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Mogollon, New Mexico

Monday, May 28, 2012

Hidden away in the Mogollon Mountains in New Mexico is one of the stateís premier ghost towns. The ďalmostĒ ghost town of Mogollon was once a bustling little town where they mined for gold and silver. Today just a few residents and store owners remain to greet scores of tourists who flock there during the summer to get a taste of the rich history of the town. There is a mixture of old buildings having seen their better days alongside other buildings and old homes that some of the die hard residents have preserved.

Having stopped there last month on my trip to New Mexico, we walked through the old cemetery perched on top of the mountain. It was sad to see how young most of those buried there had been at their death. There were graves that were elaborately decorated while others were simply unmarked mounds of stones whose occupants have long since been forgotten.


The entrance gate to the Mogollon Cemetery


Mogollon Cemetery


Unmarked Graves


After leaving the cemetery, I had my sister drop me off at the end of town. I wanted to be able to walk down the street to be sure I saw everything that I could. Aside from the sound of some birds, it was eerily quiet; tourist season would be starting in May. As I stopped to take a picture of the old general store, I was startled by a deep voice calling out to me. It was a friendly ďHow you doiní todayĒ question from an older gentleman I hadnít noticed before. He was sitting on the porch of his old house next to the general store. I stopped and we talked for a few minutes about the town. It was very obvious he was proud of his town, and why not? It was a fascinating place in a beautiful setting. After a few minutes we said our good-byes and he told me to be sure to come back sometime. I hope I can.


This one has definitely seen its better days.




Old mining cars


Old Mogollon Theatre




Main Street in Mogollon


Today, however, Mogollon, New Mexico is facing possible destruction. Iíve been watching and reading for days as the Whitewater-Baldy forest fire in New Mexico continues to grow and is inching ever closer to the tiny town of Mogollon. As of this morning, the fire had grown to 112,000 acres and was within 2 miles of Mogollon. The few residents that call the town home have been forced to leave. The remoteness of the area, dry conditions and low humidity only makes fighting the fire harder, and some vacation homes from a nearby community have already been lost.

I think about the nice man I met in town and all the other residents and hope that their homes are spared. The destruction of this town would not only be devastating to the residents, but to all of us. The area is so rich in history that I canít even imagine it being wiped away. Iím just praying that God will spare Mogollon and the surrounding area from the ravages of this monster fire. My thoughts and prayers are with the residents of Mogollon and everyone else in the path of this fire.

  
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SWDESERTLOVER 7/6/2012 10:57AM

    Thanks! Fortunately, they were able to keep the fire away and it is almost completely contained now. Praying now for all those who were affected by the fire in Colorado.

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LUCINDARW 7/6/2012 10:12AM

    Sorry to hear the ghost town was threatened by the fire we need to preserve the old history of this country if we can. Thank you for the beautiful pectures very vivid.

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GOLFGMA 5/31/2012 4:44PM

    Wonderful pictures and, Cindy, we will be praying for your friendly buddy there that the fire will not destroy this piece of history. Great blog!

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 5/29/2012 11:02PM

    What a wonderful piece of history! I, too, hope and pray this fire can be brought under control and this town saved. It is always so awful when these fires happen!
Thanks for sharing this story and pictures!
Hugs,
Mary

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LINDAKAY228 5/29/2012 2:49PM

    I really enjoyed reading your blog about your trip to Mogollon and how much you enjoyed it. I live in Silver City, NM and have been to Mogollon and up into the forest areas above it that are now on fire a few times. I had hoped to take my friend Lyndaloves2hike up there and to the Catwalk at Glenwood while she's here visiting but our plans had to change because of the fire. I am so saddened also about the threat of the fires to that community that has a special place in our history here. I'm hoping they will be able to save it. Wildfires and possible destruction of communities is something we live with every year in New Mexico. Thank you for sharing you memories and keeping the town alive in the minds of others. I'm glad you enjoyed your trip there. The last time I was there, a few years ago, there were so many hummingbird feeders and hummingbirds in the downtown area which was so great to watch. Another of the various treasures of that area.
Hope you get a chance to visit southern New Mexico another time!

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 5/29/2012 9:54AM

    Thank you so much for sharing the pictures - I'm in New Mexico right now and one of the 'planned adventures' had been to visit Mogollon - obviously the fire has changed my plans and I'm very concerned/worried about the area. I know fires are a natural part of life and this one was started by lightning but it's still so hard to think of all the destruction - the land is soooo rugged where it's burning, they are having a terrible time fighting it!

