This picture was taken three days later at Maggie Valley.
Bob and I thought we had seen the last of snow storms when we left MN. We were proved wrong much sooner then we expected. On Tuesday we drove through our first mountain blizzard.
On Tuesday morning we took off for a two hour trip north to Bryson City NC. We had heard there was a cold front coming in but were not at all concerned. One important thing to remember is in this area in a few miles you can go from 1000 ft to 5000 ft altitude and it makes an incredible difference in what is happening in the weather. We were not more then an hour from home near Ashville NC when the snow started. The cloud would go away, we would desend a 1000 ft and all was clear and then it repeated again. When we drove another 30 minutes we were at a much higher altitude and the snow was near white out conditions. They have no plows, no salting the road and people are not used to the icy wet road. I was driving very slow. Soon it quit and the sun came out however there was several inches of snow accumulation where we were and another 30 miles away at the mountain pass going to Gatlinenberg TN the road was closed for more then 24 hours. All they can do is wait for the snow to melt. Quite an experience.
The last 10 miles into Cherokee NC was when we were coming down the mountain. How steep was it, how many curves were there in the road? Let’s just say for 10 miles I never put my foot on the gas pedal and road the breaks all they way down. Bob, the passenger, now understands why I call these white knuckle rides. It is much harder being a passenger then driving because you have no control.