I’ve been out and about enough to have material for a second pic post, so here we go again. When I got to North Carolina I decided to start east and work west, so my first hangout was Winston-Salem. Since then I’ve spent time in Lexington (just south of Winston-Salem), Conover/Hickory and Asheville. They’re all smaller places than Winston-Salem, which is a proper city. Asheville thinks of itself as a mini-metropolis but that’s bollocks, mate. It’s clear that many of its streets were once mule paths that subsequently got paved over — when they shoulda oughta have stayed mule paths given the amount of up and down involved. But let us not cavil …
There’s method to my madness: access to the countryside. It’s been great to be out in open country within 10 minutes of leaving town. I have no plans to spend any more time in cities for the remainder of the trip and wish I’d made that the golden rule before I planned the time in the two cities I’ve visited. But oh well … life goes on and we learn from our mistakes, don’t we. Of course we do.
It occurred to me as I went through the pics that this batch will probably be the last general pic post for the trip because there’s only so many pics of Nature that I can shove your way before your eyes glaze over and you nod off or head outside for a puff. So I’ve chosen carefully and will make this my last and best shot at purveying the beauties of North Carolina in its more mountainous regions. I never tire of wandering about in the woods and looking at the hills, but I’m not looking at somebody else’s vacation pics, am I lol. So here we go, one more batch and then that’s it, my lips are sealed and the other pics I take in North Carolina are all for my eyes only.
Lake Thom-a-Lex near Lexington, NC
The lake is another reservoir, not a naturally occurring lake. There are so few natural lakes in the Piedmont of North Carolina I always assume a body of water called the “L” word is the result of a dam rather than an act of God. Most people don’t care, of course. They’re just after the sight of water or — even more often — an opportunity to go fishing or boating. The name “Thom-a-Lex” is a dead giveaway that the lake is not natural since the name is a confabulation made from the names of Lexington and Thomasville, the two towns nearest to the lake. Apparently it’s a great favorite for bass fishing. I would no more be able to identify a bass for you than fly to the moon. I was just after the scenery and a walk in the woods, which turned out to be great. It’s a lovely spot and the forest is a delight. I saw a few good ol’ boys out on the water with their fishing poles, but the place was deserted for the most part so I came across very few people as I walked the Nature Trail along the edge of the water. Without further ado, to the pics: