Down Memory Lane: Pisgah Forest (July, 2009)

May 21, 2016

2009  -- Pisgah Forest

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In July, 2009, Betsy and I met my son Robert and his family in the Pisgah National Forest near Brevard, North Carolina.  We did some hiking in the Pink Beds and had a wonderful picnic lunch.

After lunch the young people (my son inclued) decided that they would like to check out Sliding Rock, a popular summer destination in the western North Carolina mountains.  As the name implies, Sliding Rock is a water slide down a smooth rock face.  Betsy and I volunteered to be the official photographers, so we had to miss out on the fun.

In the collage above, Sliding Rock is shown at the top left.  Robert, Sean and Zack are waiting their turn to slide down the rock (Sean looks a little unsure about what he’s gotten himself into).  The top right shows Robert and Sean going down the slide.

The bottom left photo was taken on the Blue Ridge Parkway later in the day, while another picture of Robert and Sean is on the bottom right.

To see larger versions of these pictures and others, click HERE.

Thoughts of Spring — Memories of that white stuff

March 14, 2016

Spring is now officially less than a week away, and some of us — myself included — are thinking of green grass, fragrant flowers and warm days.  We’re glad to leave Old Man Winter behind.

Others, however, (and I’m not mentioning any names)  are less happy to leave Winter behind.  As most of you know, my Beautiful Bride loves snow.  She really likes it when she can watch it snow through the day, and when it clings to trees and bushes.

Betsy says we never get enough snow here in the Glade, and I will admit that other places around here get more than we get.  But we do get snow, even if it’s not a memorable blizzard.

I put this slideshow together to help Betsy remember the snow we got year.  The pictures were all taken around our house or on our morning walks on the golf course.  Hopefully it will help her get through the long months before Old Man Winter pays us a return visit.

Grandfather Mountain

February 16, 2016

 

 

In November, 2012, Betsy and I spent a couple of days in the mountains of eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina.  One of the places we visited was Grandfather Mountain, not too far from Blowing Rock, North Carolina.

The day we visited Grandfather Mountain was beautiful, but cold.  The cold didn’t bother us too much as we started up the mountain, stopping at the Sphinx, Split Rock and the Wildlife Habitat on the way.  But by the time we reached the Mile High Swinging Bridge at the top, the wind was really blowing and it was cold, COLD, COLD!  The weather had been mlld previously, so we weren’t prepared for the cold.

We made it across the bridge nevertheless, although for some reason there weren’t a lot of people around.  After thawing out in the Visitor Center at the top, we headed back down the mountain for some warmer temperatures.

This slide show contains images taken that day during our visit to Grandfather Mountain.  We’ve been back since, but the weather was milder at that time.

If you would like to see these and other images taken during our visit to Grandfather Mountain, along with a caption for each image, click HERE.

Morning in the Glade

January 7, 2016

The break of day on Druid Hills Golf Course, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee.  January 5, 2016.

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Betsy and I are making a conscientious effort to stay healthy.  Our plan involves watching what we eat and trying to get in at least one long walk six days pr week.

Neither of us particular enjoys walking along the roads (there are no sidewalks in our area), so we much prefer walking the golf course.  That usually means getting up early so we can get our walk in before the golfers arrive.

On a cold, winter morning that is not always something to look forward to.  It’s hard to get up while it’s still dark and start trudging up those hills.  But on some mornings — this past Tuesday, for example — we are struck by the peaceful beauty of the place we are fortunate enough to call home.

Autumn in the Smokies

October 1, 2015

The Smoky Mountains as seen from the Foothills Parkway.  October 23, 2012.

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Betsy and I make it to the Smokies several times each year, since we only live a couple of hours away.  We both think the Smokies make a wonderful day trip, although we do try to avoid the times and places that have the most tourists.

However the Smokies always call our names in October, so we venture out a time or two each year to take in the colors.  The pictures in this post come from a day trip we made several years ago.  On that trip we traveled along the Foothills Parkway, which offers wonderful views of the mountains from just outside the park itself.

The panorama above shows the Smokies from one of the first overlooks we came across.  From this vantage point it’s easy to see why Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the nation’s most visited park.

Trees showing off their vibrant colors along the Foothills Parkway.  October 23, 2015.

A closer look brings out the vibrant colors that bring so many people to this part of Tennessee each year.

Orange leaves against a blue Tennessee sky.  October 23, 2012.

A single branch can be a riot of color.

The beauty of a single leaf.  Foothills Parkway, October 23, 2012.

Looking even closer, we can see the beauty of a single leaf.  Is it any wonder we keep going back year after year?

Down Memory Lane: Kuta Beach, Bali

June 25, 2015

1987 -- Kuta Beach

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I spent most of the summer of 1987 teaching in the People’s Republic of China, but before beginning our teaching duties our group was able to spend four days on the island of Bali.

