View of Cold Mountain

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

Pisgah Inn View
Pisgah Inn View
View Downtown Asheville
View Downtown Asheville
Bear Poop
Bear Poop
Tower on Mt Pisgah
Tower on Mt Pisgah
View of Cold Mountain
View of Cold Mountain
Chimney Rock

Fires in Western NC

Our area is experiencing a severe drought. Over the past 10 years, our hemlock trees have fallen to the hemlock woolly adelgid (Adelges tsugae). The dry carcasses of the hemlocks litter the forest floor giving a lot of fuel to any fire danger. There are dead leaves laying in piles and piles everywhere. And, not least, the temperatures are running 10-15 degrees above normal. It looks like this has created a perfect storm for fires in the Appalachians and Smokys.

Wildfires are everywhere and the smoke seems to be converging on the Asheville area.

As we speak, the following fires are burning:

  • Rough Ridge Fire in Oconee County, Georgia currently burning over 5,057 acres.
  • Silver Mine Fire in Hot Springs, North Carolina currently burning over 5,964 acres.
  • Cliffside First 3 miles NW of Highlands, North Carolina currently burning over 104 acres.
  • Dicks Creek Drainage, 2 miles NW of Sylva, NC currently burning over 532 acres.
  • May Branch First west of Nanatahala Lake, NC currently burning over 175 acres.
  • Moses Creek Fire in Nantahala Forest, NC currently burning over ? (not listed).
  • Knob Fire 9 miles southwest of Franklin, NC currently burning over 644 acres.
  • Avey Branch Fire, North of Santeetlah Lake, NC currently burning over 540 acres.
  • Maple Springs Fire North of Santeetlah Lake, NC currently burning over 1,678 acres.
  • Boteler Fire 15 miles east of Murphy,NC currently burning over 1,713 acres.
  • Party Rock Fire in Chimney Rock State Park, NC currently burning over 344 acres.
  • Tellico Fire 3 miles south of Almond, NC currently burning over 1,835 acres.
  • Ferebee Fire 1 mile north of Nantahala, NC  currently burning over 545 acres.

Pictures of the Party Rock Fire in Chimney Rock November 7, 2016

Pictures Taken From Summit of Mt. Pisgah, November 8, 2016

NC Wildflowers

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.


Common Blue Violet

Star Chickweed

Barren Strawberry


Catawba Rhododendron

Rosebay Rhododendron

AQS Quilt Week in Charlotte NC

The American Quilting Society celebrates it’s 30th Anniversary with “Quilt Week” in 5 different venues!

The Schedule:

  • Paducah, KY ~ April 23 – 26
  • Charlotte, NC ~ July 30 – Aug 2
  • Grand Rapids, MI ~ Aug 20 – 23
  • Chattanooga, TN ~ Sept 10 – 13
  • Des Moines, IA ~ Oct 1 – 4

I was fortunate enough to attend the Charlotte Quilt Event this year. The Charlotte Convention Center dedicated their entire lower level to this event. I walked through acres of vendors booths selling fabric, patterns, notions and other items fiber related.

Demonstrations of long arm quilting machines were crowded and it was exciting to get to try one out myself. A long arm machine goes on my “I want it” list. One of the long arm-era was totally computerized with hands free operation. Load the quilt top, quilt backing and batting and punch the design into the machine and it quilts automatically.

There were dozens of sewing machine vendors. The embroidery machine demonstrations were crowded too. It appears that embroidered blocks are all the rage in quilt making.

I took dozens of pictures, but I couldn’t even scratch the surface of what was there.