continued into North Carolina along I-26, but
shortly after crossing the border we left the
freeway and continued along small country roads
towards Lake Lure.
When we were in these parts tow years ago, it was
that it was very foggy, and Else and Carl Jorn had
never got to see Chimney Rock, so we decided to make
up for that this time.
Else had knee problems, so we chose to take the
elevator to the top of the rock.
To get to the elvator you go through a tunnel in the
The elevator leads up the mountain and the journey
26 floors up, takes 30 seconds.
In the elevator is an elevator operator, and she must
tell the whole history of the park during the
journey, so she was talking very fast.
we got to the top, we walked along the little bridge
leading over to the Chimney Rock, where we stood and
enjoyed the views of the valley below until we had
seen enough, then we took the elevator down again.
We left and cotinued the goal of the day, Cherokee.
On the way we went through Lake Junaluska, a popular
resort and home of the International Methodist
The lake itself is named after a Cherokee chief.
When we got to Cherokee we found the hotel
which was the same, we had stayed in two years
earlier, and after unpacking, Carl Jorn, Dorte and I
walked to the town center,
while Else chose to stay at the hotel to care for
Originally we had talked about seeing the outdoor
drama, "Unto These Hills" which is about tribal life
from the whites came to the area in 1540 until most
of the tribe was deported to Oklahoma on the Trail
of tears in 1838.
But since we were pretty tired, we skipped the show
and satisfied our selves by visiting the tribal
The museum is located in the city and outside stands
a wooden sculpture of Sequoia, another of the
tribe's famous members.
He is famous because he single-handedly created a
written language for the tribe, based on homegrown
After he had invented the language, and demonstrated
- with his daughter - how he could send messages
without talking, the tribe aopted the idea.
Inside the museum there are various exhibits on the
tribe, its history, legends, the tribal medicine,
clans, customs, etc., and the museum uses eg
holographic computer technology to tell their
Opposite the museum is Qualla Arts & Crafts, a shop
which sells original Native American crafts, but you
need the big purse, for it is expensive.
We did not buy anything (we had used our assets for a
bread basket), but merely to study the many exciting
When we were finished we walked around and saw a
little more on the city itself, which really is not
particularly exciting compared to many other tourist
cities in the world, but we bought a few Native
American pots and a couple of Dreamcatchers, which
we took home
Then we drove back to the hotel and joined Else
The hotel was one of the few that we stayed at on
our trip that had restaurant.
That we knew from before, so we had already planned
to eat there, and so we did.