Monthly Archive for April, 2009

Pearson's Falls…

Pearson's Falls...

Todays destination was Pearson’s Falls Glen, located near Tryon, NC, on the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Pearson's Falls... The Glen Trail leading to the falls is a botanical preserve owned and maintained by the Tryon Garden Club since 1931. On the grounds you can find 200 species of native plants- I only photographed three of them: (left): Foamflower (top right); White Violet (bottom right): Toad Trilliam Pearson's Falls...

Pearson's Falls...

Pearson's Falls...
The hike to the falls is a moderate 1/4 mile hike and the trail is neatly maintained.

Pearson's Falls... Pearson’s Falls is a 90 ft fall. We were actually pretty impressed with the falls even though they were fairly small compared to many others we have seen. The water flow was quite heavy and the surrounding area was gorgeous. It was well worth the hike to see such beauty.

Cades Cove…

Cades Cove...

Yesterday Jan and I took Kay and Lenora to the Great Smoky Mountains near Gatlinburg, TN. We drove the 11-mile one way road through Cades Cove. If you’ve never been you ought to go take a look. While we were there we saw a momma black bear and her two cubs as well as six deer and a couple of turkey.

On the right you will see the workmanship of the John Oliver Cabin. Notice how half-dovetail notches were used with outward-sloping angles to drain water from the notch.

Cades Cove...

Cades Cove...John Cable Mill- Cades Cove

Cades Cove... Lenora, Jan & Kay hiking back to the car after visiting the John Oliver Cabin in Cades Cove.

Cades Cove...Lenora photographing “Flat Stanlietta” with some local musicians at Cades Cove.

It's ice cream season again…

Jan and Lenora stopped off at a local produce stand today and picked up a gallon of fresh strawberries. So of course, the natural thing to do is make Ice Cream. Boy is it good!

If you would like the recipe, go to What’s Cooking?

It's ice cream season again...

It's ice cream season again...

Sightseeing Visitors…

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Our Friend Kay & Lenora are visiting us while they are on a massive vacation traveling across the states. Today we took them to a few local sights- Poinsett Bridge, Campbells Covered Bridge and Ballenger Mill. Tomorrow we will take them to Gatlinburg and Cades Cove. That will be a nice trip for sure.In the bottom photo you will see Lenora taking a photo of “Flat Stanlietta” on the covered bridge at Ballenger Mill. If you would like to follow Kay and Lenora’s travels- you can see them at Road Trips and More. 04242009 042

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Birthday Wishes….

Happy Birthday to 2 of my favorite girls… Jan and Arien! I love you both!

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And now- The rest of the story…

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Within just a couple of minutes of constructing the little rock steps, this fine furry frog took a swim, and was  successfully able to escape the depths of the pond… (or so the story goes)

Freeing Five Frogs…

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Today when Jan went out to get the mail, she found 5 frogs stuck in our little pond out front… I guess we are gonna have to build them rock steps so they can get out! Silly frogs- don’t they know there is a big ole lake out back?

Fewer H2O Woes…

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04182009 016 We took a little ride over to Georgia today. It was quite warm, and to be perfectly honest- Wonderful! The one thing that was quite evident by the ride, was the increased water levels of the area lakes. (Right) Lake Keowee, which for the last few years was showing very significant signs of drought, was looking more like normal today.

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Wildcat Branch Falls (which is just down the road from us) was flowing quite well. Usually when we pass by, it’s more of a trickle than actual falls. Just a month ago, we were in an “Extreme” drought, we are now listed as “Moderate” after having received around 10 inches of rain in recent weeks…

"Dis here is my favor-ite fishin hoe"

"Dis here is my favor-ite fishin hoe"(I’m working on becoming a redneck…)

I Love Springtime…

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Flowering Dogwood Tree- Greenville, SC