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2018 Hiking Log

My 2018 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.

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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More Progress Pictures

We just received some progress pictures of the house project. Compared to the huge sky and view around the house, it looks so tiny sitting out there all alone. It was great seeing the dry wall inside. The best and most exciting picture is taken from inside showing the view out the 3 windows of “The Crazies” in the background.

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Progress Pictures

We got a few progress pictures on the Montana house today.  The windows and doors are in! Looks like the builder is getting the rock ready for the fireplace too. He sent a couple of pictures of the stone.  Looked good to me 🙂 With the house now in the dry, we should begin to see some of the cosmetic …

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2014 Aqs Charlotte37

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 …

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Progress Report

Looks like the “little box on the prairie” project is moving along nicely. The porch rafters are going in and most of the windows are hung. The firebox is in with the flew and the plumbing is on track. It should look great for Phil’s first sighting in September.

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July 25, 2014

I guess it is a good thing that Chimney Rock State Park is so popular. To view the Chimney and get the most out of the park, you have to climb a whole lot of stairs. The forced exercise is all part of the experience. Today, I waited until around 11 am to go the park and the line at …

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Pisgahinn Lite

Pisgah Inn Retreat

Once again, we took a few days and ran away to one of our favorite hide outs, Pisgah Inn. Going to the inn for a few days is a great retreat from the usual busy-ness of our life. We eat all of our meals in the Inn’s restaurant. Their daily specials are exquisite with a mix of surprising flavors. On …

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July 15 Update

We received a few pictures of the outside of our “Little Box on the Prairie.” It looks like the windows are inside the main room. The guy that took the pictures took them at a low resolution, so they are a bit small. Every little addition brings new excitement!  Looks like the porch roof is going on.  When that is …

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Deer at Chimney Rock

Sightings at Chimney Rock

Every once in awhile you get come across a neat little creature.  This doe and fawn was so peaceful until I interrupted them.

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July 4, 2014

Mt. Cammerer is also known as Sharp Top or White Top. The Appalachian Trail traverses it’s south slope and is part of the Smoky Mountain National Park system. Elevation 4928′. We began our trek up Mt. Cammerer at the Cosby, TN Campground in the Hiker’s Parking Lot (else you will get a ticket). This adds about 1/2 mile to the trek. This is …

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