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Oct. 22, 2017

(Photo by Jay Capers)

I headed to Moore County for a road ride with friends then stopped at Bear Creek Trails in Robbins for a hike. #44 #52hikechallenge

(Photo by Jay Capers)

My series, Clay taking pictures of things got an upgrade, no more cell phone as Clay upgraded to the Sony A6000

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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.

Aug. 6, 2017

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Vacation Day 9

Hike #28 #52hikechallenge High Knob Trail to fire tower

We packed up camp in the morning and headed back up 33 to the trail head for one last hike.

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The group.

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Again what won’t Clay do for a picture?

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Moth Macro

After the hike we had a picnic lunch at the the roadside overlook and said our goodbyes!

What a relaxing and fun week of camping and exploring with friends!

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Till next year…

Aug. 5, 2017

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Vacation Day 8

More trail riding, this time north of State Route 33

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What Clay won’t do for a picture!

Clay sent me a few photos from the day – “Oh What A Felling”

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My front wheel drops into a hole…

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I think I can get a better picture of my truck from here…

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Thanks for the share Clay!

Aug. 4, 2017

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Vacation Day 7

The day started with some pew pew (or bang) Jim and Beth had not shot their new shotgun, I wanted to shoot my 357 and clay brought a fun target 22 with 200 rounds.

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The clip is empty Sam!

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The main reason we left the southern part of the forest was to drive the well known forest service roads, there were some rock ledges (no pictures, I was spotting) and a little mud.

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and some great views. This is Meadow Knob, we finished on Flagpole Knob before heading back to camp!

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Butterfly wing macro, just because it was pretty.

July 30, 2017

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Vacation Day 2 – Staton Creek Falls. A great roadside waterfall that kept going.

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You had to bush whack down to see the whole series of falls.

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Then back on the road and lunch at Ben Salem Wayside and this old lock

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Canal boats used the lock in the late 1800’s on the North River.

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A quick stop at Panther Falls. It was too crowded for us, we watched for a bit and decided to come back later. I am counting it as Hike #24 of #52Hikechallenge, it is a short walk, but I did it 3 times this week, so totaled I am counting it!

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The end of the day.

July 29, 2017

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Vacation Day 1 – A foggy on top Brush Mountain deep in the George Washington National Forest, in fact only 1 truck passed our site in 3 days.

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Camping with Beth and Jim mean you do things like, I wonder if this leads to a overlook as we bush wack through head high brush.

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It didn’t, but at least there were butterflies.

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Camping with Beth and Jim also mean you eat well – dessert? Bananas Foster flambe.