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New Wildflowers Added

Spring has sprung here in the mountains and I’m scrambling to get out and photograph as many flowers as possible before they are gone.  So many of the spring flowers bloom only for a few short days! So, here are a few of the flowers I saw today.

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Freedom Trail

During a recent babysitting trip to Massachusetts, I had the opportunity to walk “The Freedom Trail.” This walk is 2.5 miles long beginning at Boston Commons and ending at Bunker Hill. It is the Cradle of Liberty … the birthplace of American Independence. It was awesome. Although the history of the United States is relatively recent, what our  forefathers risked …

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Chimney Rock

Springtime Hike

I bought a new camera. Tired of the limitations of the iPhone and point-and-shoot cameras, Phil thought it was time to get a Nikon D3200 digital SLR with a couple of lenses. We go to so many beautiful places and now we can get higher quality photos. Today was such a glorious day! I had errands and chores, but mid afternoon, …

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Chimney Rock

May 6, 2015

I bought a new camera. Tired of the limitations of the iPhone and point-and-shoot cameras, Phil thought it was time to get a Nikon D3200 digital SLR with a couple of lenses. We go to so many beautiful places and now we can get higher quality photos. This little trip out to Chimney Rock was my first test with my new …

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Chimney Rock

May 6, 2015

I bought a new camera. Tired of the limitations of the iPhone and point-and-shoot cameras, Phil thought it was time to get a Nikon D3200 digital SLR with a couple of lenses. We go to so many beautiful places and now we can get higher quality photos. Today was such a glorious day! I had errands and chores, but mid afternoon, …

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April 11 2015

Park on the Blue Ridge Parkway by the Little Pisgah Ridge Tunnel to access Big Creek Trail, beginning elevation 4720′. The trail descends 2 1/2 miles down to Big Creek, elevation 2976′. The trail is wooded drops down the spine of the ridge with a lot of mountain laurel at the top and hardwoods at the bottom. Wildflowers grow all along …

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Luke’s Losers …

Regarding an opinion piece published in Yahoo Finance, “Why Elizabeth Warren Is A Threat to America’s Growth,” Luke had some interesting comments. Like Mark Sanford in South Carolina, she is generally despised here, but is somehow able to maintain a constituency.  I like to believe that politicians are making progress toward a common goal of good, but we constantly get …

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Porters Creek

Hiking in Greenbriar Cove

Phil and I use Gatlinburg as a jump off point for hiking in the Smoky Mountains. This year, we left the house early in order to get a hike in before check in time at Gatlinburg Inn. We turned off US Hwy 321 into Greenbriar Cove about 5 1/2 miles east of Gatlinburg. We tried to get to this trail in …

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Porters Creek

January 31, 2015

Porter’s Creek While this a great option for a hike at any time of the year, the Porters Creek Trail is also an excellent choice when snow makes foot travel difficult in the higher elevations, or when it forces the closure of roads throughout other parts of the park.

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Snowmageddon 2015

The Boston area is getting the brunt of storm Juno. The MTA isn’t running and Boston and Cambridge has totally  shut down. The snow will continue throughout the day. I will update this post with snow totals when the snow stops falling. Here are some pictures Luke took just outside his house near downtown Cambridge. You will notice that the only …

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January 20, 2015

This winter, the park has a lot of work going on. New construction will bring the re-opening of two long closed trails. It is great to see money being spent at the park. I couldn’t get to Exclamation Point because there is still some serious ice up there. I made it as far as the Opera Box. Looking down from …

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CRSP

This winter, the park has a lot of work going on. New construction will bring the re-opening of two long closed trails. It is great to see money being spent at the park. Here are a few pictures of some the working being done.

