TwoFeathersATL
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July 21st, 2015 at 11:38:20 AM permalink
OK, I got to go to the sinful casino again. I've been on probation (imprisoned) for a couple of months by the wife. I lost some serious money, by our net worth value, earlier this year so I'm in the red. Oh, the waterfall in the post title? First things first. I was celebrating with my wife a wedding anniversary (#14), a new record for me. I should have taken her to the islands, flew 1st class, got the premium treatment, etc. But as I mentioned earlier, I'm in the red for the year. And Harrahs Cherokee is a nice little place within driving distance, and they were offering me a free room (imagine that, and remember I'm in the red for the year). This little casino happens to be in the middle of a really nice mountainous area, area gets plentiful rainfall each year, views are stunning in just about every direction ( and they were offering me a free room, I guess cause they just like me ). I should mention that I had a nice pile of Rewards Credits and several Free Cash offers that just happened to coincide with this particular weekend ;-)

So on Friday afternoon I load up the kid's kayaks, and the kid's bikes, and the kid's other stuff that I can take to the in-laws up at the lake and leave it all there ( including the kids ). There was a little room left for a suitcase each for the wife ( will refer to her as 'Angel' from here on, 'the wife' is not complimentary enough ) and myself, some hiking gear, a small cooler, etc (barely).
Off to Harrahs Cherokee. ...to be continued.
Youuuuuu MIGHT be a 'rascal' if.......(nevermind ;-)...2F
TwoFeathersATL
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July 21st, 2015 at 1:29:40 PM permalink
So we are off to Harrahs Cherokee. Ate some fast food along the way, checked in around 2130 (9:30 PM), settled into room briefly, and headed for Diamond lounge. I am playing at mid-Diamond level, Angel has never been here before. Ate some decent meatballs, veggies, deserts and back to room. Angel doesn't like the casino. She doesn't gamble, and is really sensitive to smoke. We did cruise by the BJ tables so I could look for players/dealers/supervisors I'm familiar with. Only one hit, supervisor that I'm thinking I don't like too much, probably my fault, not his. On to room and lingerie show. Yes, I look good in lingerie. I could tell Angel didn't want me to leave her alone so I didn't. No Blackjack tonight, started to type BJ for short, worried about the reader's little minds.

Sat morning, 0700 I'm up and need coffee. Made some with the little maker in the room and headed out to explore a little (and smoke, yes I smoke, coffee and smoke go together). There were Fisherman's in the creek/river and some had some nice stringers of trout. I did not bring my gear ( Angel doesn't gamble, Angel doesn't fish ). So I get back to the room and Angel has my day all planned out. Off we go to some waterfall that's still within the Tribal territory, long funny ride when we thought we were lost at least half the time. Short walk to falls, very pretty. Then back on road and up to Blue-ridge Pkwy to another waterfall, little walk from the road. BTW, there are at least 13 named waterfalls and a couple UN-named, and some mountains (named and unnamed) that we visited. I will fill in the names later, I have begun to have a hard time with names, but Angel has them all! Then off the Parkway and into Dillsboro for lunch at Haywards BBQ (sp).

Now that is not correct. I messed up. We did go to two waterfalls (names later), ate lunch in Dillsboro ( significant place in my family history) but the order of things is wrong. Also hiked to the top of Waterrock Knob on the Parkway, 360 degree views, bought a couple books at the REALLY nice visitor center, and proceeded. Proceeded to go check out 3 waterfalls in the 'Deep Creek' area, which turned out to be just inside the Great Smokey Mountain National Park. Wow! Hundreds, maybe thousands, of tubers walking up the same trail with us headed toward the waterfalls. Looked like a scene about some tuby looking aliens on their way to the dinner line. I took pictures and video here, and everywhere mentioned in this TR. Anyway, 5 falls, one mountaintop, lots of scenic lookouts, some BBQ and Angel is OK with us returning back to Harrahs, returning along the tuckaseigee river (another significant spot in my past).

Showers, buffet via rewards credits, another lingerie show, did I mention that I look better in lingerie than out of it? The buffet is pretty good I think, but I cannot compare with casino buffets elsewhere due to my limited exposure. Angel did not want to be left alone, she doesn't gamble, I didn't gamble either Sat night. I grumbled a little, but only to myself. To be continued...
Youuuuuu MIGHT be a 'rascal' if.......(nevermind ;-)...2F
odiousgambit
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July 21st, 2015 at 1:46:18 PM permalink
wow, you must have really screwed up. On the other hand, you really are an expert on the waterfalls now. Can't put a price on that!

I think this was you [so far?]:

the next time Dame Fortune toys with your heart, your soul and your wallet, raise your glass and praise her thus: “Thanks for nothing, you cold-hearted, evil, damnable, nefarious, low-life, malicious monster from Hell!” She is, after all, stone deaf. ... Arnold Snyder
TwoFeathersATL
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July 21st, 2015 at 1:56:42 PM permalink
Quote: odiousgambit

wow, you must have really screwed up. On the other hand, you really are an expert on the waterfalls now. Can't put a price on that!