My friend LindaKay228 took me to see the Gila Cliff Dwellings and there was a lot of fire evidence there surrounding the area - they did a terrific job of saving the cliff dwellings, even though the fire burned VERY CLOSE so I hope they can do the same with Mogollon - it will be more difficult with the 'old wood' structures but I know they will try. I'm praying with you for saving Mogollon!!
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DOODIE59 5/28/2012 9:44PM

    Thank you for sharing this, Cynthia. You are doing your part to make sure this small town isn't forgotten. With a bit of luck and helpful weather conditions, my hope is Mogollon will be spared.
Deirdre

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NELLIEC 5/28/2012 8:10PM

    I remember when I was a teenager living in El Paso, TX, that one time the father of my best friend had taken us up towards White Sands Proving Grounds. On the way back, he took a back road because he wanted to show us a ghost town. Just a sandy dirt road, and a totally deserted town. Sorta sad! I am pretty sure it was in New Mexico, since we hadn't crossed the state line back into Texas yet.

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A Game of Cat and Mouse, or Human and Snake?

Saturday, May 19, 2012

About once a year I spend a few days cleaning out our large shed that sits a couple hundred feet behind our house. It always amazes me how quickly so much junk can accumulate in this shed that sees so little use. Of course this year was no different. I walked down there a few weeks ago and saw a number of items that I did not recognize, apparently deposited there by unknown family, friends or critters and then forgotten. There was also the usual six to twelve inches of dead leaves that the winter winds always push straight into this open front building partially hiding the contents that have been so carefully placed there for safekeeping, only to be found later wet and ruined. I looked at the mess in dismay and decided that since this was my long weekend off work and they were calling for nice weather, this would be the weekend to tackle the task of cleaning and reorganizing. Not only would it again look better (at least for a while), but I would also get in some serious exercise.

I spent the last two days cleaning out our shed, sweeping out leaves, moving items around, sweeping out leaves, throwing away garbage, and sweeping out leaves (yes, there was a little breeze that was determined to keep pushing the leaves back into the shed). All the while, I was watching carefully all around me as two years ago I had come across a copperhead snake and was hoping to avoid a repeat of that scene. All seemed to be going well.

Around lunch time my sonís girlfriend came by, heard Thor inside the house and decided to bring him down to the shed to us. She was walking around talking to me and watching Thor when she spotted a wooden bird house that Tommy had nailed to a post down there many years ago. Now for whatever reason, I had never seen any birds use that little house, instead preferring the hanging baskets on my front porch. She walked over for a closer look, stopped in her tracks, and then asked me, ďWhatís wrong with this picture?Ē I went over for a look and to my amazement saw the head of a black snake poking out the round hole in the front. After seeing us, he popped back down inside the wooden box.




I ran to the house to retrieve my camera and then this snake and I spent the rest of the afternoon playing a game of cat and mouse (or should I say human and snake) with me determined to get some pictures of him/her. I had to wait quietly and patiently nearby for the head to appear in the little hole, but I was finally able to get a shot of it peeking out at me.



As the afternoon wore on, I was able to get a lot more pictures of the snake looking out and then retreating back into the bird house.





It appears that he/she has claimed this little house as its own. This certainly explains the absence of birds in my shed!




While Iím not a huge fan of snakes, Iím just happy that my resident snake is this one and no longer a copperhead. All in all it was actually a fun afternoon. Watching the black snake and trying to get the occasional picture almost made me forget that I was working at getting my shed cleaned out and exercising also. Iím happy to report that my work is done and tomorrow will truly be a day of rest!

I hope everyone is having a great weekend!

  
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LUCINDARW 7/6/2012 10:04AM

    I can't stand snakes of any size! I would have ran the other way and not went back.

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DOGSTARDADDY 5/31/2012 1:18PM

    Holy cow!

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GOLFGMA 5/21/2012 8:37AM

    More wonderful photos! The subject matter is interesting to say the least. Better you than me. I can tolerate the black snakes and water snakes and certainly couldn't play golf without seeing a few now and then but I kinda leave them alone hoping they will do the same. Enjoyed the photos again! emoticon

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SUSANSUSAN14 5/20/2012 3:36PM

    I enjoy taking pictures like this. It seems to relax you and make you feel at peace with the world around you!

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LIBBYG7 5/20/2012 11:21AM

    Dear Cindy.....

