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We loved Craggy Pinnacle!

This is a very fun, little hike that is simply beautiful. You feel  like you need a jacket in September in the parking area but by the time you are on the top, you are warm. We met people from Asheville and other places and talked—even in this time of pandemic there was joy. We [...]

Why I hike . . . because I can’t stop!

On top of Yonah Mountain in Georgia. Before I was diagnosed with cancer, I had this really crazy dream where I was running—not running away from something but running toward something—fast. I wasn't just running; I was competing. I was an elite athlete—strong, sure footed, and brave. Then came my cancer diagnosis and operation. I [...]

The things that make me smile on Black Balsam!

This time we noticed some really funny things on the trail. Like this practically new left-behind shoe. Someone even placed it on the sign that asks us to help keep the trail open! Notice that the greens of summer are fading quickly. A hula hoop! Who knows what on earth this is doing here—over 6K [...]

By |2020-10-11T17:12:15-07:00October 10th, 2020|Fall and Winter in the Mountains, Memories, North Carolina|0 Comments

Asters by our Brookside

A few weeks ago, Pat and I discovered this little field of Asters in North Carolina. At the time, I refused to photograph it because I know that Asters are Anne's favorite. We were able to revisit the area recently, and this time Anne came along. (Smile) It's located in the Standing Indian Gap area—on [...]

Fun with an ND Filter at Anna Ruby Falls

I'm still trying to learn how to use with my ND filter. And from the weather forecast, it looks like I'll have plenty of chances over the next few days with more clouds and rain heading our way. This is when you should use these filters with the greatest success—with overcast skies. But even though [...]

Winter at Whitewater Falls

Whitewater falls in North Carolina is spectacular any time of the year! The walk is easy but there are steps down—many and that can make this short trail difficult for some. I haven't been to these falls since January 2018, and this visit was quite different.  Two years ago, I had just completed chemo and [...]

Wesser Bald at Tellico Gap along the AT!

It was absolutely fun to start Saturday's hiking in snow—even though it was a day old. The mountains are in the middle of a deep winter, but spring is close. On this day, the goal was to hike to the top of Wesser Bald,  located north of Franklin, North Carolina. From Tellico Gap, it is [...]

Brasstown Falls and then BBQ

This is a fun little adventure! A short moderately trafficked quarter-mile hike takes you to a series of waterfalls that really will take your breath away. Oconee County in South Carolina contains 150 waterfalls. The Cherokee name literally means "land beside the water." Brasstown Waterfalls (South Carolina) has been a favorite destination for a long [...]