Fall and Winter in the Mountains

/Fall and Winter in the Mountains

Getting Ready for Fall!

Usually, when we walk into this field the cows just stand and look at me. I always think they are wondering what I will do next, This super crazy lady is back! But that was not the case on Sunday evening. Suddenly, we had their full attention and they came running from the opposite end [...]

Seriously, Mt. Mitchell

Behind me is where Elisha Mitchell is buried. He dedicated his life to this mountain; and sadly, he died while trying to cross a waterfall near the mountain. He is also the person, who bushwhacked the Old Mt. Mitchell trail. Mt. Mitchell is one of those places that stands apart from the ordinary. It's dramatic [...]

Hiking Richland Balsam Mountain

During my trip to Balsam in July, I got this really wild and crazy idea—hike at least six of the over 6,000 peaks in North Carolina and Tennessee. There are supposed to be 40 of these. We've made a commitment to hiking six before the first of the year! So, far we have hiked four [...]

My Cocoa Joy

I'm so grateful that Cocoa is still with me. She's 13 and showing her age, but she still loves to go wherever I go. On this walk, I was struck with a couple of unchanging facts about this dog: She really wants to be with me, and she doesn't really care if anyone else is [...]

Whitewater Falls: First Hike of the Year

Whitewater Falls iced! I was really glad to make it to the first overlook, especially after finishing Chemo in mid-December. I told someone last week that the way you beat cancer is to refuse to give in or give up. The doctors have told me to do whatever I can do and keep doing it. [...]

New Year’s Day and Brasstown Valley Resort

Usually, we try to drive to Asheville, North Carolina, for New Year's Day but this year I didn't know if I would be too tired by the time we returned home. So we let go of Grove Park Inn and turned to Brasstown Valley Resort for a day of relaxing by the fire and doing [...]