sunrise for the nocturnal

We spend most of our summer nights racing sunsets in the forests, preparing for the bats to emerge; it becomes all to easy to forget the awe of a sunrise. 42 more words


October 13.14....."An Old Mountain Homestead" (revisited).....





An Old Mountain Homestead’ 

From my nature journal, October 8: A luminous green and gold October afternoon. I’m climbing the steep north boundary of an old mountain homestead on the headwaters of the South Toe River deep in the highlands of Yancey County. 653 more words


Hiking Trails- CHESTOA VIEW, Linville

The Blue Ridge Parkway is many things to many people. Some see it as just a road. Some see it still as a road, but a very pretty one. 547 more words

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North Carolina is a state very rich in natural mineral resources, and there’s no better place to learn about them than the Museum of North Carolina Minerals in Spruce Pine. 483 more words

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The Great Smoky Mountains Road Trip- Day 2: Above the Clouds, Below the Stars

On day 2, we pack our soggy tent up as quickly as possible and set out on the Parkway shortly after the sun rises. I have to tell you, the Blue Ridge Parkway towards The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most beautiful road I have ever been on. 669 more words

Road Trip

31 Screams in October, #1: The Descent (2005)

Director: Neil Marshall

Starring: Shauna MacDonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid, Saskia Mulder, MyAnna Buring, Nora-Jane Noone

Kicking things off a day late (not to worry… I’ll make up for that soon enough), I begin my horror marathon this October with an appropriately named modern classic. 666 more words

Movie Review

Let the climbing commence!

Memorial Day weekend was a week away and I hadn’t planned to do much. My big plans were to stay in town and just to relax for the weekend. 958 more words