On October 11, 2021, Ranger Bob (me, Bob Laney) met with two retired gentlemen from Greensboro, NC, Steve and Rick, who are experienced and expert hikers.  I was introduced to them by a mutual friend in Wilkes County.  Steve has explored and mapped on his GPS many dozens of unofficial trails in Stone Mountain State Park.  He has found dozens of unmapped waterfalls, about 300 old cabin sites and 80 moonshine stills.  He reports that he knows more than the park rangers about all the geographical and cultural features.  We hiked on the Tanawha Trail beside the Blue Ridge Parkway…
On the beautiful Sunday of August 29, 2021, Gerianne Hannibal, Rose Pawlyszyn and Ranger Bob took a paddling trip on the New River in Ashe County.  Gerianne and Rose rode their red sit on top kayaks; while I went in my teal and wood framed solo canoe. Our trip was from Zaloo’s Canoes just upstream from the NC 88 bridge to the Gentry Road bridge.  The weather was nearly perfect with lots of sun, periods of upstream breezes and no rain or clouds. I believe Gerianne and Rose used sunscreen.  I had been exposed to so much sun playing tennis…
On the (mostly) hot and sunny Saturday of July 24, 2021, Ranger Bob (me, Bob Laney), Gerianne Hannibal and Rose Pawlyszyn biked the New River State Park, VA, trail.  We went downhill from Dannelly Park to Fries Junction, and then back uphill to Fries, VA.  We encountered one intense rain fall, but it only lasted about 30 minutes and did not harm anything. Rose was our leader.  She had been there a half dozen times. Gerianne and I had been on other NRSP sections, but this trip was our first to this section.  We covered 26 miles on a smooth,…
On the bright, sunny warm Saturday morning of June 26, 2021, Ranger Bob went paddling with Gerianne Hannibal and Rose Pawlyszyn.  Bob was in his solo canoe while Gerianne and Rose were in their sit-in kayaks.  We put in at Zaloo’s Canoes just south of the NC Hwy 88 bridge and paddled to the take out at New River State Park, Wagoner Access.  The trip was five miles and took two hours of half drifting and half paddling.  There were plenty of shallow rocks and small riffles to steer around, but no rapids.  We all got into the Zen of…
For Free!  Belgium made (high quality) 16 gauge top break action shotgun.  Fires one shot at a time between breaking open action and reloading another single shell.  Kicks lighter than a standard 12 gauge shotgun..  Good starter gun for a teen ager, woman or other small framed person.  First caller gets the shotgun.