Sometimes I forget that Dutch Creek doesn't end at the Mast General Store Annex, but instead parallels the Valle Crucis Park meandering on a journey through the Valle until it empties into the Watauga River. I don't recommend this adventure because not only is it private property, but even in winter, the flood plain/field is filled with ankle-twisting holes and skin tearing thorns. I did not come out my recent trek unscathed. And, I shudder to think of the snakes that slither through this marshy area home in spring. Stick to the banks of the nearby Watauga River where it is just a scenic and safe. The Valle Crucis park offers public access.
I am likely the only person in the High Country (besides the skiers) hoping for a extra large dump of snow early next week. Yet I am specific. I want heavy snow followed by a day of blue skies and warm temperatures as it is the weather combination which yields the most sought after images. <Keeping my fingers crossed>
*And I hope to see you through the viewfinder at the double-header Appalachian basketball game this afternoon.