The Company of Friends

/The Company of Friends

Destination: Wayah Bald, North Carolina

We started out with a destination of Franklin, North Carolina thinking it would be fun to go a Scottish Festival. The real action happened earlier in the day, and we were left to wander through a half vacant city. But we purchased hiking shorts and shoes and other things. This city is not far from [...]

Underwater!

Indian Island in the center of the backwaters of Lake Hartwell is almost underwater. We paddled out to it recently and just sat and talked about all that has happened over the past year. This time last June, I was clueless about having cancer. The discovery and the operation hit just after July 4! Then [...]

Rambling through north Georgia

We had a surprise moment last weekend as we traveled to the end of Betty's Creek Road in Clayton County. We came up on waterfalls! I really needed a "water" moment and these were lush, quiet, and beautiful! They were located on the grounds of a retreat center that has cabins for rent. The pathways [...]

2018 Tugaloo River Paddle

Last year, I had no way of knowing whether I would be able to paddle The Tugaloo River History Tour this year or not. A serious brush with cancer, chemo treatments, and recovery (that I'm still going through) zapped my strength. But guess what? I kept paddling through! Perfect Days are never perfect but [...]

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 [...]

Longnose Falls

We were able to paddle out from a friend's house on the back or head waters of Lake Hartwell. Really, this and the Tugaloo River is the very beginning of the Lake. Yesterday, the temperatures were warm enough but the wind was, once again, ruthless! It seems like every time we paddle, we are paddling [...]

What’s the big deal? Plenty!

Some people may ask, "What's the big deal? You go out on the river all the time with your kayak." But recently and especially over the last nine months, I haven't. In fact, this is the first time the kayak has hit the water since my operation and cancer diagnosis. In the beginning I was [...]