February Trip to Snowshoe, WV

February 2014 Snowshoe, WV

Great time on my "Guys Only" ski trip to Snowshoe. It was a bit warm, but the resort did a good job keeping the slopes ski-able. The 4 of us have met at Snowshoe on several occasions over the years, but it had been nearly 5 since our last "meet up." It was great to see them again and spend time on the slopes.

Black Mountain Trail

Hiking on Black Mountain Trail

Sunny winter's day hike.

Ice Fall

Ice Fall

Winter hiking gives a new perspective on the landscape. This is just one of many many frozen waterfalls we see during our winter hikes.

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First Bite

 The littlest one got her first bite of real food this week! She is already contemplating her menu for upcoming weeks and frequently refers to the recipes in the Food Network Magazine. She’s a “foodie” already!  

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Black Mtn. USGS Marker

Pressley Cove to Black Mtn. Trail

Total Distance: 5.2 miles round trip Total Elevation Gain: 1809 ft. Difficulty: Strenuous! It was a bluebird day as the temperature climbed from the low 30′s to the mid 50′s — a great day to be outside in the woods. We accessed Pressley Cove Trailhead on Avery Creek Road (Forest Service Road #422). This little trail is only 1.3 miles to …

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Icy Waterfall

Gatlinburg 2014

Every year, Phil and I celebrate our anniversary in Gatlinburg, TN. We aren’t really big fans of the tacky little shops, but we do enjoy being close to great hiking trails and good food. Since we had gone there on our honeymoon years earlier, we like the nostalgia of going every year. We got to Gatlinburg early enough on Friday …

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Hiking 2014

Hiking Log 2014 Business and holidays have kept my blog posts from happening. This year, the only resolution that I want to make is to keep up the blog with pictures of the grands and posts about each hike. I will be adding a few posts with pictures from the holidays to catch up but right now, I want to …

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Mt. LeConte, TN

Smokies Open for Visitors

My ankle has improved so much, that we decided to put it to the test by day hiking Alum Cave Trail all the way to LeConte Lodge and back. The total distance hiked was 11 miles. Total elevation gain is approximately 2560′. It gets a little steep in places. I would rate this trail moderate to strenuous. We thoroughly enjoyed …

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Sandy on the Trail

Hiking in October

October hikes in the Blue Ridge Mountains is one of my favorite things to do. Phil has taken this week off and we have decided to spend it at home resting and doing mini-adventures close to home. On Sunday, we drove down to Table Rock State Park and hiked up to Pinnacle Mountain. The Table Rock Trail  begins at the main …

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Chimney Rock on 911

Spending 911 in the Park

Listening to the news this morning and remembering 911 was more than I could bear. It has  been 12 years, but seems only like last week. With all of the craziness in the world, I just needed to be outside somewhere in a tranquil setting. What better place to spend 911 than in a National or State Park?!!? Apparently, dozens …

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View from Pisgah Inn

Weekend Getaway

One of our very favorite places to spend a quiet weekend is the Pisgah Inn located near milepost 405 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The rooms are old school quaint. There are no phones and no airconditioning. The tiny little bathrooms are circa 1955. The balconies overlook one of the most beautiful views from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Hiking trails …

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