Bob Laney

  • 05/01/2007

    Tennis Lesson

    John Barker and I won the first set against John Willardson and Bobby Isenhour. Then John Willardson and I were down 0 - 5 in the second set when it came my turn to serve. I decided not to go down without a fight. I started whaling the ball.

  • 04/07/2007

    New River Holiday

    For our July 4 holiday in 2007, Debbie and Bob Laney decided to spend a part of the day paddling on the South Fork of the New River in Ashe County. With so many delectable sections to choose from, we selected the portion from Todd to Fleetwood Falls. After arriving at the river, we perused the section from the road and decided that the upper section was too shallow, so we put in at the intersection of Railroad Grade Road and Brownwood Road, behind the old feed store.

  • 04/06/2007

    Davis Cup Tennis

    The weekend of April 6 - 8, 2007, saw some of the top tennis players in the world at the Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem. It was the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup with the USA vs. Spain. The US was represented by Andy Roddick (world ranking # 3) and James Blake (# 9) playing singles, and the Brian brothers (# 1) playing doubles. For Spain the players listed included Rafael Nadal (# 2) and several others ranked from # 7 to # 35. Unfortunately, Rafa had a minor injury and did not compete.

  • 03/10/2007

    Winter Backpacking on Grandfather Mountain

    To keep from losing my Ranger Bob merit badge for winter backpacking, I needed to go on such a trip some time before spring. It had been several years since I went backpacking at all - probably the last time was with Will McElwee to Max Patch on the Appalachian Trail in southern NC. And it had been a year or so before that since I went backpacking in the winter - probably also with Will on the Nuwati Trail on Grandfather Mountain. So, a couple weeks before the spring equinox - the official start of spring - I planned this trip for the weekend of March 10, 2007.

  • 02/18/2007

    Deep Winter in the (Almost) Deep South

    Sunday evening on February 18, 2007, Carroll Lowe drove to Appalachian Ski Mountain to put in his time as a professional ski patroller. This was his 15th season. He invited me to tag along. I was pleasantly surprised by the good ski conditions in the southern US. This was my first trip back to the Appalachian resort in about 30 years. After having learned to ski there, I grew frustrated with the often warm weather and slushy or crusty snow. In the intervening years I had moved on to larger and higher slopes in Wyoming, Utah, Idaho and Montana.

  • 01/06/2007

    Vermont Ski and Snow Hike

    In January of 2007 Bob Laney and Debbie (then Laney, now Staley) flew to Vermont to visit Debbie's daughter and son-in-law, Audrey and James Barnes. James is the brother of my daughter Allison's grammar school and dance studio best friend Whitney Barnes. It was typical Vermont winter weather ' temperatures below zero much of the time and several feet of snow everywhere.

  • 10/13/2006

    Hammocks Beach State Park

    On a moderately warm October weekend in 2006 I went to the beach with my sea kayak. The goal was to paddle to Bear Island. I had a long pleasant drive from Wilkes County to Bogue Banks, just west of Atlantic Beach, which is further southwest from Morehead City, NC.

  • 09/09/2006

    Pilot Mountain Rock Climbing

    One week in September, 2006, my nephew Robert Parker called me to see if I wanted to accompany him on a rock climbing trip to Pilot Mountain State Park in Surry County, NC. Robert had an occasion to be in the area while his wife visited with her family, and he needed something athletic to do on Saturday. I readily said yes.

  • 07/18/2006

    Tennis Hubris

    Last Tuesday evening, at the weekly session of the Paul Anderson Tuesday Afternoon Tennis and Tea Society, Paul and I got together for a match with John Barker and Billy Gee. First let me set the scene, with the cast of characters.

  • 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.