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Our favorite wildlife sightings are Black Bears – usually, the yearlings that are so recently on their own they wander where they shouldn’t be, at times they shouldn’t. This little guy visited us one morning a couple of years ago and I shot this pic through the window. So far, this year’s visitors have been at night, protected by momma!

A search for a mountian picnic and escape from the news of the day.

I love mountains and this time of year we are usually packing to head to our home in the beautiful, tranquil North Carolina High Country. But, not yet. So today since mountains have been on my mind, I’m sharing a few of my favorite pics with altitude. I have one more treat to share. There are thousands of links to virtually visit museums, listen to concerts, and keep yourself entertained. For me,… Read More

If you enjoy the quirky side of Americana you will love the House of Mugs (aka The Collettsville Cup House). Located in Collettsville in rural western North Carolina, near the Wilson Creek Recreation Area, about 12 miles from Lenoir. The house is a testament to something – I’m just not sure what. It’s estimated there are 25,000 mugs covering the house, fence, and arch; feel free to bring one along to add… Read More

Historic Baker Barn, Madison County, NC

A few weeks ago, I wrote about buying a painting at a fundraiser for the Appalachian Barn Alliance, a group dedicated to documenting historic barns in this part of western North Carolina. My husband and I decided to take one of their self-driving tours and visit the barns of Walnut Township in Madison County. Once in Madison County, we followed winding country roads for about two hours to nine different barns the… Read More

  St. John’s Episcopal Church is a little gem tucked away in the woods down a gravel road in Sugar Grove, NC.  Not far from its parent church The Church of the Holy Cross Episcopal* in Valle Crucis, St. John’s was built in 1862. It came about through the fortitude and aspirations of William West Skiles who gave his life to the church and was deaconate in Valle Crucis.  He served the… Read More

Steps to a lookout at Wiseman's View.

See unparalleled views of the Linville Gorge from Wiseman’s View, near Marion. NC.  Looking down across the deepest gorge in the eastern U.S., you can clearly see the Linville River snaking through the forest 1500’ below. The trail itself is an easy, paved, 0.4-mile, handicap accessible path that even has a permanent port-o-potty-style bathroom at the trailhead. But, oh boy, the ride there is an adventure. It’s only four miles on a… Read More

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