Pattern: bunny girl in a dotty dressby: Julie Williams Published in: Little Cotton Rabbits (on Ravalry) I fell in love with these little knitted bunnies. I knitted several of them for the little "Grands" for Easter. But, I can't stop. I'll be knitting more of these as times go along with seasonal clothes as the seasons … Continue reading Easter Bunnies
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 … Continue reading Spring at Biltmore
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 … Continue reading Redbuds
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. Avery Creek Loop
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, … Continue reading I Counted the Steps!
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 … Continue reading February Ski Trip at the North 40
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 … Continue reading Chimney Rock
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.
November 12-14, 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 … Continue reading North Forty, September 2015
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 … Continue reading Godspeed
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. Bridger Mtns
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 … Continue reading Alum Cave Trail
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 … Continue reading National Park Pillows
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 … Continue reading Happy Birthday National Park System!
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. View of Charlie's Bunion
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: ARROWLEAF BALSAMROOT This … Continue reading June in Montana
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.
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. Bluets Common Blue Violet Star Chickweed Barren … Continue reading NC Wildflowers
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 … Continue reading Freedom Trail
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 … Continue reading Chimney Rock
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 … Continue reading Big Creek Trail
Regarding an opinion piece published in Yahoo Finance, "Why Elizabeth Warren Is A Threat to America’s Growth," Luke had some interesting comments. He said ... 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 … Continue reading Luke’s Losers …
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 … Continue reading Greenbriar Cove at Porter’s Creek
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 … Continue reading Cambridge Snowmageddon 2015