I also got to meet some new friends, share location spots and talk camera's and lenses. Learned from writers their secrets. And if I told you it wouldn't be a secret.
I am looking forward for that really nice guy with the great sunrise shot that I didn't get to take me across that scary swinging bridge and help me get it next year. He promised to hold my hand since I am afraid of heights. I am already marking my calendar.
This event is always the third weekend in August. You are allowed to camp on the mountain during the event. Please don't leave food out or take any into your tents. Again there was a bear in camp every night. You could hear him banging around in peoples stuff and trying to get into the garbage cans. So be prepared for an adventure. This year there were twin fawns. While there is a mini zoo up on the mountain be aware that there are plenty of wild animals there as well.
To get there find Linville NC on a map and plan your starting point. Usually from somewhere on I 40. Grandfather Mountain is of Hwy 221 also called the Blowing Rock Hwy. There is little to no cell service so just leave that at home or turn it off. There is a restaurant on the mountain so bringing food is not necessary.