The Land of the Noon Day Sun, Nantahala

October 29, 2020 My Solo Trip

The Land of the Noonday Sun, “Nantahala”, is the beautiful name that the ancient Cherokee people gave to this region in the North Carolina mountains.

Photography © Victoria Restrepo

The meaning of the word comes from the deep gorges that the sun only reaches when it is high overhead at midday.

Photography © Victoria Restrepo

Walking through this woodland, the “Nantahala National Forest,” was an unforgettable experience.

Photography © Victoria Restrepo
Photography © Victoria Restrepo
Photography © Victoria Restrepo
Photography © Victoria Restrepo

Every minute of the trip was completely magical, from the rivers and waterfalls in the lower parts, to being able to climb to the summit to enjoy from there, the view of the valley and the sunset among the golden trees.

Appalachian Trail, Photography © Victoria Restrepo
Appalachian Trail, Photography © Victoria Restrepo
Appalachian Trail, Photography © Victoria Restrepo
Appalachian Trail, Photography © Victoria Restrepo
Appalachian Trail, Photography © Victoria Restrepo

The Appalachian Trail crosses these mountains, and when I was walking for a short distance, I thought it must be a wonderful experience to hike and spend some nights here. Still, my photographic equipment is too heavy to climb between its rocks, although I hope to return…

Nantahala, Photography © Victoria Restrepo
Nantahala, Photography © Victoria Restrepo
Nantahala, Photography © Victoria Restrepo

This is one of those places that we can enjoy with all our senses, so now I am going to share some images to experience just with our eyes and sensitivity, and very soon, I will edit the videos to try to convey other sensations, such as the sound of the wind and the water, the dry leaves crackling under my feet, and the enjoyment of deep contact with nature.

At the summit, Nantahala, Photography © Victoria Restrepo
From the summit, Nantahala, Photography © Victoria Restrepo
At the summit, Nantahala, Photography © Victoria Restrepo
A golden sunset, Nantahala, Photography © Victoria Restrepo

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