We got brave and headed to lake Jocassee

I was tired and hung over from a night out dancing but we headed out around 9:30 Sunday morning . Sherri and I met Linda and Brian at waffle house, for scattered covered and smothered will cure a hangover we did not make to the lake till nearly 1:00 We had so much fun. That is a big beautiful lake! Sherri loved just taking off paddling alone at her own speed. She said she loved the freedom of just paddle we did end up across the lake at the “wall” and a beautiful, small bright white, beach. Where we swam, sunbathed, climbed on the rocks had an amazing time hanging out.

We are ready for battle!
Linda and myself taking our time.
The motly crew!

Red Snapper and Crabs

Recently Jesse and I had a chance to deep sea fishing. We were in Destine Florida for the week and was looking to go out on a charter boat it was $700 to $900 for one half day. Granted it was for up to 8 people but we did not have friends down here to split the cost with. we talked about renting a boat for the week but by the time we purchased lithe next best thing a shared charter 10 people were going out

Red snapper

We went to Jesse’s for supper tonight it was the first chance we had to cook the seafood we caught on our Destin Florida trip. The snapper we cooked with a creamy piccata sauce it tasting amazing but they were quite a few bones the blue crabs we boiled in old bay seasoned water maybe they did not like being frozen they were not very good.

Lake lure trip

We got a late start, made even later by me I kept stopping and turning off. Going down one road only because they were a sign saying turn here I am so glad I did it was hickory nut farms store and restaurant. They had an amazing selection but we did not have a cooler so we could not buy meat but I will be back!!!! We went to a restaurant Angie has been bragging about there bloody Mary’s.The River Watch at lake lure did have an wonderful Bloody Mary.We circled lake lure the whole lake and end up at a biker tiki bar swimming pool.

Time for a come back

I have done so much in the past year that did not get documented but I am ready for a come back. You have to start somewhere so I am starting sitting in a el Salvadorian pupuseria waiting on lunch. Update I took them home the storm had picked up me and Sherri ate out on the porch with a thunderstorm inchs away it was wonderful!

A Shining Rock Experience

Saturday afternoon we heeded the call of the wild and headed off on an adventure! The weather was perfect, puffy little pillow clouds dotted the sky, temperature 65 and just a hint of fall color on the mountainsides. All of our packs were quite heavy but we did not mind as we hiked the five miles to our destination stopping frequently to admire mountaintop vistas or to be amazed at the variety of plants and wildlife Emily was a wonderful guide telling us about the plants we had seen before but never knew anything about. Our goal was shining rock, it was growing dark and we were getting tired by the end of the day the pack finally digging into my shoulders. my legs were getting sore. It was twilight with just a hint of cloud covered daylight left we when we made it to Shining rock. Oh my gosh, it took my breath away, bright white quartz boulders popping out of the ground like weeds in the garden and to say they shined would be an understatement they seemed to be glowing. You could feel the energy this magical place. As we were sitting up camp it started to rain getting to be a steady rain soon Richard made a gallant effort at building a fire actually he had a nice fire going but I did not much feel like sitting by it in the downpour so I made a quick bite to eat and went to bed early exhausted from a magnificent day. I slept on a rock so I did sleep as well as I would have at the Hilton but I got a nice night’s rest. I do remember waking up around 6:30 to use the restroom amazed again at how vibrant the quartz here glowed. Sunday morning was easy hanging around camp making breakfast, telling story’s, relaxing. After breakfast we hiked up to the top of the rock, the clouds and fog were rolling in and out of the mountain tops and valleys. Beautiful!!! we sat there for a while in silence honoring. We packed up and were ready to leave around 12:30 as we walked out of camp the rain returned soon a steady downpour and the trails we had walked in on now were streams several inches deep some places ponds. Soaking wet we still managed to have fun, exploring, laughing and telling stories. We took a different trail out so it still exciting and new. By the time we had made back to the car I could not find a dry place on my whole body but do you know what I did find as I looked into the rear-view mirror ready to leave? A big ear to ear smile, even in the rain I am much happier in the woods!!!45469382262_b96ded30c3_z

Who let the dogs out!

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I have to tell you a little more about the hike we took last night. It has been a couple of weeks since me and Angie have been able to play in the woods we had to get out. I love hiking at night but worry about doing it alone and I can never find anyone willing to go with me. Except miss Adventure Angie (maybe we should add fearless to her title) she was all for a night hike.
I had a meeting that I could not get out of till 7:30 so we met at the hardtimes trailhead at 8:00 it was already dark, I hate how early it is getting dark but today is the last day of summer. We walked mostly on old logging roads nothing too technical just fun. We laughed, we sang and we danced, twirling under the light of the moon, all through the woods. As we walked we noticed the silhouette forms of the trees, we marveled at the way the shadows of the trees danced all around us with the slightest breeze. In awe as a owl pierces the night sky in search for supper.
We walked till we came across a grove of pine trees that lined both sides of the road, it reminded me of a large catholic cathedral with a soft pine needle floor lining the aisle, and that made walking very soft and quite. It here we set up a speaker and started our dance (we always dance, on the top of mountains, in front of waterfalls or when it starts raining a celebration!)
That is when we first heard them, at first I thought they were coyotes on the mountains. Angie starts making coyote calls howling at the moon, laughing we finish our dance. And then we start to head back we noticed these howls sound like they were getting closer and sounded more like dogs. Every few minutes they would start barking and we would walk a little faster they are getting closer the more we walk the closer they get, then they stop. A little tension is building in the air now as we make our way around the next bend. All of the sudden we see a dozen flickering blue and green lights small but much larger and much brighter than firefly’s. They are coming right toward us! It was like a scene out of a sci-fi movie as these robotic creatures fanned out and surrounded us we got close together ready to fight for our lives!
It was not till they were very close could we make out they were hunting dogs with flashing collars. One finally barked not a viscous bark more of a young playful bark They did not bother us just sniffed us and headed on up the trail!
At the next road crossing we came across their owners two very nice kids from Canton out Coon hunting we talked with them a bit and then headed on back, taking the long way around lake Powhatan pausing only to honor and love the way the moon and Mars were dancing with the clouds in a perfect late summer night sky and a mirrored reflection on the lake finished the scene. A few more twirls and a laugh or two and we are back at our cars never a dull moment when Adventure Angie and I get together. And a new appreciation for night hikes if anyone ever wants to go, let me know. We will hit the woods! Something else I would like to try, I remember seeing where this photographer would go to waterfalls at night and paint them with a flash light he had some very cool images.

A gorge trip

Angie and I took a short overnight trip to the Linville Gorge.   We got towards the chimneys in time for an amazing sunset. We ended up camping in the car but before not lying on a blanket on the parking lot enjoying the milky way and several shooting stars.   The next day we hiked down to the amphitheater and the Carolina wall it was a great trip!