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10 Mile Hike through GrayBeard Trail (North Carolina)

10 Mile Hike through GrayBeard Trail (North Carolina)

Graybeard Trail (North Carolina)

Due to various things, my husband and I are doing quite a bit of traveling over the next few months.  Before we leave for another trip this weekend, I wanted it to blog about our car buying trip down over Labor Day weekend.

Last week, we drove down to Winston-Salem to look at a new (used) car.  As most people know, my husband is fixing a 1987 944 Porche.  What I don’t post much of, is he also has a collector 1989 BMW 328.  Together with my car, it makes up our three daily drivers.  Both of the 80s vehicles are fun, but when you have two daily drivers that are coming up on 30 years old, things break…a lot.  It’s never anything he can’t handle (he’s rebuilt the transmission, done things to engine…hell if I know), but regardless between the 3 vehicles, there are never 2 continuously reliable cars in the household.

As you can guess, my husband is very much into cars so he knew exactly what he wanted.  Sadly, the closest vehicle was in Winston-Salem so that’s where we went.  We had no issues with Flow BMW, purchased the 2015 228i (manual) and it was shipped back to our house in less than a week.bmw 228 i

Honestly, it’s whatever he wanted.  He has supported me for random things and I want to buy and I can only do the same.


All of that being said, it led to a fun road trip to North Carolina.  Heck, we were almost back in Alabama!

Anyway, while down there we decided to go for a hike on the Graybeard trail.  To be honest, the Graybeard Trail was one of my favorite trails to date.  We got lost a couple of time and went off the beaten path, so it was about 10 miles round trip for us.  We stopped at the falls, as well as the “Walkers Knob,” which I thought was called “Walkers Nook”…ha.

We had never hiked the Blue Ridge Mountains before, but we are hoping to get back there again.

To get to Graybeard Trailhead from the parking lot, you’ll cross a wooden bridge over a creek. The Graybeard Trail starts here. Along the way you’ll see small waterfalls, Graybeard falls.

After that, you’ll begin climbing Graybeard mountain. After about 1.5 miles of hiking Graybeard Trail, it gets steep. When you see the sign of the “Walker Knob Shelter,” take a detour to Walker knob. There and back only adds about 15 minutes but worth the magnificent view.

After you get back on the Graybeard Trail, the Graybeard Mountain Trail Summit is just over a mile of VERY steep climbing. This section of trail is one of the toughest parts of Graybeard Trail.

After a scramble, you’ll make it the summit. At the Summit of Greybeard, an amazing view of Mount Mitchell, a view of the black mountains and Craggie Mountains, and several other 6,000-foot-plus peaks. The summit of Graybeard Mountain is one of the best views in the country.

On the way back down Graybeard Trail, you have two options:

  • Take the way you came (this is much easier and what we did)
  • Make a long, steep loop by combining the West Ridge Trail to the Big Piney Ridge Trail

Here are a few photos from the Graybeard Trail but if you ever get down to the Asheville area, I recommend it.  It took us about 5.5 hours to do the entire 10 miles.

graybeard trail asheville nc

graybeard trail asheville nc

At the top.  I can truly say the view on Graybeard Trail was one of the best I’ve ever seen. 

graybeard trail asheville nc

I hope one day to go back and hike the Graybeard Trail again.

Other hikes we’ve done:

California:
Hiking the Hollywood Sign (LA)

New York:
Getting Lost at Bear Mountain (Part 2)

New Jersey:
Sunfish Pond
Seeing a Bear at Sunfish Pond
Hiking the Stairway to Heaven
Hiking Hemlock Falls

Questions for you:

What is your favorite type of car?

Where is your favorite hike?

 

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Landmark Diner (Charlotte, NC)

Landmark Diner (Charlotte, NC)

Landmark Diner (Charlotte, NC)

While traveling through Charlotte, my husband and I chose to stop at the Landmark Diner. It’s been on a Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives so we figured it must be good. We got there around 7 pm, and the hostess told us there was a 25-minute wait. We were surprised but thought it must be good.

As we were waiting, the hostess rudely told multiple customers they needed to wait outside. Then she couldn’t remember or find the people she was looking for. For the 25 minutes we waited, we noticed multiple tables that weren’t being used and were perfectly clean. Needless to say, we started off on the wrong foot.

Landmark Diner (Charlotte) Atmosphere: C
The atmosphere of the Landmark Diner is outdated. They could use a makeover. It’s a big, boring building.  The inside of the Landmark Diner has plenty of booths, tables, and a length bar.

Landmark Diner (Charlotte) Service: F
I will preface this by saying our waitress was extremely friendly. She clearly had too many tables, but she took great care of us.

I can’t overlook how rude the hostess was at the Landmark Diner. She threw our menus on the table, told guests they needed to wait outside and couldn’t care less. Unforatetely, the hostess, is the first person we saw, and we watched her for close to half an hour.

The food in the kitchen also took almost an hour to come out. We saw multiple larger parties receive their food much quicker. By the time we received our food, we had been in the Landmark Diner for nearly 90 minutes.  With the exception of our actual waitress, it was by far one of the worst experiences I’ve had while dining out.

Landmark Diner (Charlotte) Coffee: A
The coffee at the Landmark Diner was good. There was nothing unusual about it, but it was often refilled and always warm.  It took a while to come out, but once it arrived, it was good.

Landmark diner charlotte

Landmark Diner (Charlotte) Food: C
After waiting about an hour for our food, I had no idea what to expect. The Landmark Diner menu has every stereotypical diner menu option you could imagine. I wanted to order the roasted leg of lamb, but they were out. I decided to go with their land and sea special. It came with 10 ounces of steak and shrimp.

The steak was good for a diner and seasoned well. Sometimes diner steak can be hit and miss.  The side of shrimp side was just as good. It was well seasoned with just a touch of old bay seasoning.

Landmark diner charlotte

The sides at the Landmark Diner, however, were dry and stale. The sweet potatoes were doused in butter, and the French fries and onion rings were cold. Landmark diner charlotte

I liked the main entree but left the fries.

Landmark Diner (Charlotte) Dessert: B
While waiting to be seated, we had stared at the dessert for 30 minutes beforehand, and I knew I wanted the red velvet cake. We ordered the red velvet cake with vanilla ice cream. Like the mean, the main component (red velvet cake) was delicious. There was plenty of frosting, and the cake itself was moist. The ice cream, however, had freezer burn.

Landmark diner charlotte

Landmark Diner (Charlotte) Price: $$
For the coffee, meal, cake and ice cream the cost was $28.

Overall thoughts/Would I come back to the Landmark Diner (Charlotte)?
The food at the Landmark Diner was decent but I was so turned off by the hostess attitude as well as the lengthy wait, I probably won’t be back.

Summary:
Atmosphere: C
Service: F
Coffee: C
Food: C
Dessert: B
Price: $15-25
Overall: C

You can see all of the diner reviews here.

Questions for you:
Have you ever had a rude hostess or be asked to wait outside?
What’s the longest you’ve waited at a restaurant?

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