Time to answer a few reader questions -
Well, we are losing a lot of it. We had a stretch of warm weather the last several days along with some rain (can you believe it – rain – not even frozen), and a good bit of our snow has disappeared. Have no fear – we are supposed to get more this weekend and still have plenty on the ground in places.
Sagira asked, “Do you guys ever have any flooding issues with the snow melting to fast?”
The area around us often has a lot of flooding from melting snow, but we are fortunate that we do not have to worry about that where we live on the top of a mountain. By the way, one of the interesting facts about where we live is that our county is one of the few in the U.S. where every single body of water in our county STARTS within our county. Yep, there is absolutely no water that flows from another county INTO our county. No creek, river, etc. They all flow out. Think about that one a little and you realize how unusual that is.
Norwood (or Nordude or Nordolph) asked, “Do you still walk the trails- do they get groomed or do you just follow the roads now?”
Many of our favorite trails are inaccessible this time of year without snowshoes and a willingness to walk many miles to the trail heads (because so many roads are closed). We tend to stick to our most common trails this time of year.
Sierra Rose asked, “What’s the elevation there in Maggie Valley?”
The town of Maggie Valley itself sits at just over 3,000 feet (914m), but we live on one of the mountains above Maggie Valley at 4,500 feet (1372m), which explains why the 2.5 mile (4km) road pictured above is so much fun – steep and winding.
Keep the questions coming!