For years, my friend Beth (in the background) has been telling me about Max Patch. She has hiked it with her family, and I finally told her, "Let's do it." I'm still in recovery from Chemo, but that isn't stopping me, especially on good days. And last Thursday was a very good day! We [...]
Beth mentioned we could see Elk at Cataloochee in the Great Smoky National Park, and I immediately said, "Let's go." I love Native American names and places so I thought this would be fun. According to the National Park website, Elk once roamed the southern Appalachian mountains as freely has they did anywhere else in [...]
I learned a lot about the Balds along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Most were man-made when they stripped the lumber off the areas and the "locomotives" removing the lumber sent sparks flying in the nearby forests. The result was complete devastation. On one side the rocky view of the Devil's Courthouse. On the other side [...]
The view from the trail going up to Waterrock Knob. The day before I chose to hike up Black Balsam Bald because it was an easier trek to the top and this trail was "strenuous." After friends arrived, I forgot the description of Waterrock Knob trail and without thinking said, "That sounds like fun!" The [...]
Whitewater Falls iced! I was really glad to make it to the first overlook, especially after finishing Chemo in mid-December. I told someone last week that the way you beat cancer is to refuse to give in or give up. The doctors have told me to do whatever I can do and keep doing it. [...]
On Saturday, we revisited Mirror Lake outside of Highlands, North Carolina, and discovered a place where residents can pull their canoes up and leave them. I'm sure many return often at sunset and paddle out into the lake. They were all over the shoreline placed beneath Balsam trees and Rhododendron. One look at this pretty [...]
Yesterday, we visited a really wonderful place: Chattooga Belle Farms. It was perfect! The weather was wonderful—a light breeze—and plenty of summer sunshine. We decided to have lunch and then work our way to Highlands, North Carolina, where we visited plant nurseries to buy flowers for our yards. I'm having to get used to working [...]
Heading out to the Super Bowl? Then be sure to take a cow with you. And if not, be sure to cheer for the Atlanta Falcons!