Kariâ€™s & Rob
Ceremony 6:30 pm June 23rd
THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK
A Wondrous Diversity of Life Ridge upon ridge of forest straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. World renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, this is America’s most visited national park.
WHITE WATER RAFTING
MOUNTAIN BIKING This is our favorite place to ride! Let us know if you are interested in going and we’ll look into group rates. We will probably be out most everyday, weather permitting.
On Friday we will be rafting the Nantahala River. The cost is $34.99/person for half-day (4hrs) guide-assisted or $44.99/person for guided trips. Both guide-assisted and guided rafts can be in the same group, so chose which ever you would feel most comfortable. This is a class II-III river, with an age restriction of 7yrs. It is a good option for anyone who has never been rafting before, but fun enough for those who have!
FLOAT OR KAYAK DOWN THE RIVER For chilling thrills on a summer afternoon nothing beats floating down the rapids of a cool mountain
stream on a giant inner tube. And the Smokies offer several great places for family tubing, including the Oconaluftee River in Cherokee, Deep Creek near Bryson City and the Tuckasegee River. http://www.cherokeesmokies.com/rafting_tubing. php
BILTMORE Great news for anyone interested on visiting the Biltmore on Wednesday! Kari’s uncle has gotten us a discounted rate of $40/person for full-day access to the whole property. We will have the vouchers, so let me know if you are interested in going. Completed in 1895, George Vanderbilt’s 250room chateau is as impressive today as it was more
than a century ago. Biltmore House is truly an architectural and historical wonder.
HIGHLANDS WATERFALLS Highlands is a cute little town located up in the mountains of Nantahala National Park and has many antique dealers, restaurants, shops, and inns, as well as several buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. There are many day hikes to gorgeous waterfalls in the surrounding area. http://www.greatsmokies.com/waterfalls.html Plan for a full afternoon. There will be car-pooling, so please let us know if you need a ride/have room for extra people in your car!
OTHER ACTIVITIES For more information on: Bryson City, NC; Fontana Lake; Hiking; Horseback Riding; Train Rides; Nantahala Outdoor Center; Smoky Mountains National Park http://smokiesweddingvacation.com/activities We will be making reservations for the number of people who have indicated they would like to go on our online RSVP form. If your plans have changed or you have not RSVP’d, just respond to this e-mail to let us know.
COMMUNICATION Cell phone coverage is unreliable in the cabins. We will have internet access and will still be
checking our phones periodically, so here’s our info for easy reference: Rob: 704-794-2308 firstname.lastname@example.org Kari: 704-677-2382 email@example.com Use our online calendar as a reference for what we may be planning each day, but keep in mind that it is always subject to change. Feel free to call/email/stop by our cabin at any time. We will be coming and going all day, and do various activities. If you have any questions, please respond to this email.
We can’t wait to spend time with you!
IT’S AN ADVENTURE
JUST GETTING HERE!
ALMOND POST OFFICE
1940 NC Highway 28 N, Almond, NC 28702-9603. The cabins are up the hill and the entrance is directly across the street from the post office. The code box is to the left of the gate, and we will have signs posted leading you from there.
The code to get through the gate is #3154.
DIRECTIONS TO OUR CABIN When you turn on Hwy 28N you will cross over the Nantahala River where it runs into Fontana Lake. After the bridge, look for left-turning lanes and you are going to take the third one. It is about a mile or so and you will see the Freeman’s Hotel & Cottages, Almond Post Office, and Turkey Creek Campground on the right. Directly across the street will be a street called Round Top Rd. Turn left here (this is the aforementioned third left turn deceleration lan). Note your odometer reading for reference and head up Round Top Rd for about 2.2 miles to the cabin. There will be some intersections so follow these directions: Go through the security gate with the gate code #3154 and remember to press the pound key first (if problems arise, you may dial the alphabetical directory to “Watershed-Night” and it will try to reach someone) Immediately after the gate, stay to the right, as there is a paved driveway on the left that is private with house numbers At 6/10 mi you will pass a left turn (Freeman Overlook). Keep going straight and up the mountain. At 9/10 mi see a right turn that is level (Upper Turkey Branch Rd), but you want to instead go uphill u-turn to the left. At 1.1 miles there is a fork in the road (West Round Top), stay left on Round Top Rd. At 1.5 miles you will pass a street on the right for Bee Gum Ridge and then immediately one on the left (Shiner’s Ridge). You keep following Round Top Rd going forward and around to the right even though it appears you are heading downhill. Pass Musket on the left and then watch for the next street on the right. Take this fork up to the right called DOUBLETREE LANE. Keep going until you pass Birch Street, soon thereafter you will see our cabins on the hill up to the right (except when foliage is very dense). Do NOT try to go up the steep gravel driveway. Instead, stay on the pavement until it ends, then follow the gravel around and back to the cabin. Once on the gravel road take the first turn WIDE, then you will pass one driveway on your right (a future construction site). Here you will see boulders separating our land from a US Forest Service trail…. Great for hiking and biking.
Fontana View 3 is the first cabin on the left (3 level cabin with green tin roof). Fontana View2 is the second cabin (brown tin roof) and Fontana View1 is the final, smaller cabin (bright red tin roof). Park at your convenience at your cabin. This gravel road leads back down to the pavement for exit.
Sat, June 23, 6: 00 pm
Watershed Cabins Fontana View 3 Plan for a casual ceremony followed by North Carolina BBQ! Dress however you are most comfortable. Average temperature here this time of year is 80 degrees, with a low around 60. Dogs and well-trained cats welcome!