The Company of Friends

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Sunday in the Country

On this Sunday, we decided to stay close to home and take Chip to see CeCe. While she was super sweet, he lost his brains and barked at her. Poor CeCe; she had to settle for us petting her through the fence. She's grown and still beautiful—just so much bigger! The babies watched us from [...]

Life above 6,000 feet

Waterrock Knob holds a special place in my heart. It was my first "real" over 6,000 foot hike after cancer and chemo! Looks like I could have chosen another hike to begin with; but looking back, I feel like this was the place God had for me. Made for the Mountains! . . . as [...]

Local Walk and Fall Leaves

Sunday afternoon was spent walking along a roadbed on what we call "the South Carolina side of the Tugaloo River." We have often wanted to hike this trail to the dam, but we still did not make it. There was a stream near the end that we could not cross on foot. This is a [...]

Albert Mountain: Right on the Appalachian Trail!

Even thought summer is over, it is still all about the views and the hike. It was much colder and the first thing we encountered on our way up to Albert Mountain was a shallow stream crossing. I remember after climbing Fry Pan Mountain and the fire tower there, saying that the next thing I [...]

A Corps Visit!

Enjoyed spending time with Sandy Campbell, who is with the Army Corps of Engineers and her associate along with Kelly Vickers. I sat in awe and amazement as I listened to them talk about the Cherokee Indians that once lived along the Tugaloo River. They also talked about Indian artifacts along the river. There was [...]

Friday’s Sunny: Quick Head North!

Obviously, I can't bring myself to say goodbye to the Blue Ridge Parkway this year. I keep returning and that's okay. It seems so odd to think that a roadway as beautiful and well-know as this Parkway will be closed during the winter and inaccessible,  but this is what happens. Around Thanksgiving or at the [...]

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 [...]