I so admire your love of nature.....and your inquisitiveness of everything around you. Equally, I admire your talents as a nature photographer. It's a gift.
Having said that, I think it's remarkable that you were able to get these incredible shots of your llittle snake. Being a city girl.....my exposure to snakes is little, at best - and as a kid I had a real phobia of the creepy creatures. As I got older, I got to appreciate their beauty and how they survive.
I love this series of photos.....because you were so patient.....waiting for Mr. Snake to show his face. I especially love the shots where he seems to stick his head out - oh so hesitantly - almost teasing you.

I envy your curiousity to chronicle all the beauty around you......
Love your blogs...

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SWDESERTLOVER 5/20/2012 8:49AM

    LOL! I know most people are creeped out by snakes. The only ones that creep me out are the venomous ones. Tommy, on the other hand, is terrified of snakes. After we found out it was there, he stayed clear of that end of the shed and wouldn't even look at my pictures. By the way, Thor is also terrified of snakes. It's just one more thing those two have in common - haha.

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DOODIE59 5/20/2012 8:34AM

    Yay! This morning I can see your photos -- great shots!
Deirdre

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LADYVOLSFAN1954 5/20/2012 12:58AM

    Definite improvement over a copperhead that's for sure. I hate all snakes but as long as they don't bother me or show their face I'm ok with the fact that they're everywhere (I live in a rural area). Yet I'm like you wanting their picture - go figure. That seriously explains why the birds haven't nested in that birdhouse.
Have a fabulous weekend. I've got plenty to clean out but just haven't got around to it. You're so much more ambitious than me.


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_JODI404 5/20/2012 12:20AM

    Ewwwww! You are SO much braver than I am! Snakes creep me out, I would have to leave and not return until it was definitely gone!!

Great job getting the task done and I hope you truly enjoy a relaxing day tomorrow!!



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CAROLJ35 5/19/2012 9:38PM

    For some reason, I loathe snakes of any size so I could not even look at all of your photos, but I did see the first one and it made me laugh. He just looked so inquisitive. Our grandson has 13 egg laying chickens and several times a week someone has to remove a black snake from the hen house. They love eggs and swallow those big eggs whole. That snake probably crawled into the bird house thinking he would find eggs, then found it made a nice home for himself.
Yesterday a black snake wrapped himself around my husband's arm and I had to turn my back to that. After the snake is put in a bucket, I drive up the dirt road about 1/2 mile and DH empties him out in the woods.
We never kill them because they help to keep the copperheads and rattlers at bay.
I'm not sure why God put those creatures on the earth.

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TWINKIEQUEEN 5/19/2012 8:29PM

    well, you have to admit, it was a very handsome snake (her name is Shirley).......i have a shed like yours behind the house and have been thinking of cleaning it out, too, but you are more industrious than i have been so far.....

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 5/19/2012 8:26PM

    I loved your blog!! My husband (a science teacher) and I have had many unusual pets and critters that have been home and in his science class! I have learned to love many beings I never thought I would or could, even though I have always been an animal lover and had a pet duck as a child! Anyway, snakes...your black snake just made me smile! We have had many, including a black snake named Jerrod! I love he found your bird house for a home and he will keep bugs and mice from your shed (even though I love bugs and mice, too, and have had both as pets)! We adopted most all our pets, and some from bad situations (for many years we owned Ruby, a red tailed boa, who was so nervous because she had been kept in an aquarium by a sound system...poor baby, they thought she was mean because she would strike...it was the vibrations...to her noise!! She was very sweet and had to wrap on my husbands leg if we took her out so she felt safe)!! Also, my Mom, in Florida, has a bird house and in hers lives, Walter, a big frog!!
Thanks so much for sharing!
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NELLIEC 5/19/2012 8:24PM

    I don't know much about black snakes (my oldest son would know, since he knows a lot of things like that), but I do think that this is an improvement over a copperhead!

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Spring Brings New Life

Thursday, May 03, 2012

While the trees are all budding out and the flowers are blooming, the birds are also busy building their nests and bringing their little broods into the world. This is true at my house also, and for some reason the birds seem to love one of my begonia baskets in particular, the one that hangs the closest to my front door.

Every fall I put my hanging baskets in my basement and work to keep them alive through the winter. I've kept my begonia baskets alive for the last three years, hanging them back out front each spring. And each spring I can count on the little wrens immediately heading for the one closest to my front door. They work hard building their little nest while I try to stand on my step ladder and carefully add water around the nest to keep the plants alive during the heat without getting water on the nests. The truth is, it's almost harder to keep them alive in the summer when they have nests in them then it is to keep them alive through the winter in the basement.

