Today we drove from good old Reading, OH to Flat Rock, NC. The drive was pretty uneventful, except for the fact that there was a decent amount of snow on some of the mountain passes in Tennessee. Yes, snow. Gulp.
When we got to Flat Rock, we checked into our hotel. Nothing fancy, but itc's clean and it seems like there may be a good breakfast in the morning.
After checking in, we headed out to Flat Rock's main attraction, the Carl Sandburg. Originally built in the 1830's by a wealthy southern gent from Charleston, in the 1940s the property became home to Carl Sandburg, the Pulitzer Prize winning poet. The house was set on a hill overlooking beatiful pastureland, a scenic pond and picturesque views of the very mountains we will soon be hiking. Our favorite part of the estate by far was the goat barn. It turns out Mrs. Sandburg was an award winning goat breeder, and the park service has maintained the herd to this very day. Ever since we lived in rural Jamaica, Heidi and I have loved goats and we hope to have a few of our own one day.
After touring the home, we enjoyed a delicious dinner and are now back at the hotel settling in for the night. Tomorrow morning, we hit the trail... finally! Hopefully I will provide some short updates from the trail, otherwise look to here from us Thursday or Friday night!