In August of 2016, a group of hikers discovered the North Carolina coast and began a journey that would lead them to one of the most beautiful places on the planet.
For many years, the coast was one of America’s most popular hiking destinations and is home to the world-renowned North Cairns mountains.
But that wasn’t the case for the group that discovered the mountain in 2016.
They also discovered an incredible array of wild flora and fauna.
The North Cairs are the highest mountain in the United States and have been named one of Nature’s Most Endangered Places.
The coast was once one of North America’s great treasures, but is now in the process of being reduced to a landscape of salt marshes, salt-sand beaches and sandbars.
Now, the mountain is slowly being reduced into a ghost town, a place of eerie solitude, a forgotten, almost forgotten beauty that is part of the Cascadia Trail and the world’s most famous hiking destinations.
Here, I talk with John Stauffer, a researcher with the U.S. Forest Service, about what the NorthCairs might look like today, how to survive in one of them and what it’s like to go up to the top of one of those mountains.
John Stieffer: So, how old is Bear Mountain?
I’m a little bit surprised you didn’t say it’s in the middle of the Appalachian Mountains, because that’s the way we’ve described it.
It’s probably in the late 1800s.
I think that was probably a little early for it.
The area is really old, and there are two big lakes.
It used to be a big, flat area.
It had an open space, but then it was ceded to the state in the 1950s.
It was used for the mining, for the logging, for everything.
Now it’s basically a salt marsh, a lot of salt.
It just sort of sits there.
There are a couple of old roads.
There is an old bridge that’s over a stream.
It looks like it’s gone for a couple years now.
There’s a couple campsites.
I can’t imagine what it would be like on a good day to hike up there.
But, there are a lot more of those lakes and ponds that used to exist.
You know, it’s really beautiful, I mean it’s just really spectacular.
We were at the trailhead about an hour and a half from the coast.
It is an hour-and-a-half hike up the trail.
We found a lot to see.
We had a great campfire.
It smelled like salt, and we were having a good time.
It took us about a day and a bit of time to find the trail that we were supposed to take.
We just kind of kept on going.
We could see the ocean at the top.
It looked like it was right there.
It actually had been a little over a hundred feet.
There were just a lot places that looked really beautiful that we didn’t even know we were walking on.
It felt pretty much like you were in the North Atlantic right there on the North American mainland.
We weren’t sure if we were actually walking on North Cades Coast or not.
We didn’t really know until we got there that we actually were.
We walked up through the woods for maybe a quarter of a mile and just saw this big white, brown, gray blob of salt that was in the forest.
We actually saw it for about two hours before we saw it.
And that’s when we realized we were going to have to find a place to stay.
We went to the motel where they have a motel, and it was really nice.
We got a lot out of it.
We stayed at a little motel that we used to go to every now and then, and a couple other places, but we didn.
We kind of knew we were staying in Bear for a while, and the people we met were really nice, really helpful and friendly.
And the motel was pretty nice.
The people that were there were really helpful.
They were helping us pack and bring stuff up.
We did have a little trouble getting in, because it was a very busy weekend, but they were kind of kind of helping us.
The weather was good for us.
It got very hot, but there was a lot wind.
We even had a few days where it was freezing.
It kept snowing, but the snow just melted it pretty quickly.
We spent the next couple of days trying to find somewhere to stay and to find shelter.
We started camping out, and this one was just so beautiful, so beautiful.
We ended up sleeping on the porch of this little house that was right on the edge of the campground.
It wasn’t too far from the campgrounds.
The lake was really great, and when we went