Anyway, while I was away on vacation the wrens were busy at work on their first nest of the year (there are usually two to three nests in my basket each year). I looked in the basket two days ago and saw three tiny babies, their little eyes not yet even open.


This picture was taken two days ago (5/1). They were just little puff balls and their eyes were still closed. Momma bird flies to the nearby tree and fusses each time I get up on the stepladder to take pics or to water the plant, so I try to make it quick so as not to upset her too much.


This picture was taken this evening. You can now clearly see there are five babies and, although you can't see it in this picture, their eyes are now open.

I'll take another picture in a couple days and share it. I'm trying to find a way to mount my tiny camcorder near the basket and see if I can record Momma taking care of them, but not yet sure how I'm going to do this.

Anyway, update on my baby bird watch in a couple of days.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!



  
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MEWHENRYSMAMA 5/8/2012 11:15PM

    Oh, I wasn't getting notice of your blogs so came to look...why does that happen?
Anyway, so glad I did as I was so captivated with these sweet baby birds! Oh, how dear! Will be looking for follow ups!
THanks for sharing!
Love & Hugs!
Mary

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LUVS2BIKE101 5/4/2012 9:22PM

    Oh, how I love new life! Thanks for sharing!
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ELLENEAL 5/4/2012 9:34AM

    How sweet....what little miracles...thanks for sharing & brightening my morning :)


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INBRAZILFORNOW 5/4/2012 7:05AM

    What great photos!
We are in a new home and are just loving all the bird life we are seeing. I've been keeping my eye on a family and I think I witnessed some flying lessons.
I'll look forward to more pics! Thanks for posting.

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NELLIEC 5/4/2012 12:27AM

    They are adorable!

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JADE0757 5/3/2012 11:52PM

  Thank you so much for letting us be a part of this sweet event.
I will be looking forward to your updates and photos.


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DOODIE59 5/3/2012 11:01PM

    This is SO amazing!! Thank you for sharing -- how wonderful:)
Deirdre

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_JODI404 5/3/2012 10:36PM

    We raise several bird families here every year as well. I totally agree -- it is SO hard to keep a plant alive with them in it! The do seem to love front doors. We usually have several wren families and chickadees. I love sound of the babies chirping for their food while the parents are out gathering it.

The wren is definitely my favorite bird!

Love the photos, that is so cool! Look forward to the progress update!!

Have a great weekend!



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Vacation Over - Back to My Routine

Sunday, April 29, 2012

So vacation has come and gone. We had a great time, but as usual some of our plans changed along the way. If Iíve learned nothing else over the years, Iíve learned to be flexible. Actually, we did do most of what we planned, but the last few days involved a hamstring strain (not mine) and much colder temperatures at night that my sister wasnít completely prepared for. So, we decided to get to a lower elevation after two nights of freezing temperatures and take in some different sights.

The first few days we camped and hiked near Three Rivers, New Mexico and Oro Grande and then also visited White Sands.


Sunrise at Three Rivers


Indian Paintbrush


Hiking near Alamogordo, NM




White Sands


Sunset at White Sands


Sunset at White Sands


Ocotillo Cactus blooming near Alamogordo, NM


After that, we headed up into the Gila Wilderness where we camped at Lake Roberts a few nights and hiked during the day. We also hiked the trail to the Gila Cliff Dwellings, and they were spectacular!


Gila Cliff Dwellings


Gila Cliff Dwellings


Sunset at Lake Roberts


Our tents at night


This turkey vulture decided to display his wings for me.


Whitewater Canyon


The weather was beautiful during the day, but the night time temperatures were around 30 degrees. I stayed pretty warm in my small tent and sleeping bag, but my sister was having some real issues staying warm. For that reason, we decided to stay in a cabin the last two nights and visited the VLA (Very Large Array) near Datil, New Mexico and then Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge. Neither were in our plans, but they were both awesome.


VLA (Very Large Array)


Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge

And, I must post my favorite picture from the trip. We stopped in Silver City, New Mexico to get gas and in rolled a couple on their motorcycle with their little girl "Sadie" who was riding in a sidecar. I had to get a picture of her with her own seat belt and goggles. She was the happiest biker I've ever seen.


Sadie in her own sidecar!

All in all, it was a great trip, but I also missed all my boys at home. As much fun as it was, itís good to be back with my family and back to my own bed. Now time to get back to my workout routine and tracking my food again.

Hope everyone has a great week!

  
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MEWHENRYSMAMA 5/8/2012 11:16PM

    Just awesome pictures!
Thanks!
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LIVINGFREE19 5/7/2012 7:34PM

    Awesome photos!!
Thank you for sharing the beauty!

