Happy Father’s Day. I started early with a bike ride, fixed a lawn mower, then James, Elizabeth and I headed to Morrow Mountain State Park for a hike and picnic before kayaking.
The summit road was closed, so we hiked from the bottom.
Along the way we met a couple walking their cat on a leash.
I can’t take James and Elizabeth somewhere that doesn’t have a waterfall…. Moccasin Creek Falls on Falls Reservoir
For those who know the paddle, the dam was releasing water and the spillway was sending water over the rock island… the water was faster than I have ever seen it. I really thought there was no way we were going to make it to the caves today, but Beth was determined. We tried the right side, Clay attacked the middle and finally Beth said we had to go up the left bank, portage over the rocks and then all we had to do was cross the river – sounds easy enough. I was sure I was going to be swimming again like the last time I tried to make it during a release, so no pictures, I put everything away.
After long effort over the rocks we made it!
Nobody was flipped and Beth got to paddle into the cave.
Long ride and half was on a closed Blue Ridge Parkway
In fact it was so cool, after the ride I hiked back up just so I could walk the Linn Cove Viaduct
A quick macro of a poplar tulip
Part of Manifesto: Art X Agency
Walking The Mall
reflecting the sunset
as seen from the Lincoln Memorial
Kodak and I went for a sunrise walk on the beach
and back the the Taco
We drove around a bit and went seashell hunting
I wanted sand dollars
Then the sunset and the high tide rose to the truck
We moved the truck twice before calling it a night.
Long weekend trip to Cape Lookout. It’s along drive, but the reward is a camp spot like this.
and a view of the Milky Way like this.
Another day in the Jefferson National Forest and the Falls of Dismal
We had the place to ourselves, we hiked up the creek, explored the rocks and I swam around to see if I could jump from the top (I couldn’t) This is a great spot on a warm day to swim and picnic!
The afternoon was spent packing up camp to move further west, getting stuck behind an accident and waiting for Lifeflight (which circled and left) setting up a new camp, and visiting High Knob Lookout Tower for the sunset.
I always tell my students, when photographing a sunrise or sunset, turn around and photograph what is being illuminated by the light!
Back to the track
I love riding the steep banks and this was a racing workshop for new track racers
There were several college riders in the group and so much strategy to think about
It is a blast going all out on a fixed gear bike, I just have to remember I have to keep pedaling as I crossed the line.
Then time to bar hop/eat. We passed a place called The Pump House on the way to the velodrome, so we started there, drinks and wings while sitting on the roof top bar watching tubers on the Catawba River.
Then following a recommendation, it was a seafood dinner at the Rock Salt in Charlotte (this is a wall on a bike shop)
a night at my favorite camp spot in Uwharrie National Forest
A busy day, up early for a run at Bass Lake, then time to explore, driving foreat service and dirt roads
a couple of short hikes
the view of Grandfather Mountain from Grandmother Mountain.
Ended the day at USAT summer singles league, I won my match 6-1, 6-3
Back on the road, Kodak must see everything.
the threat of rain made a change of plans, so I jumped on the bike as soon as we got to Blowing Rock
All the climbing is worth it with these views, and the screaming descent. (although today the descent had a headwind and I was only able to hit 43mph)
after dinner at the Coyote Kitchen, we headed to our favorite hill top for the sunset. I had figured out how to download Netflix on the iPad for a trip that didn’t happen, so now I can binge watch shows like Sabrina.
Kodak kept an eye on the wildlife
until they got too close.