Bob Laney

  • 07/15/2006

    Boone Fork Trail with St. Paul's

    In July of 2006 St. Paul's Parish of Wilkesboro journeyed to Valle Cruces for its annual retreat. Chuck Forester and Bob Laney were elected to lead the adult outdoor activity on Saturday. Unlike Bob and Chuck's Great Adventure a few years earlier, when we were assaulted by a terrible thunderstorm on the top of Grandfather Mountain, this time the weather was nice. We enjoyed a warm and sunny day.

  • 07/10/2006

    Isla Mujeres

    Isla Mujeres Diving

    Over a short week in late July 2006, Paul and Joyce Anderson lead our small group of Stan and Iris Carmen with Bob and Debbie Laney to the western Caribbean Island of Isla Mujeres.

  • 07/04/2006

    New River Paddling with Family

    Over the long July 4th weekend of 2006, Bob and Debbie Laney joined Allison Laney and her fianc'e Steven Harris, and Brian Mendenhall and his buddy Tyson Philyaw from Winston-Salem, for a pleasant day of paddling canoes on the New River. Brian and his buddy could only stay for the first day canoeing. Allison and Steven camped 4 days at the New River State Park, Wagoner Access.

  • 07/04/2006

    New River Family and Friends

    Over the long July 4th weekend in 2006, Debbie and Bob Laney joined Allison Laney and her fiancee Steven Harris, and Brian Mendenhall and his buddy Tyson Philyaw from Winston-Salem for a pleasant day of paddling canoes on the New River. Brian and his buddy could only stay for the day canoeing. Allison and Steven camped 4 days at the New River State Park, Wagoner Access. Debbie and Bob stayed the first evening at the campsite to share a charcoal grilled cookout supper with the youngsters. Then two days later the old fogies returned in the evening after work to do it again - this time cooking over a fire of oak and maple. We old timers just can't get enough of that campfire taste! Saturday morning saw the Laney clan meeting at Debbie and Bob's Fairplains, NC, house to carpool with the NC State students. We met the Mendenhall contingent at the river put in where NC-16 crosses NC-88, just down stream from Zaloo's. The weather was perfect ' clear blue ski, warm but not broiling hot, a mild breeze and refreshingly cool water. (More on the water temperature later...).

  • 05/26/2006

    Watauga River Trout

    On a pretty, sunny [and early - starting at 6 a.m.!] spring morning in late May, 2006, Debbie and Bob Laney traveled to Hampton, TN, to meet Judson Conway. That name may be vaguely familiar. If you read the biography of Eustace Conway, The Last American Man, Judson features prominently in several chapters. He is Eustace's younger brother, the one who rode with Eustace and Judson's girlfriend on the world record setting cross continental horse packing trip about 6 years ago. And the author, Elizabeth Gilbert, was right: Judson is handsome and charming!

  • 05/21/2006

    Wild Dunes Redux

    It's a tough job, but somebody's got to do it. The weekend of May 21, 2006, the Paul Anderson Tuesday Afternoon Tennis Club and Tea Society caravanned to Charleston, SC, for another outing. We decamped to Wild Dunes Resort where Bob Boettger arranged for us to rent a truly large and luxurious house for a pittance. Also along were John 'Death Star' Willardson, Jim 'Vacation' McCrae, Bobby 'Casanova' Isenhour, Dave 'Coach' Wiles and Bob 'Volley' Laney.

  • 10/15/2005

    Night Biking to a State of Zen

    One warm, foggy October evening in 2005 after work I decided to do my first bike ride on Lithia Springs Road after dark from start to finish. Always before I would start in the daylight and try to end in daylight, or at worst finish soon after dusk. But this time it was too late in the day. This trip would require the balance of several competing factors: concentration vs. relaxation, perseverance vs. patience and domination vs. acquiescence.

  • 07/24/2005

    Grandfather Mountain Training for the Tetons

    In the fall of 2004 Jim Smoak graciously invited several men from St. Paul's Church to join him for a week's vacation in August, 2005, at his cabin on the Snake River near Jackson Hole, WY. In addition to eating, sleeping, beer drinking and tall-tale swapping, we hope to get in some fishing and trail hiking in the adjacent, dramatic, magnificent Grand Teton National Park. Toward mid-July, 2005, most of us desk jockeys became aware of the sedentary nature of our life styles. Compared to the lung busting, feet pounding hikes around 10,000 feet coming up in the near future, we felt ' how can I say this? ' inadequate.

  • 07/16/2005

    Blue Stone Quarry Diving

    Some where near the middle of our fair state, just north of Asheboro, is an old rock quarry converted to a scuba diving resort called Blue Stone. On a cloudy Saturday in late July, 2005, the Wilkes County 2004 Hurricane Dive team trekked there. This is the crew whose first open water training dive, to get our scuba licenses, was planned for Key Largo, FL, in August, 2004. That trip was postponed four times (count 'em - 4) by serial hurricanes.

  • 07/15/2005

    Dive Show Production Press Release

    Date: Friday, July 15, 2005, 3 p.m.

    Subject: Bonaire DVD Press Release

    By: Paul 'Hollywood' Anderson, videographer, producer and director

    The much anticipated DVD of Paul Anderson's production of Bonaire, An Adventure on Land and Sea will soon be available. According to inside sources, problems encountered in production, attributed primarily to user error (the nut behind the wheel) are being resolved'finally! The studio is now projecting a release date of July 22, 2005.