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ELLENEAL 4/30/2012 9:12AM

    Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos...

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GOLFGMA 4/30/2012 8:30AM

    Cindy, Thanks again for sharing some wonderful photos and amazing places. I loved the flowers and I bet you brought some more home for your special garden. Hope so! The wild life was great too. Can not imagine how you were able to get the picture of the canyon with all those huge rock and the water flowing through. I give this blog a great big 10! Hope Tommy and Thor are doing great! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JOJOBURG 4/30/2012 7:56AM

    Thanks for sharing your trip! Beautiful photos! Sadie was beautiful :)

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YIWEN39 4/29/2012 10:31PM

    What a beautiful trip :-) Gorgeous pics, thanks for sharing emoticon

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_JODI404 4/29/2012 10:17PM

    Glad you had a wonderful trip!!

Your pictures are stunning!! The white sands are incredible!!

Omg, does it get any cuter than Sadie?!! That is too cute!

I'm sure your boys are happy you are back home!

Thank you for always sharing your beautiful pics. I really enjoy seeing all these incredible sights!

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DOODIE59 4/29/2012 10:11PM

    I am glad you had a great visit with your sister. Those white sands are AMAZING. I thought I was looking at snow:) Thank you for sharing your photos with us -- it's a chance to see places some of us have never heard of.

Welcome home:) and have a great week.
Deirdre

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LADYVOLSFAN1954 4/29/2012 9:57PM

    Beautiful pics. It looks and sounds like you had an awesome time. Glad you had fun and welcome back. Loved Sadie in the sidecar - priceless.

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NEILITHICMAN 4/29/2012 9:22PM

    Awesome pics. Holidays are never long enough are they?

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EMPTYNESTER60 4/29/2012 8:57PM

    What beautiful pictures! Sometimes the best vacations are ones that we just let happen. Glad you made it home safely. Love Sadie's picture. My husband & I used to ride with a motorcycle club & the president had a parrot (General Lee) that used to ride on his handlebars behind the windshield. We always got smiles & waves from people along the way. emoticon

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WORLDSERIES11 4/29/2012 8:57PM

    Looks like you had a great time...beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing and welcome home!

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BOSTONRENT2007 4/29/2012 8:22PM

  Great photos! Love the doggie pic!

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ADEWYN 4/29/2012 8:20PM

    i just came back from a vacation too lol.. your pictures are beautiful looks like you saw alot and had fun!!

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Weekend of Family, Friends and Fun

Monday, April 09, 2012

I was lucky enough to have Easter fall on my long weekend off, so Tommy and I decided to spend the weekend at my uncleís mountain home. We planned to go bike riding on the Virginia Creeper Trail, which has long been one of our favorite activities.

With my best friend being on spring break (sheís a teacher), we decided to invite her to go along. Alyce decided to drive up Friday evening and stay with us the next two nights. Then, Friday morning while I was finishing packing and getting ready to go, Tommy looked on Facebook and saw that one of his cousins, Janyce, was in the mountains for a few days. Since she was alone, he contacted her and asked if she wanted to come and hang out with us. She agreed and he was excited because he hadnít seen her in many years. I was happy because I had never met her before.

So off we went Friday morning for what would turn out to be quite a day. We got to the house, turned on the hot water heater, unloaded our stuff and waited for the others to arrive. The first call came from Alyce who had taken a wrong turn, but we quickly got her back on track and to the house. Then the series of calls from Janyce began. She was coming from Cherokee, NC and had never been near where we were. It would have been comical had she not been so frustrated and it was getting late in the day. I was worried about her being lost on those winding back roads after dark (there is no major highway between Cherokee and West Jefferson). Fortunately, after dealing with wrong turns, dropped calls from lost cell signals, and her unplanned side trip to Roan Mountain in Tennessee (oops), we finally met her in West Jefferson at 8:30 Friday night. We had a great dinner at Genoís and then headed back to the house to relax in front of a wonderful fire.

Tommy really wanted Janyce to ride on the Virginia Creeper Trail, but she was a little hesitant about bike riding 17 miles. He loves taking people on the trail for the first time and sharing in their excitement, so he finally convinced her to go. I was happy she agreed, but also a little concerned about whether or not he could make it all the way. Alyce and I decided to drop them off and go hiking instead of riding so that we could pick him up at a road crossing if he got too tired. Well, Iím happy to say that Tommy and Janyce completed the entire 17 miles and we met them at Dotís Inn in Damascus, Virginia for a late lunch. He was exhausted, but very happy, and Janyce had a great time also.


