Remember when I wrote about the thrill of surprises… well, imagine my surprise when Jim and I were hiking in Chuck Swan a few days ago and happened upon a cluster of Pink Lady’s Slipper Orchids! They were right along the side of the dirt road within arm’s reach. I had never seen one in person before and this … [ Continue reading ... ]
Two weeks ago, on October 25th, Jim and I decided to take a short 3-4 mile hike at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park (on the Cumberland Gap TN town side, not the Middlesboro KY side). It is one of our favorite places to go because it is only 45 minutes from Sharps Chapel, has a lot of variety in terms … [ Continue reading ... ]
It’s time to decorate for Christmas. Since we have a log cabin, I like to keep the exterior decorations simple — keeping with the style of the home. The last few years, I have settled into a pattern of making my own wreaths. They are simple to do and cost nothing. And I think they are prettier than anything I … [ Continue reading ... ]
Wild Land Fires Are a Real Threat to Us All
Last Sunday I was outside working and a fire truck went by around 2:20 in the afternoon. And then another one. And another one. All tolled — 8-9 fire trucks went by, numerous rescue squad units and a bull dozer! Jim couldn’t stand it any longer and jumped in his … [ Continue reading ... ]
I am loving this Tennessee weather! A few days of cold followed by 60 degree days. It is perfect for hiking and that is exactly what Jim and I did last Sunday. We hiked a 6 mile section of the Cumberland Trail starting at the Tank Springs Trailhead. I had done this last year in March (get details and … [ Continue reading ... ]
I don’t try to document everything about a place that we visit, after all, I am not a paid travel writer. But I do try to spread the news about those extra special places that Jim and I have discovered. The Ijams River Boardwalk is one of those must see … [ Continue reading ... ]
Meeting new people has its perks. I first met Libby Morgan when she did a write-up on me for the Union County Shopper News back in January. We had a lot of things in common and one of them is exploring new places.
Last Saturday (December 21 – the Winter Solstice), Jim and I had some time on our hands and wanted to explore. We decided to head out to Sand Cave (a place Pat Clapsaddle had highly recommended after she and Bill hiked it a year or so ago). So, Jim and I got in the car and picked a scenic route … [ Continue reading ... ]
Case in point – at the Sunset Bay Annual meeting last week, I happened to join in on a conversation between two women, only one of whom I actually knew. … [ Continue reading ... ]
This past week I had an opportunity to pick some chestnuts with Darren Farquar at his Right By Nature Farm. I had no idea what I was in for, but I was game.
When I first started, I remember wishing that I had worn my leather work gloves. The outer shell of that beautifully smooth nut is a virtual … [ Continue reading ... ]