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2016 03 Biltmore Feature 1

Spring at Biltmore

Spring at Biltmore is a flower fanatic’s dreamworld. The gardens are brimming with daffodils, hyacinth, forsythia, tulips and periwinkle, just to name a few. Today, the tulips were up, but they had not quite bloomed out. Maybe next week, I can go back and take tulip pictures. The current exhibit in the mansion and on the grounds is “Fashionable Romance.” …

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Redbuds

I guess I’m trying to make up for sitting on my butt all winter, but over the past 8 days, I have hiked 22 miles!  That is 22 MOUNTAIN miles, folks.  My legs feel like noodles.  Going straight up steps or up steep grades isn’t easy and I realize just how much fitness I have lost since last November. I …

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2015 06 Redbuds 1

March 21, 2016

REDBUDS I guess I’m trying to make up for sitting on my butt all winter, but over the past 8 days, I have hiked 22 miles!  That is 22 MOUNTAIN miles, folks.  My legs feel like noodles.  Going straight up steps or up steep grades isn’t easy and I realize just how much fitness I have lost since last November. …

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Avery Creek Loop

March 19, 2016

Pressley Cove Trail is accessed from Avery Creek Road (Forest Service Road #477). Beginning at 2325 ft. of elevation, the trail climbs steeply for 1.1 miles ( 968 ft. elevation gain) to Forest Service Rd #5022. Turn right onto the road and walk for .2 miles to Pressley Gap, elevation 3328 ft.  

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2016 Mar17 CRSP 1

I Counted the Steps!

So, during my workout hike at Chimney Rock State Park, I counted 1322 steps on the main trails leading from the Lower Parking Lot at the ticket booth to the very top at Exclamation Point.  This does not include a few “detours” through the “Subway”and “The Outcroppings.”  I had counted the stairs a few years ago, before upgrades had been made. …

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March 17, 2016

So, during my workout hike at Chimney Rock State Park, I counted 1322 steps on the main trails leading from the Lower Parking Lot at the ticket booth to the very top at Exclamation Point.  This does not include a few “detours” through the “Subway”and “The Outcroppings.” [pullquote3 quotes=”true” align=”right”]1322 STEPS TO TOP![/pullquote3]I had counted the stairs a few years ago, before …

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2016 Feb MT SkiTrip 1

February Ski Trip at the North 40

Bridger Bowl, Bozeman, MT We had an awesome time skiing with friends in Bozeman at The Bridger Bowl. It is approx. an hour drive from the North 40 so we don’t need to pay for accommodations. The ski resort is municipal, owned by the city of Bozeman. Driving up to the resort from our house is one of the prettiest …

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March 11, 2016

Getting Back in the Swing of Things The beautiful, spring-like weather was very welcome after a busy, rainy winter. We haven’t had good weather on our off days that have allowed us to keep up our hiking routine. The BRP is still closed for the winter, but Chimney Rock is close to home and open. My hike was just limited to …

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2016 Jan ThompsonDivide  7

January 30, 2016

The Thomas Divide trailhead is near the NC/TN border on the Smoky Mountains Parkway. It is a gentle trail that runs the ridge from the parkway out to Kanati Fork Junction. The elevation change is gradual and the hike is relatively short. This is a great little hike for small children and newbies.

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Mt. LeConte TN

November 12, 2015

Trip #24, November 12-14, 2015  

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Mule Deer

North Forty, September 2015

Annual September trip to the North Forty. Phil managed to get enough vacation days to string together 9 days. It was Phil’s first extended visit since the house was finished last year. The 2 sofas had been delivered after my last visit out, so we had a nice comfy place to sit. It was a relief to see that they …

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Godspeed

Godspeed

Godspeed /ˈɡɒdˈspiːd/ interjection, noun 1. an expression of one’s good wishes for a person’s success and safety Word Origin  C15: from God spede may God prosper (you) This word is most, or only appropriate to say to a soldier, sailor, airman, or marine as they start their military journey.  I have used it more in the past decade than ever …

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Cooke City, MT

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Sacajawea Peak

September, 2010

This was our first hike up Sacajawea Peak.  Looking up from the parking lot wasn’t so daunting. However, after we hiked through the woods to the bottom of the scree field, looking up gave me vertigo.  I wasn’t so sure I could hike up such a steep, exposed trail. But, I kept going and I’m glad I did. The pictures …

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Beartooth Highway

September 2015  

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Beartooth Highway

Yellowstone, 2015

September, 2015  

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September, 2015

Great hike up Sacajawea Peak. The weather was warm and extremely windy at the top. We were seriously in danger of being blown off the mountain. It was still scary the last 1/4 mile up the spire.

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Mt. LeConte Lodge

Alum Cave Trail

Taking advantage of the good weather and lower temperatures, we decided to do a day hike up and down Alum Cave Trail on Mt. LeConte. We left early enough to get a parking space in what is usually a very crowded parking lot at the trailhead. We lucked up and there were still a few spaces available. The trail has …

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Mt. Leconte

August 29, 2015

DAYHIKE: Trip #23 Trails Forever Program … at work on Alum Cave Trail. After a year of work on Alum Cave, Trails Forever finally finished the majority of their work on the trail.  They did a great job and it was a lot of back breaking work. Arch Rock was opened up a bit and they made more headroom going …

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National Park Pillows

Pillows … in honor of the 99th birthday of our National Parks System. The true wealth of our nation lies in our national parks. The amount of volunteer hours it has taken to create and maintain their trail systems is phenomenal. So, to celebrate our love of that, I’ve made 4 national park pillows to take out to the North …

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Cold Mountain

Happy Birthday National Park System!

Today is the 99th birthday of our National Park System! Isn’t that just awesome? Thank you, Teddy Roosevelt, for your foresight in protecting our nation’s most beautiful and sensitive landscapes. Although, I take issue with the fact that the progressive death tax was his idea, and that he over-agressively pursued anti-trust laws bringing about the breakup of notables such as …

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Cold Mountain

August 25, 2015

Mt. Pisgah Trailhead is located near mile marker 408 on the Blue Ridge Parkway (National Park). It is heavily traveled. Park in the second parking lot, the first is for Buck Spring’s Trail. This trail continues onto National Forest land to climb to the summit of one of the area’s most well-known peaks. Easily visible from most of downtown Asheville, …

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August 20, 2015

August, 2015 We parked at Newfound Gap and walked the Appalachian Trail to the Jump Off Rock junction where we turned right. The trail out to the rock is short and runs thru the forest.  It is a favorite for day hikers in the Smokys.  

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Bitterroot

June in Montana

Wildflower season in the Northern Rockies is in full bloom late May through June. This year, I got spent several weeks at our house during the peak of the flower season. I walked all over the property with my camera trying to make sure that I cataloged the species there.  A Few Notable Flowers I Found: This flowers is scattered all over the North …

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July 20, 2015

It was another beautiful day on the ridge. The sun dappled thru the trees and it got a little warm. The ferns were so large, they looked like they belonged in a Jurassic Park movie.

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