Category Archives: Nature

“As you sit on the hillside, or lie prone under the trees of the forest, or sprawl wet-legged by a mountain stream, the great door, that does not look like a door, opens.” -Stephen Graham

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“This was how our parents taught us to love the mountains: They made us feel like part of them. Because, in essence, mountains are like people: To love them, you must first get to know them, and when you do, you can tell when they are angry and when they are happy, how you should […]

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We’ve had a healthy snow storm descend on the Smokies within the past few days and everything’s shutdown and closed up. Basically what that means is, I can’t get where I need to be.  Try as I may, I looked for a way in on Sunday, but to no avail. The best I could do […]

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“Pea Island Life-Saving Station was a life-saving station on Pea Island, on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. It was the first life-saving station in the country to have an all-black crew, and it was the first in the nation to have a black man, Richard Etheridge, as commanding officer.” “Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge […]

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The Cunning Crow. “Crows are mischievous and clever, resourceful and opportunistic, widespread and ever present. Yet, crows also have a more sinister association, their shadows, their darkness, their taunting voices. Crows symbolize the two sides of the human experience: life and death.”  

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“The Smokies Bury Their Secrets” “A good tracker knows to look for the white. Always look for white. That bright white leads you to fresh tracks, new breaks in twigs, scuff marks. Things that lead you to people.” – Dwight McCarter, man-tracker On June 14, 1969 six year old Dennis Martin disappeared from Spence Field.  […]

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Impromptu trip to the Smokies, armed only with the iPhone and a Border Collie.  I saw the icy peaks shimmering off in the distance and couldn’t resist seeing it all up close.      

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Round about 13,000 ft.  At this point the summit is within sight, but doesn’t seem to be getting any closer.  Gaining distance is all but an illusion out west, the vastness is humbling.  

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