When I was growing up, the word “outside” had a magical meaning for me. “Going outside” meant we were going on an adventure. “Sitting inside” meant we were bored and that it was probably raining. Outside was where everything was happening: biking, hiking, building forts, climbing trees, running through the woods, whooping and hollering. Even as an adult, that is still where I get most of my enjoyment. For me, nature is vitally connected to health and happiness. I just cannot imagine being healthy and happy and not being “in” nature – outside. I hope you enjoy reading about some of my adventures and trying out some of my ideas for healthy living.
Riding a Bicycle – I have something in my life that helps to keep me together – physically, mentally and spiritually. It’s called a bike. Others have gardening, yoga, fishing, horseback riding – I have biking. You gotta have something…
Fly Fishing the French Broad – In November, 2012, seven buddies and I went to Lake Toxaway, NC for a fishing trip. Even though we stayed on the lake, we fly fished on the nearby French Broad River. It was fabulous.
Debbie’s Garden – My sister Debbie, who passed away last summer, left behind a wonderful oriental garden in Blackstone, Virginia. It’s full of delightful surprises.
Hiking Biltmore – Part 3 – Fall Color – On this trip, I retrace some of our steps on the Garden Trail, looking for great examples of fall color.
Hiking Biltmore: Part 2 – Early Autumn – A continuation of the trails around the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC, including the Westover Trails, the Farm Trail that goes along the French Broad River and the Arbor Trace Trail, all of which originate, more or less, at Antler Hill Village.
Hiking Biltmore – Part 1 – A lot of people have been through the house, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains around Asheville, NC; but the house is just the tip of the iceberg. There are 8,000 acres on Biltmore Estate, with so much to do that you feel like you’re at a resort – which you are. But one of the best and cheapest things to do is just to hike the grounds. This part includes the Garden and Bass Pond Trails, Deer Park Trail and the Lagoon Trail.
The Death of Nannie – My grandmother of 109 years of age died on Easter Sunday morning, 2011. We buried her on the Saturday before Mother’s Day, two weeks later. It was appropriate. She was the end of an era.
Eat Right, Be Healthy, Live Long, Look Good… and Do It All on Less Than $250 a Month. My 109-Year-Old Grandmother is Proof!
Backpacking on Mount LeConte – Four Days and Forty Miles on the Appalacian Trail through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, including Mount LeConte (the tallest mountain face in the Eastern United States), Newfound Gap, Charlie’s Bunion, Peck’s Corner, Boulevard and Alum Cave Trail.