Spending time at the North 40 is a bit bittersweet. We have this entire wonderful place and Phil still has to work and cannot enjoy it. He rode with me on the trip out and stayed here for 20 hours before flying out to go back to work. 🙁 So, as I walked the Mountain … Continue reading Hiking Mountain View Trail
I am not sure I have this correctly identified. I is everywhere on the roadsides near White Sulphur Springs in Montana. The leaves don't look exactly like the pictures I have found online but they are similar and no other flower I can find comes closer to the characteristics of this little clump of flowers. … Continue reading Pingue Rubberweed
Today was a very short hike up the right fork of the Coon Tree Trail. We only hiked to the ridge junction and turned around and hiked down. Nice day in low 40's. The trail was muddy and there were a lot of trees down after the wind and ice storms last month. We passed … Continue reading Coon Tree Mountain Trail
Finally! A sunny day on a weekend! We finally got some good weather to go hiking. The high today was in the mid to upper 40's and the sun was shining. That is my favorite hiking weather. Last year, our logged hiking miles were abysmal. It was a rainy year and we had a lot … Continue reading Daniel Ridge Loop
Pattern: Swoon by Thimble Blossoms By: Camille Roskelley Fabric Collection: MODA, "Over the Rainbow" Collection By: Edyta Sitar Thread: Auril 2370 for piecing and quilting Batting: Quilter's Dream 80/20 Dimensions: Before Quilting: 95" x 95" After Quilting: 92" x 92" After Washing and Drying on low in dryer: 85" x 85" So, I had a … Continue reading Swoon Quilt
A Personally Challenging Hike Stats (Per my AllTrails tracker): Distance: 5.3 Miles Elevation Gain: 2,011' Difficulty: Difficult Location: From Bozeman, MT take Highway 86 N toward Bridger Canyon. Drive approximately 20 miles and take Fairy Lake Road on the left. The trailhead is approximately 7 miles. Be advised that Fairy Lake Road is rutted out … Continue reading Sacajawea Peak in Bridger Range
3 mi round-trip Tread Condition: Moderately RoughClimb: Climbs ModeratelyLowest Elevation: 4980Highest Elevation: 5730Total Elevation Gain: 750Configuration: Out-and-backStarting Point: Mount Pisgah Parking Area, Blue Ridge Parkway milepost 407.6 Pisgah Inn View View Downtown Asheville Bear Poop Tower on Mt Pisgah View of Cold Mountain
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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, … Continue reading Point of View
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 … Continue reading Mt. LeConte, 2017
October 9, 2017 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 … Continue reading Grassy Mtn Via Skidway Campground
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 … Continue reading FINALLY FINISHED!
September 9, 2017 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 … Continue reading Skyline Trail
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" … Continue reading A Quilt for Zoë
Park where the Mountains to the Sea Trail intersects Hwy 215 north of the Blueridge Parkway and hike east on the Mountains to the Sea Trail. Hike a little over 2 miles and fork left on Little Sam Knob trail. Hike for approximately 1.5 miles to the intersection of the Flat Laurel Creek Trail and … Continue reading MTS – Little Sam – Flat Laurel Creek Loop
The idea was to plan a 2 hour hike during the cool morning hours up high somewhere where it wouldn't be quite as hot. We thought this hike would fill the bill but we were wrong in our memory about the length and the time involved. The hike begins at the Pisgah Inn parking lot … Continue reading Pilot Rock from Pisgah Inn Parking Lot
Sluice Boxes State Park is located at 38 Evans Riceville Rd., Belt, MT --- Latitude/Longitude: (47.212 / -110.935). The 7.5 mile trail begins at Riceville bridge and hikes along soaring cliffs and precipitous ledges. Remains of mines, a railroad, and historic cabins line Belt Creek as it makes its way through the canyon carved in limestone. We drove to … Continue reading Sluice Boxes State Park
Morning hike by myself. I hiked clockwise the Mountain View Trail Loop and the North 40 "T" in 1 hour and 12 minutes. I stopped and took a lot of pictures along the way. Of course, I had to take pictures of flowers as well as the landscape. I uploaded the hike on my Ramblr … Continue reading North 40 Hike
Well, it's a few days past the summer solstice, but I finally remembered that I wanted a picture of the sunrise to document how far the sun swings to the north over the Castles. It looks like the sun goes just to the right of the big knob. North 40 Sunrise
Good morning Montana! The temperature at 11 am is 66 degrees and it is a glorious sunny day. The wind is blowing steadily. All of the grasses are beginning to go to seed and it looks so pretty blowing in the breeze. Hopefully, today, we can open the house up.
Jake and his family wanted to visit the North 40 and in order to make the money work, I drove out with the grandkids and Ash. We drove to Columbia, MO the first day, Oacoma, SD the second day, and had a relatively short drive on the 3rd day to Keystone, SD. We spent the … Continue reading Roadtrip 2017 Mt. Rushmore
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We parked in the grass on the side of the parkway at the intersection of the Art Loeb Trail between the turn off to Black Balsam and the Devil's Courthouse at approximately mile marker 421.3. We hiked north on the Art Loeb rising over 400' in the elevation from the parkway .2 miles to the intersection of … Continue reading Flat Laurel Creek, Art Loeb and MTS Trail Loop
We hiked up Mt. Pisgah for Mother's Day. It was a sunny day and beautiful, but a bit hazy in the distance from the top.
I have probably hiked up Mt. Pisgah trail close to 100 times in my lifetime. Never have I seen the variety of wild flowers that I saw today. I had never seen trillium there before. It is so short lived, that I guess I've just never timed it right. Hawthorne was blooming and it usually … Continue reading Surprising Flowers