We stayed at Kuta Beach Resort, which seemed like the perfect island paradise to this farm boy from Indiana.  All of these photos were taken at the resort.  The images are scans from slides taken in 1987.

To see larger versions of these pictures and others, click HERE.

Skywatch Friday: Beach Skies

April 23, 2015
The sea and sky at Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina.  January 26, 2015.

The sea and sky at Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina. January 26, 2015.

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This is my post for Skywatch Friday, a meme for sharing views of the sky from all over the world.  To see more, or to join and share your own photos of the sky, click HERE.

There is, to me, something special about the sky and the ocean together.  It may be that the ocean magnifies the beauty of the sky.  White clouds in a beautiful sky above the sea reminds of the glories of God’s creation.

A fog bank casts sparkling light on the horizon.  Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina.

A fog bank casts sparkling light on the horizon. Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina.

A fog bank out at sea causes the morning sunlight to sparkle on the horizon.

Morning light in the sky and on the beach, Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina.  January 27, 2015.

Morning light in the sky and on the beach, Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina. January 27, 2015.

Morning on another day is announced by a fiery red sky and reflections on the sand.

Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, pier in the morning light.  January 29, 2015.

Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, pier in the morning light. January 29, 2015.

Sunrise on our last morning at the beach gave us a silhouette of the Ocean Isle Beach pier with the red sky reflected in the water.

Our World: The Road to Yellowstone

April 6, 2015
The Hoback River, Wyoming.  September 18, 2012.

The Hoback River, Wyoming. September 18, 2012.

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This is my post for the Our World meme.  This meme is a second generation of My World Tuesday created by Klaus Peter and is hosted by three wonderful ladies.  To learn more about our world or to join and share your part of the world, click HERE.

When Betsy and I drove from Rocky Mountain National Park to Yellowstone National Park in September, 2012, the trip took us through parts of Colorado and Wyoming that we hadn’t visited before.  Part of the time we traveled through Wyoming’s Medicine Bow National Forest and along the Hoback River.

The Hoback River, Wyoming.  September 18, 2012.

The Hoback River, Wyoming. September 18, 2012.

While we were eager to get to Yellowstone, the scenery was so pretty that we ended up stopping several times just to enjoy the view.  The Hoback River is not very deep, but the water was pretty and clear.

The Hoback River, Wyoming.  September 18, 2012.

The Hoback River, Wyoming. September 18, 2012.

I’m sure we could have made the trip in less time if we hadn’t stopped to enjoy the view and get photos.  But looking at these pictures now, the extra time on the road was very well worthwhile.

 

Spring Has Sprung

March 26, 2015

2015 -- FFG Spring Flowers (March Daffodils)

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In the last few days we’ve had beautiful weather and Spring bulbs have burst into bloom.  We have several varieties of daffodils in our flower beds, and these have all brightened our days this week.

Unfortunately, we’re predicted to have two nights of below-freezing temperatures Friday and Saturday.  We can only hope we have some of these blossoms around on Sunday morning.

Our World: Trimming Damaged Trees

March 16, 2015
Can you see him up in the tree?  Getting damaged trees trimmed.  Fairfield Glade, Tennessee.  March 2, 2015

Can you see him up in the tree? Getting damaged trees trimmed. Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. March 2, 2015

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This is my post for the Our World meme.  This meme is a second generation of My World Tuesday created by Klaus Peter and is hosted by three wonderful ladies.  To learn more about our world or to join and share your part of the world, click HERE.

In my last post, I told about the week of storms we had February 17 – 23.  If you missed that post, you can see it HERE.

Once we got our electricity back on, our biggest concern was the broken tree tops dangling from the trees around our house.  Fortunately we were able to get a crew to do the work very efficiently.

One of the men was apparently unafraid of heights (as you can see from the photo above), and scampered up to the breaks and began to cut them free so they could be lowered to the ground.  While he was up there he even admired the view he had of the mountains in the distance.  I was happy he was up the tree, and not me.

A closer look at the man in the tree.  March 2, 2015.

A closer look at the man in the tree. March 2, 2015.

He had to climb three trees to clean up all the breaks.  In each case the branches were lowered to the ground where they were cut into smaller pieces so they could be moved more easily.

The truck loaded with cut-up tree tops ready to be hauled away.  Fairfield Glade, Tennessee.  March 2, 2015.

The truck loaded with cut-up tree tops ready to be hauled away. Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. March 2, 2015.

Finally the smaller pieces were loaded onto their truck and hauled away.  As you can see, they had quite a load when they were finished.  Now it’s up to Betsy and me to get all the remaining small branches and twigs cleaned up.  I don’t think we’ll be bored.


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