It was just a little over a week before "release day" for ENDLESS NIGHT when I escaped into the wilderness for a couple days...out of internet range. Gasp! I went to Lake Lure, North Carolina which many may not realize (myself included) was the film location for Dirty Dancing. The cabin I rented even came with a complimentary Dirty Dancing DVD which I absolutely had to watch. Something about the atmosphere in this charming area brought that whole movie back, and even as you sit there listening to corny lines like, "I carried a watermelon" and the famous, "Nobody puts Baby in a corner." I smiled like a school girl. So, pretty much that inane smile stayed glued on my face the whole time.
Above you will see just one set of steps I climbed to get to Chimney Rock's peak. I have now been home two days and my legs are still on the mend. Below you will find a picture of the peak, and note that flimsy little staircase to reach it. Fortunately as I was climbing those stairs I was not viewing them from this angle or I would have started panicking.
But the view from the top was worth it, and again a smile lit up my face. Or it could have also been the 70mph winds blowing my cheeks back.
After braving the hike to the top, did I call it a triumph and stop? No. I then took yet another 45 minute trail to reach the falls below. These waterfalls were used in a scene from Last of the Mohicans. There's something about walking through the woods and hearing the powerful sound of water nearby, but not seeing it. And then suddenly you emerge from your 45 minute hike to see a splendid view like this. Of course down below you'll find that I am crouching because the legs are starting to betray me. Cursed legs!
And just when you thought I couldn't possibly exert more physical effort, I kayaked about a five mile round trip because I was looking for the steps where Jennifer Grey dances to Wipeout. Fortunately you don't see any pictures of me reenacting that scene. Funny enough, they actually have boat tours there to reenact the "jump" scene in the lake.
All in all, it was a wonderful trip and I would definitely go back there. It brings back the charm of a different era.
I guess you can say, "I had the time of my life." :)