Here's another quick and easy thing to do on a Sunday afternoon—walk the Hardman Farm trail to Helen. We've been wanting to walk it for a while now, but winter rains literally washed part of it away. Thankfully, it was still "walkable" when we went there a few weeks ago. I did a little bit [...]
One of the "wintering" things I continue to do is to visit rural historic church. There is a guy who does this and actually gets inside the churches to photograph the interiors. You can visit his website here and also purchase his really cool book on the site or on Amazon. Honestly, I just follow [...]
We found rime ice (frost that has formed on cold objects by the rapid freezing of water vapor in cloud or fog) but that's all. So, the good news is this: it was not raining last Saturday, but the bad news is that it was super cold. At Neel Gap, we had wind gusts up [...]
Such a familiar scene. Notice that because of all the rain, photos are now being taken inside! This is of the Old Sautee Store, of course. They keep a fire going in the fireplace all winter. In fact, when we walked in a woman, who worked there was tossing another log on the fire. By [...]
Last weekend, we drove up to find a location along the Chattooga River that I had wanted to visit for a long time—Woodall Shoals. It is a deadly Class 4 rapid.
Last year, I was not strong enough to travel to Grove Park to celebrate New Year's, because I was still recovering from Chemo. But this year was different. The Inn was beautiful as usual. Surprise: the fireplace was still there! LOL! Nothing had changed except the Inn is now owned by the OMNI group. Not [...]
The main thing I have learned about being around cows is that they are curious. The second thing I have learned is that they are very social. I call the cow on the right Bosco! I named her that after the chocolate syrup I loved as a child and the syrup my parents grew up [...]
Highlands is always a peaceful destination for us, and we were sure that it would be a quiet retreat from the hurried pace of Christmas—since it was "Christmas past." We were so wrong. This was once a town that closed during the winter and all "the snow birds" went south to Florida. No more! They [...]