Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in

It has been nearly 50 years since I first saw Linville Falls in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Back then, getting there meant finding an unmarked gravel road and an unmarked dirt parking lot — really just a thicker place in the road to pull over into. 623 more words

Weekend hiking trip

I had a couple good days of hiking this past weekend out in Shenandoah National Park. 35 miles on Saturday and 38 on Sunday. Not huge days but were solid training back out in the mountains. 1,035 more words

Appalachian Trail

The Virginia Pine and Pine Cone

The Virginia pine (Pinus virginiana) is known by many names: Virginia pine, Scrub pine, and Jersey pine is among those names. The Virginia pine is a medium sized evergreen tree that has a natural range from new York state to Alabama and is found primarily in the east. 353 more words

Chris Flees


Wordsworth wrote an endless poem in blank verse on” the growth of a poet’s mind.”  I shall attempt a more modest feat for a more distracted age: a blog, “Things which a Lifetime of Trying to Be a Poet has Taught Me.” 949 more words

Donald Williams

Oyster Mushrooms

 I’ve read that you can find oyster mushrooms just about any month of the year in the South.  I’ve now found them on the same dead tree in my yard in November, July, September, and May.   78 more words

Appalachian Mountains

Just One Color!

You’d think that choosing only one color to illustrate a post would make things easier.  Hmm…..Ailsa is challenging us to find pictures that have one predominant color. 50 more words


Spring Time in West Virginia means Trout and a trip to Seneca Rocks

Spring is here and our family always tries to head out doors as soon as April arrives. The flowers begin to bloom  and the trout are ready to bite.   804 more words

West Virginia