Wednesday, May 27, 2015

More exercise activity

We drove up to Hillsborough to go hiking!   There's a small state park there - the Eno River State Park.  It has several nice hiking trails - so we loaded up our backpacks with water and a snack.

Nice shady trails - some of the prettiest rhododendron I've ever seen - more blossoms than I ever saw in the mountains at home!

Hiked to the overlook - you can barely make out the Eno River down in the trees.

Just beautiful shady trails....thank goodness because it was very warm!

And yes, we did hike down to the river.  If you look close at the upper middle of this photo, you'll see the expected rope swing.....obviously a hangout for teens.  A great day!

Friday, May 22, 2015


My kid's (Miranda included!) are the greatest!

Imagine.....Karen's perfect birthday more wine!

Biking part of the American Tobacco Trail

Duane and I are trying to be a little more "fit" in our semi-retirement.

We loaded the bikes up on the pickup and took them over to New Hill to ride some on the American Tobacco Trail.  It is an abandoned railway that the various counties have made into a wonderful bike/pedestrian path.

Rather than take a paper map these days I just snap a photo of the "you are here" poster.  I can always take the phone out of my pocket and enlarge it.

We rode about 24 miles!!  12 miles, stopped  at a park just over the Durham County line for a rest and snack.   Good fun but harder than I thought (I think it was uphill both ways, haha!)

I was wobbly by the time we got back to New Hill!!

Thursday, May 21, 2015


I've been doing some spring-cleaning.  I opened the drawer in the filing cabinet where I've stored various photos - mostly duplicates or photos that just didn't make the "cut" to be put in an album. 

Lots of negatives too.  I finally decided that the negatives could all be thrown out - I will never have any use for them.  Plus, they were not at all organized so I really would have to look closely at each one to even figure out what they are.....amazing how spoiled we are now with digital photos.

So, they all went in the trash!  The drawer is not as crammed now, but still needs some work!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Trip to West Virginia

We flew to Charleston to attend our nephew's Eagle Scout ceremony.

Pretty flight....over Greensboro.

Pretty mountains....but you can easily see the damage from the strip mines...

Love the landing approach to the Charleston's just a flat spot cut on the top of a mountain.

Folks chatting before the ceremony.

Teresa had done a wonderful job decorating and providing snacks.

Ten + years of scouting memories.

Sorry for the fuzzy photo - my camera just doesn't take good low light, zoomed photos....
During the ceremony - Mom pins the Eagle Scout badge on the uniform.

It was close to  my birthday - and my sis gave me a pair of beautiful Pandora earrings....and, of course the card we've been exchanging  for close to 20 years.  We've run out of room on that one, so we'll start to use the card at the right - the inside reads "Now you say it to me".....

We had a nice, but short visit with them...back to the airport for the flight home.  Love the gold dome of the Capitol Building!

What is it with cloudy flights?  Smooth flight eastbound!

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Flying & Sailing trip

Over the next few days, I'll post details of our Flying and Sailing trip over on the Sailing Blog.

Check back for updates!