Month: July 2019

July 29, 2019

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A metaphor for my day

July 28, 2019

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This is how I sleep, Deb is short and has space between her feet and the end of the bed, the dog instead chooses to sleep at my feet, so I have no space!

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Morning run.

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Saying goodbye!

Some numbers:

Nights Camping – 6
 
Miles Driven – 700+
 
Hikes – 7
 
Movies Watched in camp – 1.5
 
Quentin Tarantino premiere’s watch in a theater – 1
 
Homemade Lemon Pies by Elizabeth – 2
 
Bears seen – 2
 
Runs on trails – 3
 
Trucks stuck and recovered – 1
 
Hiking boots thrown in anger at and hitting Jay’s face – 1

 

July 27, 2019

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The Great Channels in SW Virginia. I hiked here a couple of years ago in the cold and snow, today was much warmer.

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It’s fun to explore the cracks and crevices.

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and a daughter to show scale

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these are the main “slots” – we explored trying to find more remote ones, but only got tangled in vines and bushes.

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Another fire tower I can’t climb (Middle Knob) and since I was here last, the care taker’s cabin is gone.

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Elizabeth recorded our track through the Channels

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One last sunset

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July 26, 2019

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Today was spent closer to camp, we started by hiking the Lakeside Trail around High Knob Lake.

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Kodak was happy to go in and out of the water

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Then we visited the High Flag Recreation Area overlooking Norton, VA for a picnic lunch

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Norton is a Bigfoot Sanctuary city, locals call it a Woodbooger

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and explored a bit

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we spent the next couple of hours driving forest service and dirt roads looking for hidden camp spots or whatever else we could find… this trail dead-ended and required a 10 point turn around

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The woods are full of these flowers, maybe an upside-down Cheetah Lily

 

Next up – going to see Once Upon A Time in Hollywood

July 25, 2019

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Today started with a hike to Devils Bathtub. This hike requires at least 11 creek crossings and had been on my to do list for years.

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Most pictures of Devils Bathtub show this turquoise pool, but it is a great swimming hole just 100 yards from the actual “bathtub”

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The “bathtub” is a 3 foot wide by 9+ feet deep pool at the base of a small waterfall.

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I tried to touch the bottom… it’s deep!

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The next stop, Stony Creek Waterfall

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This one is awesome, you can swim behind the falls!

My cooking success tonight – I melted Hersey Miniatures in a double boiler and poured over cheesecake and strawberries!

July 24, 2019

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Another day in the Jefferson National Forest and the Falls of Dismal

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We had the place to ourselves, we hiked up the creek, explored the rocks and I swam around to see if I could jump from the top (I couldn’t) This is a great spot on a warm day to swim and picnic!

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The afternoon was spent packing up camp to move further west, getting stuck behind an accident and waiting for Lifeflight (which circled and left) setting up a new camp, and visiting High Knob Lookout Tower for the sunset.

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Love

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I always tell my students, when photographing a sunrise or sunset, turn around and photograph what is being illuminated by the light!

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July 23, 2019

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Good morning from Jefferson National Forest, a rainy and foggy morning!

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The whole site! 2 Tacomas, a tear drop, Flippac and Sam’s tent.

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A cool log on the way to Cascades Falls.

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Fungi

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Cascades Falls

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the 4 wheel drive trail to Butt Mountain

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The fire tower was on top Butt Mountain, but you couldn’t climb to the cab.

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On the way down, we took a different trail and James slid into a hole,

on Butt Mountain : )

luckily Maxtrax worked again… no damage! (other than a mud flap)

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Keto Taco Tuesday. Chicken on bell peppers, cheese and sour cream.