• Turks Cap

    Turks Cap found on Old Butt Knob Trail NC in July, 2017.

2017 Hiking Log

My 2017 Hiking Goal is 450 miles! Most of my hikes are in and near western North Carolina with a few iconic hikes while traveling. Follow my progress.

Clemson Game Day

It has been a really good weekend. Last night was Clemson’s football season opener against Georgia. Although both sons are …

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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 …

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Spiked Lobelia

Cat Gap Loop

This morning Phil and I hiked Cat Gap Loop. Having hiked this trail many times over the years, summer, fall, …

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Zoe at 3 Days

Early Arrival

Wednesday, August 7, our second DGD (darling granddaughter) decided she wanted to begin her life’s journey. She wasn’t expected until …

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Flame

Back on the Trail

Phil and I have enjoyed a great weekend back on the trail. After twisting my ankle the second week of …

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The World of Retail

About 6 or 8 months ago, I heard that Joann’s craft and fabric store was going to open a new …

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New Hatchling

New Hatchling!

One of the five finch eggs in the “left fern” hatched out late this afternoon. It is tiny and looks …

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Finch Families

Update on Finch Babies

So far, the five little finch eggs in the left fern have not hatched. The parents still tend the nest, …

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Elk Pasture Gap

Shut-In Trail: Pisgah to Elk Pasture Gap

Distance: 3.6 Miles Elevation Gain: 1364′ Difficulty: Strenuous (very steep) Today Phil took another Friday off and we hiked a …

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Hickory Nut Falls

Hickory Nut Gorge

Over the past few days, we have gotten a lot of rain in Western NC. We thought we would drive …

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