Frozen Waterfalls

The deep freeze across the east has lasted long enough for some of the local waterfalls and even parts of the French Broad River to freeze.   This doesn't happen every year, we need sustained weeks of sub-freezing temperatures for the ice to form around running water.  It was 27 degrees F (-2C) last weekend when …

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Museum of Natural Science North Carolina

There was so much to see at the Museum of Natural Science in Raleigh, that I had to go to two posts.  Today will concentrate on the North Carolina specific exhibits.  Like the history section moving from earliest prehistory to more recent history, the North Carolina ecosystem exhibits moved across the state from the mountains …

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Waterfalls in the Autumn Mountains

I can smell autumn dancing in the breeze. The sweet chill of pumpkin and crisp sunburnt leaves. ~Ann Drake, 2013 I found this quote recently, and had to share it with you.  It was the perfect opening to a picture heavy post from our hiking over the weekend with friends here from out of state.  …

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Bellamy House in Wilmington NC

Last year when we went to the Outer Banks on vacation, one of the places we visited was the Bellamy House in Wilmington. I never got around to posting about it, so here it is.  I love old architecture, and this 1859 Greek Revival and Italianate home was a delight to see. Just look at …

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September Hike

Saturday was a gorgeous day here in the mountains, temperature in the low 70s and clear.  A nice change from the overcast days we have had lately with afternoon rain.  We decided it was a perfect day to hike to some of our local waterfalls.  We drove over to Dupont Forest, our favorite place to …

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A Trip to the Vineyard

Last weekend we took a little jaunt to one of our state's premier wineries and vineyards. Shelton Vineyards is in Dobson, NC, just a couple of hours northeast of here.  It has 406 acres of grapes, making it the largest family owned vineyard in NC. Shelton Vineyards was host to a national Triumph event, and …

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State Fair Ribbons 2014

This has been a very busy time between volunteering for the Friends of the Library book sale and helping with setting up the quilt competition at the State Fair. The Fair opened on Friday and we were able to go that afternoon. It was a great time to go because the crowds were smaller and …

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Apple Festival 2014

One of the highlights of the year around here is the annual Apple Festival held every Labor Day Weekend.  It is four days of fun, three with vendors and shows on the stage in front of the courthouse, and then the King Apple Parade on Monday. Henderson county grows 85% of the apples in the …

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Blue Ridge Drive July 2014

We did a drive with our car club yesterday.  The weather was just perfect, a beautiful sunny day in the 70s.  The recent rains had cleared the air and the views were spectacular off the Blue Ridge Parkway.   We met in a parking lot near the entrance to Pisgah Forest. This was a Progressive Drive, …

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A walk along the river

Last weekend was busy, but we made time to take a breather along the Broad River near Chimney Rock, NC.  Sometimes you just have to stop, take in the beauty that is on this earth and breathe. Beautiful, isn't it?  Spring is really coming along, the trees are greening up, as the flowers are changing …

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