Oct. 11, 2019


A cool little camp site, Neuseway Nature Park, I had the place almost to myself.


Morning view of Neuse River


Ridgemont Country Club are the Piedmont 40+ 3.5 singles team in the state championship in Goldsboro after winning the summer season.  We are 1-1 at the end of day 1 and in third place. I played #1 singles for both my matches and went 2-0.

My first match was odd, I was nervous and tight and my legs were literary shaking. I fell behind 4-1, before winning 11 straight games to win 6-4,6-0.

My second match started better, 6-0 but let him win 2 serves and break me before I won the second set 6-3


July 28, 2019


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!


Morning run.


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 25, 2019


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.


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


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


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


The next stop, Stony Creek Waterfall


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 23, 2019


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


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


A cool log on the way to Cascades Falls.




Cascades Falls


the 4 wheel drive trail to Butt Mountain


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


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)


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


July 14, 2019


Spanish moss and mountain bikes, I camped and raced at Poinsett State Park in the Spring but it was fun just riding the trails, completing the South Carolina trifecta, Harbison State Forest, FATS and Poinsett State Park a great weekend of riding.


While waiting to see where I was riding, I decided to figure out why I was flatting so much… looks like a hard hit to the rim at some point, I did bend it back.


After riding I decided to explore the dirt roads in the Manchester State Forest for a while.

July 3, 2019


A down day at camp… meaning I didn’t do anything but swim, nap, a short 5k run and plan our next trip


My attempt at Rustica pizza from Brixx. Artichokes, olives, prosciutto, and other things made at camp! Campmade?