Spring and Summer in the Mountains

/Spring and Summer in the Mountains

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 [...]

Return to Black Balsam on Our Way to Tennent Mountain

Some people ask why I'm hiking these mountain peaks in North Carolina. I hike because I want people to know that life does not end with Chemo. Yes, I still have side effects from the treatments. My joints ache and my feet are numb at times, but I refuse to let  adversity prevent me from [...]

Let’s Hike Tennent Mountain!

This past weekend we all pitched in and helped to get the Balsam house open and ready to be "base camp" for our hike to Tennent Mountain; and, hopefully, Max Patch. For a while rain was coming down pretty hard but that did not dampen our spirits. I love screen doors! I once added a [...]

Testing the Hike

This past Saturday we hiked to Pickens Nose in North Carolina. The hike departs from the trailhead along the gravel-paved Forestry Road 83 (view maps and driving directions), southeast of where the Appalachian Trail crosses FR83 at Mooney Gap. The trail wanders southbound, climbing up through a hardwood forest filled with gnarly-branched rhododendron and mountain [...]

Never Photographed a Pig Before!

I've photographed a lot of things—a lot of people from all walks of life, lots of sports moments, lots of beauty in our country and abroad, but I have never photographed a herd of pigs and I wasn't disappointed! They lived up to being everything I have heard but really so much more. They're very [...]