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
Tailhead: Park at the Rough Butt Bald Overlook and walk across the Parkway to the Mountains to the Sea Trail. This section of the MTS runs parallel to the Parkway for several hundred yards before it forks right into the Middle Prong Wilderness proper. Rough Butt Bald Overlook Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 425.4 Elevation: 5300' … Continue reading Mt. Hardy – Green Knob
Living near the Biltmore House in Asheville has it's advantages. Bloom reports are sent periodically to all season pass holders. This week's bloom report was all about the roses. They are gorgeous. Walking out of the green houses, you immediately smell their aroma. Your blood pressure lowers and everything slows down. I imagine what it … Continue reading Sunday at the Biltmore
Apparently our homeowners association has found an architect to handle the replacement of our gatehouse. It was just a tiny little nothing shack with fancy rock work. Having a high powered architect seems a little "overkill." But, since the county water department knocked it down, I guess they are paying and our HOA isn't that … Continue reading Wolfpen Gatehouse Update
Three of my sewing patterns for dolls were just featured on this week's newsletter publication from YouCanMakeThis.com! This is huge in the doll clothes market! So excited. You can find my patterns featured on etsy.com, craftsy.com and youcanmakethis.com as well as my own website at bonnetsandbums.com. The next big thing is to get these ebooks on … Continue reading My Patterns Were Featured
White Sulphur Springs, Montana is a small town with a population of approximately 960 people as of 2012. The town's well tended cemetery is located just a block from Main Street. We were in town over the Memorial Day weekend and were humbled by what we saw there. Several hundred flag topped crosses lined the … Continue reading Memorial Day at White Sulphur Springs
Over 10 years ago, our family decided that we wanted to build on our dream of a small home in the Montana Rocky Mountains. It has taken years, but finally we broke ground on our house yesterday, Phil's 59th birthday. We kept our start date a secret from our sons until the shovels began to … Continue reading And So … It Begins