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There's rocky mountains in the Appalachians

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In this edition of Cable Country, Tim journeys to the High Country of Western North Carolina to show that there's rocky mountains in the Appalachians.

Western North Carolina rocks..and David Baskin of The Blowing Rock attraction has a theory about why.

"Well apparently there was a lot of volcanic activity way back when," Baskin told me. 

That helped to put rocky mountains in the Appalachians.

"It is our mountains are a lot older than the Rockies", Grandfather Mountain Executive Director Penn Dameron said. "I think it's practically unique because in the southeastern United States you've got that combination of green trees and grass and rocks. Even in the eastern United States these rock formations are way more dramatic than anything that you would see anywhere else"

One of the most dramatic formations is an outcrop known as The Blowing Rock.

"The attraction is the oldest travel attraction in North Carolina," Baskin said.

It opened in 1933 and was appropriately named thanks to a wacky wind..

"It blows up through the Johns River Gorge and when it gets up here it's like a funnel", Baskin explained. "I think Ripley has said that it's the only place in the world where it snows upside down. It is pretty awesome when you walk around under it and look back and when you stand on it and look off to the west"

Look westward from the Blowing Rock and you get a vivid view of another rocky Appalachian wonder: Grandfather Mountain.

"Well the mountain's been a destination for literally thousands of years", Dameron said. "In the late 1800's John Muir, who was the founder of the Sierra Club and who knows something about special places was so overwhelmed here that he began to dance around in glory and in awe as he said and referred to it as the face of all heaven come down to earth so for a long time it's been a special place that people wanted to come and see."

Step up to the summit and cross the famous mile high swinging bridge and you find yourself on the rocks..opening up a window to a world that truly reveals Grandfather Mountain's slogan: wonders never cease..

"It is a place that can be appropriately described as awesome", Dameron said. "There are a lot of things that are called awesome that aren't awesome but this is awesome"

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