I spent the week between Christmas and New Years up in Highlands, NC, where it rained almost non-stop. On the one day that the sun appeared I went out on the road to see what effect the deluge had on the nearby rivers and waterfalls. The scenic Tuckasegee River winds alongside Highway 107 between Glenville and Cullowhee, and this day it was 5 – 6 feet higher than usual and raging like the Colorado. At a few spots I saw ordinarily-dry pasture land underwater. That’s the Tuckasegee above. From there I drove over to Franklin and then back up Highway 64, alongside the Cullasaja River, returning to Highlands. See video (click HD below for highest quality):
On my way home to Tampa, I decided to take a different route: through Athens, to avoid the perpetual traffic nightmare of Atlanta. Just outside Gray, Georgia I stopped at Old Clinton BBQ for lunch. Roy and Mittie “Lady” Coulter opened Old Clinton in 1958. It’s still owned and operated by the Coulter and (their extended) Michaud Family. I had the Pork Plate with Brunswick Stew. The pork is finely-chopped and Old Clinton’s proprietary sauce is a thin but savory vinegar-based sauce. It was all very tasty, but my favorite thing at Old Clinton was the sweet, moist, home-made Key Lime Cake!