Tommy and Janyce starting down the Virginia Creeper Trail

While Tommy and Janyce were bike riding, Alyce and I got in some exercise by hiking over Backbone Ridge and along the river. Wow, it was a gorgeous day!


Trail across the top of Backbone Ridge


Hiking along the river


Dogwood blooming by the river


The trillium was also beginning to bloom. They were beautiful!

After lunch we went back to the house where Tommy slept in front of the fire for hours. It was a great weekend with great friends and lots of fun and laughter!


Tommy was tired after his ride, but very happy.

We also stopped by St. Marys Episcopal Church in West Jefferson. The chapel is so beautiful.


St. Marys Episcopal Church in West Jefferson, NC.

On a side note, while we were at Dotís Inn in Damascus, I started talking to two AT thru hikers who had just finished eating there. The AT trail goes straight through the middle of Damascus and most thru hikers will take a break there to resupply, shower, rest, etc. When I told them about my dream of thru hiking the AT someday, they started really encouraging me to go do it. When I told them I had some more pounds to lose before considering it, they laughed and told me not to worry about the weight, to just start walking and they assured me I would lose all the weight I wanted and then some. I was so excited talking to them (they had already hiked 400+ miles) that I forgot to ask them if they have trail journals and what their trail names are. But to the two young men I talked to in Damascus, thank you so very much for the words of encouragement. Someday, when the time is right, Iíll do what they said. Iíll put my pack on my back and just start walking.

I hope everyone had a great Easter weekend!

  
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GOLFGMA 4/11/2012 8:50AM

    Cindy, you did it again! You took me right along on your trip. I could feel the connection between Janyce and Tommy after so many years. Family is always nice for getting together and having your neighbor along I'm sure was a treat for both of you. Tommy seems to be doing really well. This is emoticon

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ELLENEAL 4/10/2012 9:40AM

    Amazing photos! I love reading your posts!


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NEILITHICMAN 4/9/2012 11:18PM

    Sounds awesome, we got up to my sister-in-law's house up in Timaru and we had awesome weather so we got out most days.

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HEALTHY_CAROLYN 4/9/2012 5:01PM

    I absolutely LOVED reading this, and I'm so glad it was such a wonderful trip. Thank you for sharing the time with us. My husband would love to AT thru hike and reads journals from them. I told him I'd be the support vehicle, but I know he'd love for me to do it with him. Is there any more real statement than, get walking and the weight would come off. Man, I have to remember that!!

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 4/9/2012 3:29PM

    Wow, what a beautiful Easter weekend!
So happy for you...the moutain home looked lovely!
And the Trillium flower was just awesome!
Loved the pics and that Tommy made the entire 17 mile bike ride!
So enjoyed your blog,
Thank you!
Mary
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WORLDSERIES11 4/9/2012 2:40PM

    Wow, sounds like you had a wonderful time! So glad you got to get away to someplace beautiful and spend time with loved ones...and get in some great exercise too:)
Thanks for sharing the pictures, it's a lovely area!

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CHUBRUB3 4/9/2012 2:03PM

    Happy Easter my friend!
So glad you all had a fantastic time! As always your pictures are beautiful.
You inspire me to greater heights and more love.
Love to you and your loved ones.
Angela

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DOODIE59 4/9/2012 12:28PM

    Boy, your weekend plans just bloomed and bloomed; you got so much more out of it than your original plans -- and THEY would have made a perfectly lovely weekend in it's own right. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely experience, AND the wonderful photos. Perhaps one day we will get there for a hiking holiday. (Actually, I'm going to have to dig out a map and try to find exactly where you are talking about.)

One of my sparks groups records the distance they walk/run/hike/bike and apply it to a hike across the US from Virginia to Oregon. The REAL treat is that they have taken photos along the entire route, so every time you log your distance, the site provides you a photo of EXACTLY where you are along the route. I get a real kick out of it, even though, at the pace I'm going, it will take more than 5 years to cross your great country:)

I can't wait for the day you start your AT hike ... and the photos that go with it:)
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_JODI404 4/9/2012 11:38AM

    Wow, sounds like a truly wonderful weekend!!

I love your love for outdoor adventures! So glad Tommy could complete his ride that he enjoys so much! emoticon emoticon

It sounds to me like your ultimate AT Trail dream will be a reality! It makes sense to me that any extra weight would be falling right off once you start!

Woo~Hooo!!! I love when you two get to have these special times together!

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