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
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 … Continue reading Chimney Rock
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.
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, you will have to … Continue reading Trombotore Trail
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 … Continue reading Green Knob
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. Distance: 3.0 miles to Buckhorn Gap Shelter (6 miles RT) Elevation Gain: 1100 feet Difficulty: Moderate … Continue reading Buckhorn Gap
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 … Continue reading Twin Falls
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, you will have to … Continue reading Trombatore Trail
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 … Continue reading Mt LeConte 2014
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.
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 … Continue reading Howling Halloween
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 … Continue reading Sacajawea Peak – Bridger Range
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.
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 … Continue reading AQS Quilt Week in Charlotte NC
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 … Continue reading Chimney Rock
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 … Continue reading Pisgah Inn Retreat
Mom and new little fawn with wobbly legs. Every once in awhile you get come across a neat little creature. This doe and fawn was so peaceful until I interrupted them.
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 … Continue reading Mt. Cammerer
Park in the Hatchery Parking Lot and begin the Cat Gap Loop trail hiking counter clockwise. You will walk past Picklesimer Fields. Continue on this trail bearing right toward Cat Gap at the intersection of the shortcut cut-off trail. When you get to Cat Gap, turn sharply to the right on the Art Loeb. In about … Continue reading Cedar Rock
This picture was taken from 7th Avenue in Bozeman, MT looking toward the Bridger Mountain Range.
We got a call from the builder Sunday. Apparently, the well drillers had spent a few days drilling for water at the spot that Mr. Bandy (Dowser) had indicated that we would find water. The drillers drilled 400 feet and only found 2 gal/minute. That flow isn't enough. The builder made the call to go … Continue reading We Have Water