David’s Days Off

Although David’s first day off this week was cold and wet, we wanted to go to Sunburst Falls. We suspected the water flow would be greater than usual, because of rain a few hours before. We were correct. In addition, there was a lot of ice covering the fast-moving water. We took photos in the snowy rain and ran back to the car, where John was waiting for us with the heater on.

Sunburst Falls, iced

David’s choice was to wander around Biltmore Village that afternoon. We were driving down the mountain from the waterfall when Burger King called. They were busy and needed help. We were happy to postpone our outing so that he could work extra hours.

The next day David was researching a place for us to have lunch. Among the restaurant listings was his Burger King. Have you ever wondered how recent an on-line restaurant photo is? He was surprised that the picture showed his last general manager and a customer that he recognized. The photo must have been between six months and two years old.

We decided to go to Bogart’s, a favorite we hadn’t been to in a while. On the way home, we stopped by Jonathan Creek to see how high the water was. I took a photo of David and the creek to show John, who had gone to Tennessee to work on train tracks. The rocks that we use for judging the height of the water were all submerged.

David looking at high water at Jonathan Creek

This morning I walked to the creek by myself. I saw nothing unusual until I looked at the mountains near the ski area. There was a band of rime ice that did not cover the peaks. Rime ice is formed when there are fog, wind, and freezing temperatures. The frozen fog has a lot of air in it, so the ice appears white rather than transparent. Today the peaks were not covered, something I had not seen before. Evidently, the conditions were perfect for rime ice in that lower band but not higher up. David was interested in seeing the picture before he went to work. We are still fascinated by this white ice that we never saw in New York.

24 thoughts on “David’s Days Off

  1. Some lovely waterfalls you saw on David’s day off. That is a good question – how recent an online restaurant photo is. Sometimes restaurants, especially the smaller ones, are so much more focused on prepping good food than worrying about their online presence 🙂 Sounds like it is cold in your part of the world. Take care.

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    1. I’m always amazed that a restaurant that has been closed for months still has an active web site.

      We live in the mountains of North Carolina, so our weather is cooler than other places in the South. There have been several cold snaps this winter. That’s fine with me, because I love winter. From what you wrote on your blog, you like just the opposite. You are welcome to summer, and I’d give you mine if I could.

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  2. Anne
    I enjoyed the picture of the bulging creek and the icy waterfall. The great plus was the partially rime ice covered mountain- what amazing things you noted.
    Glad you are warm.
    Susie

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    1. Have you been to Biltmore before? We enjoy it and have annual passes. It’s a bit pricey, but the cost is lowest at this time of the year. Would your hip protest at walking and doing lots of stairs? The self-guided tour goes to the third floor and into the basement.

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