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2018 Hiking Log

My 2018 Hiking Goal is 450 miles! Most of my hikes are in and near western North Carolina with a few iconic hikes while traveling. Follow my progress.

Sacajawea33

Sacajawea Peak in Bridger Range

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Cold Mtn

Mt. Pisgah

3 mi round-trip Tread Condition: Moderately Rough Climb: Climbs Moderately Lowest Elevation: 4980 Highest Elevation: 5730 Total Elevation Gain: 750 Configuration: Out-and-back Starting Point: Mount Pisgah Parking Area, Blue Ridge Parkway milepost 407.6  

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Ap 2017

ESPN: Thanksgiving in Lake Lure

Article by Ryan McGee of ESPN His Thanksgiving Day spent at Lake Lure and Hendersonville. Highlights from a Wild College Football Rivalry Week

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Accuquilt 2017 Winner  8

Point of View

Quick Project with (nearly) Instant Gratification This block pattern, designed by Terri Vanden Bosch, won the 2016 Accuquilt GO! Block Design contest. It is complicated enough to be show worthy, while at the same time, small enough to complete in a couple of days.  Her fabric choices were not something I would have thought of, but they really work well …

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LeConte 2017  Hawksbill

November 9, 2017

Trail:  Alum Cave Trip # 27 – November 9 – 22, 2017 Trail: Alum Cave Trail Hiking Time Going Up: 3 hours 7 minutes Hiking Time Coming Down: 2 hours 15 minutes This year we decided to hike up and down Alum Cave Trail. Due to trail closures, we haven’t gotten to hike this trail many times in the past …

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Grassy Mtn via Trail 119

October 9, 2017

Grassy Mtn Via Skidway Campground Distance: 5.0 Miles Elevation Gain: 1575 ft. Difficulty: Strenuous (very steep) Park at the back gate boundary of Skidway campground. Follow the forestry road from there all of the way to the top of Grassy Mountain. The road meanders through the forest for awhile and then opens up in a beautiful meadow with a gorgeous …

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Emilys Wedding Quilt

FINALLY FINISHED!

After 3 years, I have finally finished this quit.  The pattern was found in an issue or Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting Magazine. I have lost the magazine, so I can’t post the issue of volume number. The name of the pattern is “Emily’s Wedding Quilt” and I think it can be purchased from the Keepsake Quilting website. The pattern …

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Skyline Trailhead

September 9, 2017

Skyline Trail 2.0 Miles Round Trip from Exclamation Point – Elevation Gain: 472′ After several years of closure, the Skyline Trail was re-opened in September of 2017. Apparently, the original trail was closed after a toddler fell to its death.  Since then, the trail has been re-routed and fencing was added at the top of Hickory Nut Falls to keep …

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Zoes Quilt

A Quilt for Zoë

This past summer, I made 2 very colorful quilts for the other 2 grandkids.  I’m trying to find the pictures I took before I can post about them. So, this quilt is for the littlest one of our family.  She has just graduated to a regular bed and loves bright colors. I chose the “Swoon” 24″ block pattern for hers. …

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Old Butt Knob 073117  17

Old Butt Knob – Shining Creek Trail Loop

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