Feb. 16, 2023

A day outdoors. I started with a hike with Kodak, then we loaded kayaks, bikes and a picnic lunch and headed for Uwharrie.

We started on the forest service roads, me getting turned around and even dropping Rojo into a hole and getting up on three wheels, but we finally got on the water and paddled to a lunch spot. The wind kept us from getting to the far end today, but still nice to be on the water.

Then I took the chance to ride while Deb took a nap, I noticed a field of Daffodils way, and I mean WAY off the trail. I bush whacked to them.

Despite the tea pot in the first picture, I think this was a still site and not a homestead, I did find odd things, like an old, very old, shoe, and metal pieces, but no foundation or well remnants.

I was so far off the trail, it took a moment to find it again, but the flowers were worth it.

Aug. 28, 2022

There was a road behind the campsite and it looked promising, so we ventured up it, no idea there was a fire tower

It was nice to see Pongo with Flight of the Crowswing’s Tacoma again

and James and Elizabeth, the best adventuring couple in the world.

We stopped an owl, but he fly away

Settling on a branch too far away for good photos

While at the fire tower, we had cell service and I learned my mom had passed the night before.

My mom is the one that really got me started in camping and encouraged it. This is her in blue suit with her mom and sister (I’m in lower left corner) camping a Foley Beach State Park. I remember the family taking an RV on the beach at Apalachicola, sometimes 10 feet at a time as we moved boards from the back to the front. Through scouting and backpacking trips, she was always supportive… Rest in Peace!