Sometimes we find diamonds in hidden places we want to keep them secret and not share. Then again, wonderful jewels kept in darkness never bring joy to anyone. I stumbled on two such nearly hidden jewels on my recent backroads trip in Western North Carolina.
I was scared to try white-water kayaking. Flat scared. I heard my Rogue River rafting/camping guide's somber warning about evacuations and was chilled. If I got hurt, it would not be a quick hop in an ambulance to a hospital.