Linville Gorge, Water Falls & Caverns and Asheville

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Upper Falls
Sunday we had a slow start. We packed all 8 of us into the SUV and drove to Linville where we went trekking in Linville Gorge, and Linville Falls. This is a place we saw last year and it's very beautiful. There are upper falls and lower falls and some nice view points and places to sit and reflect. It is possible to trek to the falls and get very close and even look over a spiral drop fall, very cool. Panoramic view is possible when you trek to the top of the canyon wall. Wow very nice.
 
Later we went to Linville Caverns, I haven't been exploring caverns for a while, and you forget how cold it is inside. There was a natural spring in the cavern and a fast flowing little river.
The whole group
 When we were about 600 feet into the cave, they doused the lights and had us stand in total darkness for 3 minutes. Wow, to be lost with no light would be impossible to find a way out! Before the pathway was built, the entire floor of the cavern was uneven and completely covered in water from 6 inches to 18 inches deep. The guide told us a story about some convicts that hid in the cave on a sandbar and were found when they lit a fire in the cave and the smoke rose through cracks to the top of the mountain 2,800 ft up.
 
For dinner we headed for Asheville to Zambra Tapa's and Wine Bar a very nice place. By the time we arrived the kid's were getting restless so Val was very sweet and took two on either side of her and kept them entertained until the food arrived. Mario took the baby and kept him entertained and finally the food arrived. We ordered cheese plate, curry lamb, shrimp croquettes, blueberry lamb dumplings, seasame encrusted scallops, pomegranate glazed spring rolls, grilled steak, and some others that I cannot remember.
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Upper Falls
Upper Falls
The whole group
The whole group
Mediating Mario
Mediating Mario
Me and D
Me and D
Linville River
Linville River
Cute
Cute
Balance
Balance
Hahaha
Hahaha
Donna and Me
Donna and Me
Cavern Entrance
Cavern Entrance
Abby our guide
Abby our guide
Cavern Fireplace
Cavern Fireplace
Claustrophobic???? Nah!!!!!
Claustrophobic???? Nah!!!!!
Zambra
Zambra
Tapas at Zambra
Tapas at Zambra
Linville
photo by: vances