I think this was you [so far?]:



Not a bad pictorial, good for you. But I think you missed the point.
I'm a rascal, she is an Angel.
I spend way, wayyyy, too much time thinking about what I want.
Angel thinks way too much time thinking about what I want.
I'm blessed, she is an Angel, you'll just have to take my word for it (remember I'm a rascal when you consider ''my word').
Youuuuuu MIGHT be a 'rascal' if.......(nevermind ;-)...2F
TwoFeathersATL
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July 21st, 2015 at 3:11:51 PM permalink
Sunday morning was a replay of Sat morning above, again starting about 0700.
I return to room, perky Angel is up, and on the laptop, and again has my day all laid out.
Many hours later I am scheduled to get laid, but first:
Drive an hour or more (back toward home first, then a sharp left) on Hwy 28 toward Highlands NC.
Funky road, been 25 years since I drove it last. Goes up into Cullasagee gorge (sp).
Cullasgee Falls is first, beautiful but foliage in the way (I have better pics from 25 yrs ago ),
Then the Cascade, then Quarry Falls, then Dry Falls, then Bridal Veil falls. All very cool, especially Dry Falls.
This is a road that 15 MPH takes your life into your own hands regularly, frequently, and you pray anyone you meet knows what they are doing as well.
Then thru Highlands NC, should have bought there 30 years ago, and on toward Cashiers NC.
But a stop to hike up Whiteside Mtn first. Took 1.5 hours, was strenuous overall, but beautiful.
Then back towards Cashiers, into actually, hard right and 8 mile out to another falls.
This only 10 min walk to, nice falls, well proportioned teenage girls sunning at base of falls, got pics.
Back to Cashiers, 90 degree right on something (SR 107), no that was the last one..?.
Headed towards Saphire and Lake Toxaway somewhere a few miles you turn right to go to Whitewater falls, another 8 miles that way, 8 miles back.
Whitewater Falls, at 411 ft is the longest falls east of the Rocky Mtns. Very pretty, short walk, but not close to falls themselves. Great view from a distance. 20 years or so ago you could walk to the top of the falls, fence there now. Angel doesn't like jumping fences into prohibited territory (was a 1 mile hike or so, back when you could hike or so).
Stopped by 'The Gorges' State park in NC nearby, but didn't hike to the 2 waterfalls there. Angel said, I've had enough, so back to Cherokee thru several small towns, and eventually the freeway.
To be continued
Youuuuuu MIGHT be a 'rascal' if.......(nevermind ;-)...2F
nickolay411
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July 21st, 2015 at 4:31:50 PM permalink
This is painful to read. And I don't mean the writing.
Doc
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July 21st, 2015 at 4:36:52 PM permalink
I was going to post that I just missed you, since I will be there tomorrow night, but from what you've posted so far, I don't know that I would have seen you. I'm not sure you were at Harrah's except for the lingerie shows.
RaleighCraps
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July 21st, 2015 at 5:16:16 PM permalink
Darn 2F. Had I known you and Angel were going to spend that much time out of the casino, my wife and I could have joined you. I had no idea so many waterfalls were in the area.
Always borrow money from a pessimist; They don't expect to get paid back ! Be yourself and speak your thoughts. Those who matter won't mind, and those that mind, don't matter!
odiousgambit
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July 21st, 2015 at 5:24:50 PM permalink
Quote: TwoFeathersATL

I think you missed the point.



OK, well, you might ask yourself "why would somebody miss the point?" A guy participating heavily in a gambling website goes to Harrah's Cherokee and wants to file a trip report that is all about waterfalls. A guy like myself might think you were injecting some humor about his wife exacting a price for a screw-up, assuming you actually wanted to gamble. I even allowed myself to think maybe calling your wife 'angel' was part of the humor.

Well, OK, if you say you really wanted to see the waterfalls and that's all, then that's the deal. We await the continuation.
the next time Dame Fortune toys with your heart, your soul and your wallet, raise your glass and praise her thus: “Thanks for nothing, you cold-hearted, evil, damnable, nefarious, low-life, malicious monster from Hell!” She is, after all, stone deaf. ... Arnold Snyder
nickolay411
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July 21st, 2015 at 5:37:52 PM permalink
Quote: odiousgambit

OK, well, you might ask yourself "why would somebody miss the point?" A guy participating heavily in a gambling website goes to Harrah's Cherokee and wants to file a trip report that is all about waterfalls. A guy like myself might think you were injecting some humor about his wife exacting a price for a screw-up, assuming you actually wanted to gamble. I even allowed myself to think maybe calling your wife 'angel' was part of the humor.

Well, OK, if you say you really wanted to see the waterfalls and that's all, then that's the deal. We await the continuation.



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