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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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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 – Shining Creek Trail Loop

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MTS – Little Sam – Flat Laurel Creek Loop

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July 15, 2017

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 take a left. Hike back …

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Pilot Rock from Pisgah Inn Parking Lot

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Sluice Boxes State Park

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 the trail terminus at the …

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Mountain View Trail

June 24 North 40 Hike

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North 40 Sunrise

Sunrise on June 24, 2017

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.  

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Bridger Mountains

Good Morning from the North 40

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. Taken from the back fence

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Mt Rushmore

Roadtrip 2017 Mt. Rushmore

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 rest of that day visiting …

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Crazy Horse

Roadtrip 2017 – Crazy Horse

Crazy Horse Memorial

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Roadtrip 2017 – Al’s Oasis

Oacoma, South Dakota – Al’s Oasis Al’s Oasis is located in Oacoma, SD.

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Flat Laurel Creek

Flat Laurel Creek, Art Loeb and MTS Trail Loop

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Mt. Pisgah

Mother’s Day on Mt. Pisgah

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.    

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Surprising Flowers

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 blooms later. Bluets were everywhere …

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Pisgah

Mt. Pisgah

Another great day hiking up the Mt. Pisgah trail. I passed about 10 people and 1 really big dog. The sun was shining until I got to the top and the clouds had begun to move it. The air was really hazy from the pollen and fire smoke. The rain will be welcome later this afternoon when it gets here.

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April 17, 2017

Sam’s Knob From Asheville, follow the Blue Ridge Parkway south for 26.5 miles past the NC 191 Parkway access. Turn right on FR 816 (Black Balsam Road) just past milepost 420; a sign reads “Black Balsam”. Follow this road to the end at the parking area. The parking lot gets crowded quickly on weekends, so plan to arrive early if …

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Middle Prong Wilderness

Middle Prong Wanderings

 

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