I am Back!

Hi everyone!  Its been about a year since I last posted.  I won’t go into why, just note I am back.

I updated my equipment (Canon 70D) and installed new processing software (Lightroom) so my images will be much, much better, I promise.

I still plan on getting out as much as possible, taking images and sharing them with you.

So, I will be posting this evening during our daily (it seems) rain storm, so stay tuned!

A Happy Hiker

(Bill)

Memorial Day, 2014 at the Veterans Cemetery

I am a Retired United States Air Force SMSgt,  combat veteran, so Memorial Day means a lot to me.  Please indulge my one day to remember absent friends that never returned home with me.

I spent the day at the Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain, NC and what a beautiful place.  I do believe that when I make my transition home, this is where I want to be laid to rest.

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Hike to Hickory Nut Falls at Chimney Rock State Park

This is one fine hike, especially with families.  The stickler is the small price of admission, but still well worth it.  Check out the website for Chimney Rock State Park and see all the activities and events.

Here are some photos to spur your interest:

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Enjoy, and have a great Memorial Day weekend.

A Happy Hiker….

Unnamed falls on Rockhouse Creek

Today after doing some packing for the upcoming move, I had to take a break and went to Pisgah National Forest and my favorite road FR475B.  I found an unnamed falls on Rockhouse Creek, about .5 miles north of Slick Rock Falls.  Roll down your windows and listen for the falls.  There is a campsite down on the creek with a very steep descent from 475B, but the view of the falls is well worth it.  Look for a very small pullover on the left side of the road.

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Enjoy the outdoors!

A Happy Hiker!

Setrock Creek Falls

Sorry for not posting for a little while, I have been preparing to move to a new apartment next month, and well, you know how it goes.

Anyway, went out today to Setrock Creek Falls on the South Toe River near Burnsville, NC

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This is probably one of the prettiest falls I have seen, and very, very uncrowded.  As most of you know, my two passions are hiking and wildflower photography, and this hike gave both to me.

Snowy Lady Slippers, I believe, which are very rare indeed:

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To get to Setrock Creek Falls from Asheville, I suggest going east on I-40 to the first exit at Old Fort, then follow US 70 east to NC 80.  Turn left onto NC 80 and head north up and over the Blue Ridge Parkway.  At 2.2 miles past the parkway take a left onto South Toe River Road and follow the signs to Black Mountain Campground (about 2.9 miles).  Park at the designated parking area on the left side and walk into the campgrounds.  Follow the sign for Mt. Mitchell Trail and Birch Bottom Bike Trail.  Stay on Birch Bottom Bike Trail, passing the fork for the Mt. Mitchell trail until you walk over a girder bridge.  At the end of the bridge you will see a “rest area” and the trail head for Setrock Creek Falls going to the right.  The trail in its entirety is about .5 miles, with some difficulty due to roots and some rocks.  You will have to wade the creek at the base of the falls to get some good shots.

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For a great return, go back the same way to the Blue Ridge Parkway and head west to Asheville.  Its about 40 miles, full of great scenery and curves.  

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So, have a happy day tomorrow!

A Happy Hiker!

An Ode to small towns

Went to a small town across the mountains to Tennessee today, and loved it.  There is something about small towns that revive the spirit in me.

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A small town is where neighbors wave to each other, shop at local shops and celebrate their common heritage

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Small towns are a lovely spot and very proud of where they have been and where they are going

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Love ya, Small towns!  Keep going!

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A Happy Hiker!