New River in Flood Stage

The late summer and early fall 2020 saw excessive amounts of rain in north west NC.  I had three river canoe trips cancelled by outfitters Zaloo's Canoes and New River Outfitters due to high water levels making being on the water dangerous.  On the Sunday of September 20 Michael Brown,…


 
 

New River Canoeing

The weather was clear, sunny and warm on July 26, 2020, when I paddled my canoe on the New River in Ashe County.  I hired the New River Outfitters in south east Ashe County to shuttle me up stream about 7 miles for their "intermediate" trip.  I was paddling solo…


 
 

Boone Fork Trail in the Summer

On the sunny, hot day of July 12, 2020, I took a nice wooded hike on the Boone Fork Trail in Price Park, Watauga County, NC.    The most notable event was that due to recent rains and abnormally muddy trail, at one steep location I slipped and skinned my…


 
 

Roan Mountain Blossoms

Roan Mountain, TN, and the grassy balds for several miles to the north contain the biggest collection of native growing wildflowers of which I am aware in the Appalachian Mountains.  Each year in mid June is the peak season of the blossoms of rhododendron, flame azalea, mountain laurel, bluets and…