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Western Storms

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Hiking 2014

Hiking Log 2014 Business and holidays have kept my blog posts from happening. This year, the only resolution that I want to make is to keep up the blog with pictures of the grands and posts about each hike. I will be adding a few posts with pictures from the holidays to catch up but right now, I want to …

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Mt. LeConte, TN

Smokies Open for Visitors

My ankle has improved so much, that we decided to put it to the test by day hiking Alum Cave Trail all the way to LeConte Lodge and back. The total distance hiked was 11 miles. Total elevation gain is approximately 2560′. It gets a little steep in places. I would rate this trail moderate to strenuous. We thoroughly enjoyed …

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Honey Crisp Apples

Honey Crisp Time

in Hendersonville, as every summer begins to wind down, the locals make a mad dash to Granddad’s Apple Orchard to get a bushel or two of Honey Crisp apples. If we don’t get them before the local Apple Festival over the Labor Day weekend, they are usually all gone. This year, we have had a lot of rain and the …

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It was a beautiful day so I ran up to Chimney Rock for a hike.I walked the Four Seasons Trail up to the parking lot. There were some surprising signs of spring! The signature 3 leaf trillium had sprouted. It should start to bloom by the first of next week. I made a mental note to go back Monday to …

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WHAT ?!*#$%

Delta flies their large planes out of the “S” concourse at the Seattle airport. These flights are mostly international flights to and from the Pacific rim. As a result, there are many travelers whose cell phones don’t work internationally. So, the concourse has a bank of pay phones for their convenience. Pay phones are such a relic.  They look out …

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Christmas with Daddy

February Trip

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February 3, 2013

The weather was a little “iffy” today. The parkway has been closed due to snow and ice for weeks now, but we thought we would drive up to the gate at Wagon Road Gap and see if we could walk over the MTS and walk the ridgeline. We got to the parkinglot and it was cold and windy. The windchill …

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Four Seasons Trail


Took a pleasant little walk in the woods today. Chimney Rock Park’s Four Seasons Trail is short, moderate and close to home. As you may see in the picture of the steps below, the little squirrels were hard at work with their nuts. They left nut shells all over the staircases on the trail. Busy little fellers! This little trail …

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January 26 – Gatlinburg

It was time for our yearly anniversary trip to Gatlinburg. The drive to Gatlinburg on Friday was difficult. It was 27 degrees when we left our house with freezing rain. It drizzled freezing rain the entire way. Thankfully, Interstate 40 had been pre-treated so the icy spots were minimal. We had good light all the way there. Saturday is always …

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Mountains to the Sea Trail, Blue Ridge Parkway

January 20 Hike

On Sunday, we decided to hike a section of the Mountains to the Sea Trail that runs the ridge line overlooking Avery Creek Basin and the Shining Rock Wilderness. The Parkway was closed due to snow and ice. We could took 276 to the parkway access at the Wagon Road Gap overlook between mile marker 411 and 412 and parked …

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Continuing along with my hiking, yesterday I ran over to Chimney Rock and walked up and down the stairs. This is really hard to do when you are doing it as fast as you can. So, I can add a little to my mileage and elevation gain totals. Yeah!

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Chimney Rock

Monday Hike at the Chimney

Total miles hiked: 1.7 Total vertical: tba Chimney Rock Park is having a few issues right now. The Hickory Nut Falls trail is closed due to a rock slide. The trail from the “Devil’s Head” to “Exclamation Point” is closed too. This messes up my mileage a little bit. Today, I hiked the Four Seasons Trail (1.2 miles round trip …

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Day Hike

Total miles hiked: 5.1 Total vertical: 1000′ This was our first hike of 2013. This year, I resolve to keep track of our mileage and a close estimate of the total vertical gained. Today’s hike began at the fish hatchery near Brevard. We hiked clockwise from the parking lot on Cat Gap Trail. We forked off the trail and hiked …

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Gingerbread 2012

Getting ready for Aunt Sandy’s Thanksgiving. Gingerbread men are present and accounted for!

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LeConte 2012


The annual trip to Mt. LeConte is logged into memory! Our guests this year included Bo and Kim! It was Kim’s first trip up the mountain and to the Smokies! This trip was full of “firsts!” We hiked up on Trillium. It was my first time on this trail. We ran into snow about 2.5 miles in. The higher we …

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America Votes

It was my privilege to be an official observer and project volunteer for one of the national campaigns. I consider myself an Independent voter, without party affiliation. This time around, I felt strongly enough to volunteer my time to one presidential candidate. This experience was interesting in several ways. When I showed up at the polling center 15 minutes early, …

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WNC Fair

One of the highlights of the year here in the Blue Ridge is the Western North Carolina State Fair. No, it isn’t the rides or the candied apples that attracts Phil and me. It’s not the clowns, the hotdogs, nor the carnies selling their wares. It’s the Goats! Nigerian Pigmy Goats We are drawn to the barns! The barns are …

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Blog Updates

As my business turns its focus to simple responsive design for all devices, it gives the opportunity to update all 3 personal blogs with new software wrapped in a responsive design. It also highlights the fact that there are so many events and image galleries that are no longer available until they are re-created. uestion What have I learned by …

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PGA 2012

Phil and I enjoyed attending the PGA Championship in Kiawah Island, SC. We got to see most of the high profile players. The crowd surrounding Tiger was a bit overbearing. The band of groupies swooped in on us on the 16th hole as they followed him from hole to hole. Sitting on the 16th fairway, we got to see most …

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5th Day in a Row

This is the 5th day in a row I have hikes this trail. It is my “quiet time” Good for the soul  

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Great cardio this morning It was much needed.

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Light breeze

The breeze feels great hazy but there is still a long range vow

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Another Day

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View from the Top

Cold Mtn cannot be seen today  

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