1Luke and Shelley moved to Florida and love living on the beach. It is good to have them on “this side” of the country within driving distance.
2As the web moves to a simple “responsive” style for viewing on all devices, Merlin Web Pages now offers ONLY responsive design. New online store software coming soon.
3The Ancient Prognosticator was at work with his predictions and prognostications for the 2012-13 College Football Season. Follow along at: AncientPrognosticator.com →
One of the five finch eggs in the “left fern” hatched out late this afternoon. It is tiny and looks really weak. The mother bird is feeding it and keeping it warm. We can’t even tell which end is the head! LOL! Phil spent about 25 minutes in my office looking out the window watching the mom come back and …Read More →
So far, the five little finch eggs in the left fern have not hatched. The parents still tend the nest, but they are 2 weeks+ later than the right fern finch hatchlings. Phil thinks the eggs may never hatch. We will keep watch on them just in case. The four little finch hatchlings in the right fern are growing by …Read More →
Today Phil took another Friday off and we hiked a new section of the Mountains to the Sea Trail. This section merged with the Shut-In Trail where we began at the Pisgah Mountain Trail parking lot and headed north. The trail immediately started up, gaining 300′ feet of elevation in just a few hundred yards. After that, it is mostly …Read More →
Over the past few days, we have gotten a lot of rain in Western NC. We thought we would drive down to Chimney Rock to check the condition of the river. The creek beside Hwy 64 going down to the gorge had a lot of water and was running really fast. The Rocky Broad River running through the gorge was …Read More →
After only a few days of putting the Boston Ferns on the front porch, 2 families of finches moved in. In one fern, resides 5 small eggs soon to hatch. In the fern on the side of the porch, 4 new finches are huddled together trying to keep warm. Phil checks on them several times a day to make sure …Read More →
Since Phil is taking Friday’s off for the month of May, we had hoped to get in as much hiking as possible. This weekend, the weather just didn’t cooperate. We hiked Cat Gap loop and chose to cut across via the bypass without climbing all the way to the gap. It was a bit damp and cool. A light drizzle …Read More →
Phil and I have been driving by the Coon Tree Picnic area on Hwy 276 for over 40 years! It is only this year that we have become interested in hiking around this area. The Coon Tree Picnic area has a nice safe parking lot next to bathrooms with flushing toilets. It is a convenient place to park and begin …Read More →
Once or twice a year, Phil and I run away to the Pisgah Inn for the weekend. From the porches at the Inn, we can almost see our house! LOL!!! Does it still count as a getaway trip? It does in our book. We drove up on Friday evening after work, checked into our room and had dinner at the …Read More →