Bob Laney

  • 07/02/2005

    Grandfather Summer Storm

    On July 2, 2005, I took a hike on my favorite mountain, as training for my trip next month to hike in Grand Tetons National Park. I went from US 221 on the Daniel Boone Scout trail to Calloway Peak and back down. I have been on Grandfather Mountain hundreds of times. I thought that I had seen every kind of meteorological condition. I thought wrong. This expected simple hike turned into a little bit of adventure. I saw three superlatives in one day - conditions with more of something than I had ever seen before.

  • 06/18/2005

    Roan Mountain Wild Flowers

    On a sometimes sunny and sometimes cloudy Saturday in June, 2005, Ranger Bob lead his fourth annual trek to the Roan high balds to see the peak of the wild flowering bushes. Along for the show were Paul Anderson, Dan Bumgarner, Debbie Staley and John Willardson. This article includes photos from other Roan Mountain flower trips in 2006 and 2008, for which there is no separate written article. Shown from those trips are the Laney and Parker family clans, my mother Lib Laney, Joyce Anderson, Joe Richardson and children, Kendall Forester, Gwen Temple and others. Enjoy the view!

  • 06/05/2005

    Grandfather Mountain Scout Trail

    On a warm, sunny day in June, 2005, Bob and Debbie Laney explored the Daniel Boone Scout Trail on the northeast ridge of Grandfather Mountain. This was Debbie's first trip onto the mountain. It was Bob's-oh, say, about-150th trip.

  • 05/20/2005


    Over the week and two weekends of May 20 ' 29, 2005, Paul Anderson and I (Bob Laney) went scuba diving in the beautiful tropical waters off Bonaire.' The reefs there are on the top of many professional guide lists of the best places in the world to dive, including for shore diving and diversity of wildlife.

  • 05/14/2005

    Doughton Park in the Rain

    On the late spring weekend of May 14 - 15, 2005, the St. Paul's Episcopal Church youth group took a camping trip to Doughton Park. Under the capable leadership of Bruce and Kathy Nolin, they were accompanied by other adults Dave Bormann, Greg Hackett, Bob Laney and Debbie Staley. There were about 8 kids, mostly high school freshmen and sophomores. The juniors and seniors were having their prom that weekend.

  • 04/16/2005

    Grayson Highlands in the Spring

    On the chilly spring Saturday morning of April 16, 2005, Bob Boettger, Dan Bumgarner, Debbie Staley and Bob Laney took off for Grayson Highlands State Park in southwest Virginia. Even though many spring flowers and buds were showing in Wilkes County, the VA highlands were still under the lock of winter, with frost on the ground, no flowers and no green leaves. The wind chill factor was likely in the range of the teens Fahrenheit. We even hiked past a couple of remnant snow patches!

  • 04/15/2005

    Appalachian Trail Through Hike

    On April 15 of 2005 the Kiwanis Club speaker was Warren Doyle, professor at Lees-McCrae College. His claim to fame is having done what the above title says - hike from Springer Mountain, Georgia, to Mount Katahdin, Maine, and hundreds of other mountains in between, about 2,167 miles each trip  a dozen times. Which is more than anyone else in history.

  • 02/23/2005

    Grand Targhee Ski

    Carroll Lowe and I had a run for a few years from around 2002 to 2005 of annual ski trips to big slopes out west - Alta, UT; Snowbird, UT; Jackson Hole, WY; and others. It was a golden age. The last trip of that golden run was to Grand Targhee, ID, from late February to early March, 2005.

  • 12/15/2004

    Doughton Park in a Blizzard

    Around December 15, 2004, one cold weekend, Bob Laney decided to take a hike in Doughton Park. After a couple of calls, Kendall Forester was recruited to make up the team. We drove in spitting snow to the trailhead at Alligator Back Rock.

  • 12/14/2004

    White Knight

    One Sunday afternoon I was on my way home from Bill Booth's house in Rutherford County. On a remote section of US-221-N, I passed a recent accident. The injuries were limited to small cuts, bruises and mild shock. One of the two vehicles, a van, had rolled after the collision into a deep ditch ' about chest high to me. One corner of the van had jumped the ditch and was resting on the other side, canted down at a steep angle. It occurred to me with a small surge of excitement that this was an opportunity for me to play Ranger Bob!