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Big Meadows, Shenandoah National Park

Thursday August 13, 2020 Thunderstorms had been a common occurrence recently with more on the way, so we decided to drive north to Big Meadows for an easy walk around before going home. The fog (clouds) were so thick in places, we couldn’t see 20 feet in front of us. However, when there was a…

Hike The Appalachian Trail to Ivy Creek

Wednesday August 12, 2020 It was so hot in Charlottesville, we decided to go to Shenandoah National Park for a few days. Big Meadows campground was full. During this Covid-19 mess, I have found campgrounds to be full or busy all across the country. Camping is a relatively safe thing to do in these conditions.…

Bike The New River Trail

Saturday August 8, 2020 Karen was determined to get in a good ride on the New River Trail. This time I checked everyone’s tires, making sure Josh’s were good. His brake was also too tight, not letting the wheels turn freely, so we fixed that. Mark and Sue Ann told us about a good section…

Hike Fisher Peak Loop Trail

Friday August 7, 2020 On the Blue Ridge Parkway, we went for a hike on Fisher Peak Loop Trail. Less than three miles, it is a moderate hike, although it took us two hours. It’s a winding trail through woods and a meadow. I would call it a wandering trail, wandering so it will make…

Gully Creek Trail

Thursday, August 6, 2020 We went fishing at the golf course pond in the morning with no luck again, but the kids enjoy it. I am totally surprised at how Melissa likes it. She casts well and shows a lot of patience. The top-rated hike in the area is Gully Creek at Cumberland Knob in…

Galax, Virginia: Golf, Fishing, Biking New River Trail

Wednesday August 5, 2020 There is a fishing pond on the golf course, so Josh and I walked over to give it a try. It wasn’t long before Melissa came to join us. I was impressed by her interest, then by her patience and observation. However, we had no luck. The pond was a bit…

Galax, Virginia

First I apologize for all the crazy emails you got from the blog. I tried for three days to change the theme (of which there are thousands). I would like to tweak a few of the settings this theme doesn’t allow me to do. I finally gave up and switched back to the old one,…

Hall County Park to Huntington, West Virginia

Saturday, July 25, 2020 I woke to the sounds of a quail calling. What a wonderful sound that is rarely heard today. Then a flight of geese flew over calling. I didn’t have much time, but I wanted to go for a walk and see what this park is all about. It is a county…

Middle Fork of The Salmon River – Day 6

Wednesday, July 22, 2020 Sadly, it was the last day of the trip. Ron suggested wearing rain gear and putting up the fishing gear. He said the rapids come quickly, so we took a seat in the front of Tanner’s boat. I tied the Pelican camera case to the seat where I could get to…

Middle Fork of The Salmon River – Day 5

Karie had recommended walking back up the trail toward the Flying B Ranch. She and Whitney had walked it yesterday when we stopped for ice cream. It was a beautiful view from the top of the hill, and a nice morning for a walk. Back in camp, the boys were cooking biscuits and gravy, hash…

Middle Fork of the Salmon River – Day 4

I walked up from camp to a plateau to get some nice views of camp. I expected to see elk or sheep, but all I saw was lots of poop. Later I asked Ron what it was, and he said elk. It is surprising how much poop I have seen, but rarely see an animal.…

Middle Fork of The Salmon River – Day 3

Monday, July 19, 2020 I woke up early and almost stepped on two sleeping guides on my way to pee in the river. “Dilution is the solution”, as Steve told us. I went for a little walk, looking for the trail that runs one side of the river for 110 miles. While in high school,…

Middle Fork of the Salmon River – Day 2

Saturday, July 18, 2020 Ron picks this week in July because it has the least chance of rain. It was a perfect, cool morning. I don’t know what elevation we are, but I know the further down river we go, the warmer it gets. Sleeping was great last night.  Everything is organized (or unorganized) in…

Middle Fork of The Salmon River, Day 1

I slept late! I never do that, but today I woke up at 6:00, and quickly panicked. At VMI we called it “getting in a shitty”. I had to hook up the trailer and get out of this difficult camp. Just making the turn out onto the road would be a bit hazardous. Then it’s…

Following The Salmon River

Thursday, July 16, 2020 45 degrees this morning, 92 in the afternoon I enjoyed a drive down Rt. 75, taking pictures along the way. It is one of the prettiest roads I have ever driven, following the Salmon River downstream. I will let the pictures do the talking.  I stopped at one spot to do…

Camping Along The Salmon River

Wednesday, July 23, 2020 43 degrees this morning, 86 in the afternoon. It was a chilly morning. After sweltering heat for the last few weeks, I was surprised this morning, turning the heat on. I started thinking about the logistics of the Middle Fork trip that starts Friday, so I wrote some notes for Carla,…

Move From Twin Falls to Stanley, Idaho

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 56 degrees, got up to 80 in Stanley I should have left earlier, but I was torn about whether to stay here one more night. I like it here. It’s a great, little park – Rock Creek RV Park, but I decided to go. First I went to the grocery store…

Shooting Rockets

They are Violet-Backed Swallows, and I love to shoot them! 1/1250 second wasn’t nearly fast enough to capture these, so I doubled to 1/2500 second, but still not fast enough. They only fly 28 miles/hr, but it seems like twice that, and they never fly straight, zig-zagging all over the place catching bugs in mid-air.…


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