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At Home in the Woods!

Last week, I headed up to hike a trail near Wayah Gap, but failed to find the hike to the top of Siler Bald. (Someone had stolen the Forestry Road sign!) But I did visit another area where I could pull out the camera. It was Wilson Lick Ranger Station, which was built in 1916. [...]

The Drama of the Blue Ridge Parkway!

On the dramatic Blue Ridge Parkway . . . hope it's literally not the last day or week for this year. But I know snow and ice will suddenly appear and the gates will close! This was taken on my first day in Waynesville, NC, over a week ago. I rushed to drop my bags [...]

Rainy hike to the historic Green Knob Lookout Tower

This really was a nice hike and one that we can say we did! While the photos are not sunny and bright, they are a record for me that we were there and found this truly one-of-a-kind lookout tower. The trail to Green Knob Lookout Tower is listed on the National Register of Historic Places [...]

We loved Craggy Pinnacle!

This is a very fun, little hike that is simply beautiful. You feel  like you need a jacket in September in the parking area but by the time you are on the top, you are warm. We met people from Asheville and other places and talked—even in this time of pandemic there was joy. We [...]

The things that make me smile on Black Balsam!

This time we noticed some really funny things on the trail. Like this practically new left-behind shoe. Someone even placed it on the sign that asks us to help keep the trail open! Notice that the greens of summer are fading quickly. A hula hoop! Who knows what on earth this is doing here—over 6K [...]

Asters by our Brookside

A few weeks ago, Pat and I discovered this little field of Asters in North Carolina. At the time, I refused to photograph it because I know that Asters are Anne's favorite. We were able to revisit the area recently, and this time Anne came along. (Smile) It's located in the Standing Indian Gap area—on [...]

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