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Betsy and I had to go to Plan B on our November trip to Asheville, North Carolina. Plan B included a trip to Grandfather Mountain and the Mile High Swinging Bridge. The name ‘Mile High Swinging Bridge’ is somewhat misleading. Although the elevation of the bridge is 5,278 feet (a mile) above sea level, the bridge spans an 80 foot deep chasm on Linville Peak of the mountain.
Both Betsy and I had been to Grandfather Mountain before we met. Back then the bridge (a suspension bridge built in 1952) really did swing. The wooden planks and side rails weren’t anchored, and would readily swing during high winds. In 1999 the bridge was rebuilt and galvanized steel was used for the the planks and side rails. Furthermore, anchor cables for the planks were added. Now the bridge doesn’t swing very much, but it does ‘sing’ during high winds.
And the winds were definitely high when we were at the bridge. The official temperature was 35°, but the wind was so strong it was hard to stand up straight. I don’t know what the wind chill temperature was, but my fingers were so cold it was hard to take pictures.
Even my Beautiful Bride thought it was cold.