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What a great North Carolina hike!

For the sake of no comments, I'm going to call this hike the trail to Pickens Ridge! (It's really Pickens Nose) LOL! I've been here before as you will read at the end of this post but not in heavy clouds. That's where we found ourselves on Saturday afternoon—hiking through the clouds. It was fantastic. [...]

The Elk at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center

After I started following photographer Deborah Scannell and saw her photos of the Elk in the southern Appalachian mountains, I was convinced that I could capture a photo of them, too. Not as nicely done as her, of course, but still I could make an attempt. A couple of weeks ago, I did just that [...]

Goodbye, Black Balsam . . . for now.

  I can't get enough of the Blue Ridge Parkway that runs through North Carolina and over to Eastern Tennessee. We climbed Black Balsam Knob again on this last trip and I think it is still my favorite hike simply because it is beautiful. It is the one mountain over 6K that we keep returning [...]

By |2019-10-07T07:06:55-07:00September 30th, 2019|Blue Ridge Parkway, Memories, North Carolina, The Company of Friends|0 Comments

Frying Pan Mountain!

Here's a look at the trail for Frying Pan Mountain. The week before Labor Day Weekend had been full to overflowing. We were tired after packing and leaving behind the Tugaloo River and Sunset Paddle. I asked myself, "How could one week contain so much?" Finally, obligations were behind us, and we headed north to [...]

By |2019-09-07T05:58:35-07:00September 7th, 2019|Blue Ridge Parkway, Memories, North Carolina, The Company of Friends|0 Comments

Rewind: Wayah Bald

So, to continue a month or rather summer of anniversaries, we recently returned to Wayah Bald. As we were easily walking up the pathway that was home to bunnies and wild flowers, I remembered that this was the first place I walked/hiked after chemo. We were here on June 18, 2018! I also remembered how [...]

Storms, Water Falls, and Views

Before I leave the subject of the Blue Ridge Parkway for a few weeks (or less), I want to share some parting shots—photography only. The last day of our last trip to Balsam found us chasing destinations not too far away from the house. These were places we said we would visit, but time had [...]