Riccy Marroquin, Luis Laverde and Ryan Long enjoyed a picture perfect day atop Hanging Rock last summer . Hanging Rock State Park, near Danbury, is one of North Carolina’s crown jewels.
Riccy Marroquin, Luis Laverde and Ryan Long enjoyed a picture perfect day atop Hanging Rock last summer . Hanging Rock State Park, near Danbury, is one of North Carolina’s crown jewels. Chuck Liddy cliddy@newsobserver.com
Riccy Marroquin, Luis Laverde and Ryan Long enjoyed a picture perfect day atop Hanging Rock last summer . Hanging Rock State Park, near Danbury, is one of North Carolina’s crown jewels. Chuck Liddy cliddy@newsobserver.com

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