The Blue Ridge Mountains that surround Asheville offer a rich variety of history, nature and adventure—all within a short drive and ideal for a day trip from the city.
Shakespeare is staring at me. The cleverly named barred owl is perched on the leather glove of Grandfather Mountain 's head naturalist. It's as if the bird knows I mistakenly thought a mourning dove cooing was an owl hooting this morning—just one of the revelations I've had during this educational presentation. Clearly, Shakespeare doesn't approve of my sad lack of bird-song identification skills. Or maybe he's just surveying the weather? Either way, he seems unimpressed. Half the mountain is shrouded in fog. … read more
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