Point of View Quilt

Point of View

Quick Project with (nearly) Instant Gratification

This block pattern, designed by Terri Vanden Bosch, won the 2016 Accuquilt GO! Block Design contest. It is complicated enough to be show worthy, while at the same time, small enough to complete in a couple of days.  Her fabric choices were not something I would have thought of, but they really work well within the block.

Point of View

Point of View Quilt
Point of View Quilt
Point of View Quilt
Point of View Quilt
Point of View Quilt
Point of View Quilt
Point of View Quilt
Point of View Quilt

Mt. LeConte, 2017

Trail:  Alum Cave

Trip # 27 – November 9 – 22, 2017

  • Trail: Alum Cave Trail
  • Hiking Time Going Up: 3 hours 7 minutes
  • Hiking Time Coming Down: 2 hours 15 minutes

This year we decided to hike up and down Alum Cave Trail. Due to trail closures, we haven’t gotten to hike this trail many times in the past few years. We got on the trail a little later than usual (around 11 am). It was very foggy with a heavy mist — just enough to get soaked.

Hurricane Irma had come through the Smokys a few weeks earlier and we found a lot of damage. There were lots of trees that had been blown over and these trees snapped other trees as they fell. Just from what we could see from the trail, there must have been over 30 downed trees. Crews had done a great job, however, on getting the trees cut away and the trail reopened.

Our hike up was a steady slog through the mist. There were no views through the fog.

At the top, our cabin was warm from the lp heater and we quickly changed into dry clothes and went to the dinning hall to get coffee and hot chocolate.

Friday was a beautiful day. We had breakfast and then walked out to Myrtle Point. It was warm on the rocks and a bit out of the wind. We also walked down Rainbow Falls trail to the Bullhead Junction. Our goal was to see if we could get part of the way down the Bullhead to see the fire damage from last year but we couldn’t get past the trail junction. Then, we hiked the loop to Chimney Tops.  It was beginning to get crowded on the rock face so we didn’t stay for the sunset.

We got on the trail early Saturday. It was game day after all. We made it home in plenty of time before the 3:30 kickoff of the Clemson game.

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MTS – Little Sam – Flat Laurel Creek Loop

Park where the Mountains to the Sea Trail intersects Hwy 215 north of the Blueridge Parkway and hike east on the Mountains to the Sea Trail. Hike a little over 2 miles and fork left on Little Sam Knob trail. Hike for approximately 1.5 miles to the intersection of the Flat Laurel Creek Trail and take a left. Hike back down to Hwy 215.

As the summers here in the south are hot and humid, we try to find trails that are as high in the air as possible. Most of this loop is over a mile in elevation making this a good “hot weather” hike.

  • Distance: 6.4 miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 794 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Check out my activity on AllTrails.https://t.co/vLDcgQd5Bd

— Sandy Rumsey (@SandyRumsey) July 15, 2017

Pilot Rock from Pisgah Inn Parking Lot

The idea was to plan a 2 hour hike during the cool morning hours up high somewhere where it wouldn’t be quite as hot. We thought this hike would fill the bill but we were wrong in our memory about the length and the time involved.

The hike begins at the Pisgah Inn parking lot and follows the Mountains to the Sea trail behind the workers quarters toward Mt. Pisgah.  At 0.64 miles, take a right turn toward Pilot Rock.

  • Distance: 5.7 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1516′
  • Difficulty: Difficult

You climb about 250 feet over Little Bald Mtn from the junction and then begin your descent down to Pilot Rock. We walked 2.8 miles before we decided to turn around and go back.  We stopped just short of reaching our goal because it was taking longer than we had anticipated. The total duration of our hike was 2 hours and 44 minutes.

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— Sandy Rumsey (@SandyRumsey) July 8, 2017

Sluice Boxes State Park

Sluice Boxes State Park is located at 38 Evans Riceville Rd., Belt, MT — Latitude/Longitude: (47.212 / -110.935). The 7.5 mile trail begins at Riceville bridge and hikes along soaring cliffs and precipitous ledges.  Remains of mines, a railroad, and historic cabins line Belt Creek as it makes its way through the canyon carved in limestone.

We drove to the trail terminus at the top of the canyon and hiked a few hundred yards before the cliffs got too dangerous for the kids. Then, we drove down to the trail head at the river and the kids swam in the river while Phil, Jake and I explored part of the trail.

Mountain View Trail

North 40 Hike

Morning hike by myself. I hiked clockwise the Mountain View Trail Loop and the North 40 “T” in 1 hour and 12 minutes. I stopped and took a lot of pictures along the way.  Of course, I had to take pictures of flowers as well as the landscape.  I uploaded the hike on my Ramblr account. To see all of the stats, click on the post on the right.

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— Sandy Rumsey (@SandyRumsey) June 24, 2017

North 40 Sunrise

Sunrise on June 24, 2017

Well, it’s a few days past the summer solstice, but I finally remembered that I wanted a picture of the sunrise to document how far the sun swings to the north over the Castles.  It looks like the sun goes just to the right of the big knob.

Bridger Mountains

Good Morning from the North 40

Good morning Montana!  The temperature at 11 am is 66 degrees and it is a glorious sunny day. The wind is blowing steadily. All of the grasses are beginning to go to seed and it looks so pretty blowing in the breeze. Hopefully, today, we can open the house up.