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Monthly Archive for: ‘June, 2014’


June 30, 2014

Distance: 7.1 Miles RT Elevation Gain: 1844′ Difficulty: Strenuous Park in the Hatchery Parking Lot and begin the Cat Gap Loop trail hiking counter clockwise. You will walk past Picklesimer Fields. Continue on this trail bearing right toward Cat Gap at the intersection of the shortcut cut-off trail.  When you get to Cat Gap, turn sharply to the right on the …

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June MT Trip

It was time to make more choices for the Montana House.  Phil was busy with work, so I had to fly out alone and meet with our builder and 2 interior designers. The 2 designers had spent many hours ahead of time narrowing down the choices so we would be sure to stay within the budget and still have top …

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Western Storms

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Musings …

I’ve pondered where our sons are and how their lives have played out.  Other parents would lament that they are too far away. I don’t. They have been the captains of their own ship and laid out their lives that it best for THEIR family. I think that they did that part a lot better than Phil and I did at that …

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We Have Water

We got a call from the builder Sunday. Apparently, the well drillers had spent a few days drilling for water at the spot that Mr. Bandy (Dowser) had indicated that we would find water. The drillers drilled 400 feet and only found 2 gal/minute. That flow isn’t enough. The builder made the call to go another 100 feet. At 500 …

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Framing Continues

The framing has been a few days delayed due to rain in the area. Looks like next week will be dry, thankfully. More news on the progress of the well coming soon.  Looks like Mr. Bandy might have been right on spot about the depth. But, I’ll post more on this at a later date.

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June 20, 2014

Tailhead: Rough Butt Bald Overlook Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 425.4 Elevation: 5300′ Park at the Rough Butt Bald Overlook and walk across the Parkway to the Mountains to the Sea Trail. This section of the MTS runs parallel to the Parkway for several hundred yards before it forks right into the Middle Prong Wilderness proper. Wanderings: It had been some …

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Crawlspace Update

Construction continues…

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Sunday at the Biltmore

Living near the Biltmore House in Asheville has it’s advantages. Bloom reports are sent periodically to all season pass holders. This week’s bloom report was all about the roses. They are gorgeous. Walking out of the green houses, you immediately smell their aroma. Your blood pressure lowers and everything slows down. I imagine what it would be like to spend …

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Wolfpen Gatehouse Update

Apparently our homeowners association has found an architect to handle the replacement of our gatehouse. It was just a tiny little nothing shack with fancy rock work. Having a high powered architect seems a little “overkill.” But, since the county water department knocked it down, I guess they are paying and our HOA isn’t that worried about cutting costs. LOL! …

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