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Trombatore Trail

January 20, 2015

Distance: 5.4 Miles RT Elevation Gain: 1246′ Difficulty: Moderate Trombotore Trail Trailhead Parking: Take Hwy 64 east from 1-26 in Hendersonville, NC. About 2 1/2 miles past I-26, turn left on Fruitland Rd. Next, turn left on Old Clear Creek Rd go only a few hundred yards and turn right on Bearwallow Mountain Rd. Follow Bearwallow Mountain Road and after a …

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January 19, 2015

We spent Martin Luther King, Jr. Day up on the parkway near Wagon Road Gap on the Green Knob section of the Mountains to the Sea Trail. It was a bluebird day and the temps warmed to the mid 50’s during our hike. The parkway was closed, so we parked at the parking lot at the Hwy 276 parkway entrance. …

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Trailblazing

New trails seem to be “trending” early in this new year. One trail we had not tried yet was in The Avery Creek area that is a great place to hike during the winter months when the parkway is closed. The Buckhorn Gap Trail is further down Avery Creek Road than we usually go. It is a heavily traveled 3 mile trail to …

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January 17 2015 – Twin Falls

Twin Falls is located off a .6 mile spur trail from the main Buckhorn Gap Trail. The falls descend from a horseshoe shaped valley. The first water fall you come to on the left is not one of the “twins.” It is pretty, though. Phil took these pictures of the falls. It is well worth the extra walking to see …

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New Trail on Bearwallow Mountain

Distance: 5 Miles RT Elevation Change: 1000 feet Difficulty: Moderate Trailhead Parking: Take Hwy 64 east from 1-26 in Hendersonville, NC. About 2 1/2 miles past I-26, turn left on Fruitland Rd. Next, turn left on Old Clear Creek Rd go only a few hundred yards and turn right on Bearwallow Mountain Rd. Follow Bearwallow Mountain Road and after a few miles, …

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2014 Nov Trip Pic Official

Mt LeConte 2014

It was time for our official 2014 trek up Mt. LeConte. Phil’s brother-in-law was our guest this year. We chose to hike Alum Cave Trail. It was reportedly in the best shape and we hoped that it had minimal icy spots. The Thursday hike up was great. It was a warm sunny day in the low 40’s. Our hike time …

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Chimney Rock State Park

CRSP

Fall is beautiful and it is especially so from the top of Exclamation Point above the Chimney. I caught the light just right on these pictures.  I hope the web doesn’t blur out some of the beauty.

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2014 Nov Trip Pic Official

November 13, 2014

It was time for our official 2014 trek up Mt. LeConte. Phil’s brother-in-law was our guest this year. We chose to hike Alum Cave Trail. It was reportedly in the best shape and we hoped that it had minimal icy spots. It was interesting that on Thursday night, we were served Salmon Casserole for our meal. That has never been …

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Howling Halloween

Click on pictures to zoom. Our hike to the lodge at Mt. LeConte TN was one for the record books and will go down in Mt. LeConte Lore to be talked about for years to come. Phil and I have a standing yearly reservation for the Thursday and Friday nights the week of Veterans day in November. However, this was …

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Sacajawea Peak

Sacajawea Peak Hike

Spending a week at the Grassy Mountain Cabins in White Sulphur Springs is something we have loved doing for the past 10 years. In planning our trip this year, the hike up Sacajawea Peak was on the “must do” list. We did this hike 5 or 6 years ago and have wanted to go back and do it again. I took …

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September, 2014

Our second time up Sacajawea wasn’t quite as daunting as it was the first time.  After I got to the swag and started up the last section to the peak, however, was still dizzying (to say the least).  This time, I was able to enjoy it more without being so scared. It is definitely on the list of hikes to …

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Montana House Progress

Progress – August 15

New progress pictures came in overnight.  It appears that the surrounding ground has been graded. The ground is mostly broken shale, so there will be little to no mud up close to the house. However, it does prevent any future plantings. Although we have a 360 degree view of 4 different mountain ranges, the porch corner faces the most spectacular …

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Elk Pasture Gap

August 5, 2014

Lions and Tigers and Bears! Oh My! Today, I ran up on some really fresh bear scat. It was actually fairly large.  This trail is fairly heavily traveled, so bears don’t usually hang around. I never heard him so I guess he was long gone.  So, I kept on going without letting it bother me.

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