Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Hickman Natural Bridge


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Betsy and I visited Capitol Reef National Park in Utah on our western trip in September.  That was the first time we had visited the park.

One of the more popular hikes at Capitol Reef is a relatively easy (the only kind we look for nowadays) to Hickman Natural Bridge.  The hike is just about 2 miles long and offers some spectacular views as well as a trail around and under the bridge.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Smoky Mountains Vista

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This is a view that Betsy and I enjoyed last month driving along the Foothills Parkway near Maryville, Tennessee.  We were at an overlook looking toward Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Sunrise on Skyline Drive

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There are some advantages to getting up before dawn in order to get on the road early for a trip home.  That is exactly what Betsy and I did when we left Skyland on the Skyline Drive in Virginia for our trip home after celebrating Betsy’s birthday.

Getting up while it is still dark is not my favorite thing to do (I did enough of that before I retired!).  But getting up that early did provide some benefits, one of which was this view of a beautiful sunrise seen from Thorofare Mountain Overlook on Skyline Drive.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Along the Road in New Mexico


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When Betsy and I travel out west we encounter a landscape completely different to the green mountains of Tennessee.  Don’t get me wrong — I think the western landscape is beautiful, but I would probably call it a stark beauty.  We encountered this scene along the road in New Mexico.  September 8, 2017.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Star Struck

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The Star Struck day lily in our yard has one of the largest (and prettiest) blossoms of all our day lilies.  It is always a welcome sight.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Virginia Mountains

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Betsy and I traveled to Skyland, along Skyline Drive in Virginia, to celebrate her birthday.  We’ve been there before, and have always enjoyed the scenery.  This year we enjoyed the mountains so much that we walked to the restaurant for our meals.  This is the scene we enjoyed on our way to breakfast on August 3, 2017.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

I Found a Diamond Ring in the Sky

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Fairfield Glade was in the path of totality during the eclipse on August 21, 2017, and Betsy and I were really looking forward to experiencing a total eclipse from our own yard.  The only potential problem was that cloudy skies were expected to move in at about the time the eclipse was to reach totality.

One of the things we were told to look for was the ‘diamond ring’ that occurs when the sun starts to reappear from behind the moon.  The clouds came as expected as you can see in the photo above, but if you use your imagination you can also see a diamond ring.