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Oct. 15, 2017

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A sign along a morning bike ride on gravel and dirt roads.

(Photo by Jay Capers)

Then off to find a waterfall I looked for before, but didn’t get to.

Thunderhole Falls – Hike #42

(Photo by Jay Capers)

The trail to the falls is unmarked and requires a little bush whacking.

(Photo by Jay Capers)

But worth the effort.

(Photo by Jay Capers)

This is only the top, it has a lower fall section too.

(Photo by Jay Capers)

Remember the bushwhacking part? This is the climb up, I don’t know if we could have made it without the rope!

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after the hike we went driving looking for color and dirt roads. Old NC 105 follows a ridge and includes this overlook of Linville Gorge at Wiseman’s View.

 

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Sept. 16 and 17, 2017

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I wanted to try something new this weekend – instead of Photos of Day, I wanted to create a Vlog or Video Blog post. I didn’t take any pictures, only video. I made a bunch of mistakes, and edited this is less than 2 hours after unpacking, but here it is….  CLICK TO WATCH THE VIDEO

Sam and I backpacked this beautiful loop in the Pisgah National Forest. Starting at NC 215 we joined the Mountain to Sea Trail, past Devils Courthouse, Art Loeb Trail to Black Balsam Knob, Sam Knob Trail to Flat Laurel Creek Trail to NC 215 and back to the truck! Hike #36 and #37 of #52hikechallenge

Aug. 21, 2017

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The day started bright and clear skies (we made a great choice) we did a quick hike – Hike #30 of #52hikechallenge on the Upper Chattooga River trail.

After the hike, we claimed the big rock in the middle of the river and I feel asleep on my blanket under a bright blue sky. I awoke an hour later with a chill to a completely gray sky –  (we made the wrong choice)

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Even in the cloudy woods, as total eclipse started, the woods got as dark as night! This picture is only the start, I gave up it was so dark!

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After totality, the sun broke through the clouds for some pictures – it was still so cloudy, this is without a filter!

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as the eclipse continued, we saw more and more…

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Even Kodak was protected!

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James, Beth and my family. We may have missed seeing the totality, but had a blast, experienced the feeling of totality, and enjoyed the long drive home on small back roads, following the Gazetteer.

June 24, 2017

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The day was spent working, replacing wood, stucco work, etc.

Tonight Sam and I tried a short hike from Cone Manor to a field for the sunset. Folks showed up and we had a half dozen folks to watch tonight.

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The dog was happy in head high grass.

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The sun set and everyone left….

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we waited for the bounce. Only one other couple stayed for this part of the sunset!

May 28, 2017

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The end of the road (beach) on the South Banks.

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Sam

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or just the Tacomas

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the tide was perfect for shell hunting

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Then over to the lighthouse

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We cooked dinner and watched the sunset

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Shrimp boats

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Then we headed back to find a place to camp for our 6:30am ferry.

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Well crap, thunderstorm warning, lightning, and wind. We slept (or tried) in the truck cab till about 12:30am and gave up and set-up the Flippacs.

Click to see a Video of Trip