Hiking

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 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.

 

June 2, 2019

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After the race, I wanted some peace and quiet, this place covers it! Until almost dusk, then a thunderstorm hit, including pea size hail…. I didn’t bring my rain fly because I didn’t bother to check the weather. Opps!

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A short hike to Widow’s Creek Falls

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Keto meal on my tailgate

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the view from Wolf Rock

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a cactus in full bloom

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Kodak gets a look at Stone Mountain from Cedar Rock

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ending the day with a a Four Saints Gose and Times Square pizza

July 26, 2018

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So nice to see my student’s film on the big screen again, the Real to Reel International Film Festival in Kings Mountain. This audience was really into the documentary, laughed at the funny parts, reacted to the suffering, etc. in fact, this was the best crowd reaction so far for the film. Tonight had film makers from Texas and Illinois too, each film maker took questions from the crowd after their film.

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During the day I got to hike a state park that has been on my list since last year’s 52 Hike Challenge. Crowders State Park. Did the more interesting Crowders Mountain trail to Rockhop a great hike to the Crowders Mountain overlook.

July 3, 2018

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The day started early with a trip to Wolf Creek Falls.

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We had the waterfall all to ourselves.

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After lunch, we hiked to a 2nd waterfall – Little Fall Branch.

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Then on to Max Patch for a sunset and Milky Way viewing party. Lighting plays in the clouds.

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the sunset was amazing!

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But the Milky Way was awesome with lightning still bouncing around the clouds below it!

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