Yep. According to the website, it is America's #1 motorcycle and sports car road with 318 sharp curves in 11 miles. There were hundreds of motorcycles on the road with us, and photographers at every other curve taking pictures of them. The road was crazy (and we took a different route back), but I have to admit...I feel kind of proud that we "conquered" it. Apparently that's a big deal! We even saw a church in the town after that stretch of road that said, "Dragon Slayers welcome!" I'm not sure if we count at Dragon Slayers though since we were in a 4-door sedan ;)
Now...on to the rafting pictures! We took one of those disposable waterproof cameras, and I'm so glad we did. Here we are right before getting into the water for the first time, all excited.The Nantahala is a freezing river, so I opted for the wetsuit :)
And here is right after:
Way to go, Seth! I, on the other hand, did NOT hit it right on the mark. I was doing fine until this jerk in a kayak came up to me right before the waterfall and said, "Good luck...you know 1 in 4 ducks [the individual kayak/rafts we were in] flip on that waterfall." Of course I flew into a panic and paddled over to the side to freak out / contemplate if I should go down or not. I decided to do it, but pulling over threw me off course and I couldn't straighten up in time for the waterfall. So....I headed towards the waterfall BACKWARDS. My duck turned a little to the side just in time for me to see what I was in for:
Heh heh :) Its funny now, but at the time I was terrified! I ended up making it down the falls just fine...I didn't flip or anything:
What a relief! Here we are the bridge over the river before heading home:
Our hands were sore from paddling and we were exhausted, but the whole experience was so exhilarating and I can't wait to do it again next year.