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Old Jan 3, 2011, 8:05 AM   #1
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Default Christmas Hike #2 - Roan Mountain

Another family & friends hike over the Christmas vacation - this time up to Roan Mountain. Roan is right on the Tennessee/North Carorilna border, with several open grassy balds that make for excellent views. It's also a popular hiking spot - including the Appalachian trail and several others. There had been deep snow across the mountain, with some drifts of at least 2-3 feet. By the time we got there, the snow was just patchy, but there were still some fine deep places to sink in!
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Old Jan 3, 2011, 8:07 AM   #2
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It's a rare gift to get a clear day on the Roan - usually the great views are obscured by wind-whipped fog. We were blessed on our Christmas hike with clear weather, with plenty of wind!
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It's amazing how much life does survive, and even thrive, in these rigorous conditions.
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Roan is also "home" to some amazing geology - a great place to "read" the landscape of mountain-building.
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And to "read" the ever-changing "snowscapes" as well.
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Old Jan 3, 2011, 8:15 AM   #6
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We all had a great, cold time hiking (and falling into) the snowy landscape! Hope you enjoyed this mountain hike too!

Thanks for any comments, critique & suggestions)

PS - will share one more of our Christmas hikes soon...
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Awesome views, great shots!
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beautiful landscapes! thanks for sharing these
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Mole, I have wanted to visit the southern balds for years, and more than any other, Roan Mountain is the one I have read glowing descriptions. I've seen quite a few photos of that particular bald, but they have almost all been photos taken in the summer. Thank you again for including us on your hikes into the beautiful high country.
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More wonderful pictures of what seems to be such a magical place. Some day I'd love to go wandering with you to these wild spots.
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