Linville Gorge Trail
steep hike down to the car was over quickly. We drove down the road
to the parking area for the Spence Ridge Trail. Several Forest Service
Brush Fire trucks passed us along the way. The parking lot was full
of vans and Forest Service Trucks when we arrived.
Firefighting tools were strewn about the ground near one of the
vans. This must be the place! Before we could leave the car for
Spence Ridge Trail, a Firefighter stopped his truck.
backing his truck up very quickly, the fire fighter approached us
in hurried manner. His biggest concern was for our safety. Many
casual tourists have wandered to their death in conditions similar
to these. A sudden shift in the wind can bring deadly clouds of
smoke, without warning. He was polite and firm, so we left the area
without a complaint. After all, the photos that we shot that day
were good enough.
Firefighter/Bouncer at the Spence Ridge Trailhead
will return when the fire is under control. Look for some
photos of the fire damage in the upcoming weeks.
helicopter releases another load beneath Table Rock
two hours of our arrival on the summit, smoke obscured the view
of Table Rock