end of the video, you can just just a trace of Aaliyah, being filmed by her boyfriend, David, who ended up being our hiking buddies - super nice, super fun people :)
However, first, of course, Biggie insisted we take a pic of him with the view ...
Me: "I see what you're doing, you're staying in the middle so as not to get picked off first, smart lol."
David: "Lol, right? I'm not stupid."
Aaliyah: "Okay, but I'm telling your mama" lol.
Me: "Well, I won't be of much help behind you both. Mark will, though, bad knee and all. He seems all mild mannered, but he's a bad ass - he was an Army ranger and actually trained in this territory, he's got you - PLUS - he's got bear spray lol. "
David: "Wait, what was that?"
Me: "Just some 400-lb white man, in a MAGA hat, sitting over there on a log behind the tree, trying to be funny, probably hiding out here from January 6th, nobody's caught him yet lol - now THERE is something we should ALL be scared of LOL"
David: "Hahaha! Didn't you say you all are from Kentucky? What do they think of you all there?"
Me: "Lol, yes. Well, he's originally from Detroit, I grew up in Cincy, but my whole family is from Kentucky, and Kentucky now, yep. Yeah - we're super popular there, as you might imagine *pfft* lol."
Me: " ... AND we don't care lol. Wrong is wrong. We don't go along with wrong, just so people will like us - because it's not just about us, right?"
Good to keep him laughing, more at ease in the woods - he eased up, as we went.
Me: "Why you keep looking up there, what do you think is going to come from there? Bears and mountain lions aren't gonna be up in trees that high, I promise. Are you looking for a pterodactyl or what lol?"
David: "I don't know, a pterodactyl, a dragon, bigfoot, who knows? lol"
Me: "Lol, a dragon. You know what, you've been watching too much Stranger Things, right?
Me: "I promise you, there's no demadogs or Veccna in these mountains or woods lol. Just pretend you're Daniel Boone or Davy Crockett exploring uncharted territory lol.
David: "Yeah, but Daniel Boone had a Kentucky long rifle."
Me: "True, but I'm glad we don't, because I know with as skittish as you are here, you would've already shot any number of innocent birds, deer and rabbits out of season, by now, and probably that MAGA idiot, trying to be funny and scare people, too."
David: "LOL, that's true, I don't like the noises in here."
Me: "But like I say, this trail is too populated for bears or cougars/mountain lions, though. But FYI, bears usually walk up behind you, but Marks's back there with the bear spray."
"If you ever do see a black bear, don't run, don't climb a tree - back away slowly and make yourself seem and big and as loud as you can, but again, this trail is too populated. "
"Grizzly bears - which are only in the west and northwest - if you see one of those, run like hell lol - climb up as high as you can in a tree, they're too heavy to climb."
"Mountain lions are probably hiding way up in the rocks in the day, they're nocturnal, it's too hot for them in the day to hunt, they come out at night"
David: "Let's call them Kens, Kennys" LOL.
Me: "OMG, YES - "Kens," like Barbie and Ken, I LOVE that! Kennys and Karens! Hahaha!"
B: "E TN is lovely, but then you come back into civilization and want to run back into the woods lol."
Me: "Lol, right? It's like, which is scarier - an East Tennessee Trumper or a black bear? I think it's a toss-up."
B: "Lol, well, one is a big, hairy, brutish beast with no respect for human or animal life, and the other is a bear, so ..."
Me: "Haha! Well, except the unborn, don't forget, but then they don't want to/can't pay to help raise it, either - and other white Christian Republican males, of course."