One Liner Wednesday – No is the New Yes

When we were on the parkway, we stopped at most of the overlooks on our route to take in the different views of the mountains. I donned my mask because even outside in the fresh mountain air, people were abundant, many without masks. Better to be safe than sorry, I think.

The Park Service had signs posted at Craggy Gardens suggesting social distancing of 6’ apart. As I was walking along, I saw a man with his dog, unmasked, but respectful of everyone’s space. As I walked by, he was sitting on the rock wall trying to get a ‘selfie’ with his dog when I heard him say,

“Excuse me. Could you take a photo of me and my dog?”

My mind quickly spun into gear. Friendly guy, but no mask. He had been taking photos, handling his phone and talking into it, do doubt. I had no hand sanitizer on my person and I was a good distance from the car. I smiled, but he couldn’t see that, of course.

”Sorry, I can’t – the virus”

His face shifted to acknowledgement and realization.

”Oh, ok, yeah. I understand.”

This is my new reality. I always loved obliging people by taking their photos. Once in the car, I wondered if he had an iPhone.  💭  I could have air-dropped it. Whoops, no. No wifi. And would he want me to have his photo on my phone? 💭 

I truly was sorry. Not a fan of this new Covid Reality.

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One Liner Wednesday – Autumn

Fall photo with a quote
Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay

Our weather has been seasonal with less humidity and much cooler seasonal temperatures. The mosquitos are still in full force, but the gnats seemed to have died down some.

Yesterday, our local weather people published their predictions for the height of fall color. We will be taking our annual trek up on the Blue Ridge Parkway soon to take in the fall color changes. It is one of our favorite drives of the year.

Fall color predictions

I am wishing for a long and languishing fall and a short but brisk winter.

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1LinerWednesday – Come Ride With Me

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
L. M. Montgomery

Yesterday when we saw the prediction for two days of rain we decided to rearrange our day and take a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The rain and wind coerce the leaves to fall to the ground creating a caramel-colored brown carpet woven of the remnants of summer. We wanted to see the splendor while the trees still had the color in their hair.

The black bear cubs were out again where we had seen them a few weeks before. I captured a couple of photos and a short video. At the end of the video when the bear retreats into the woods, you can hear him growl if you listen closely.

I tried to capture a little of the winding road as we weaved in and out of the trees. The light plays tricks as it changes from sunlit spaces to dark protected shadows.

Hubby snapped a photo of me in front of this vibrant red tree. I am not sure what was with that stance — ha!

And these photos that follow? They need no explanation.Just enjoy them. I certainly did enjoy taking them.

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A Day of Reflection

Day 26

After a night of unrest and a mind full of too many thoughts, I felt I needed a day of reflection. I was in search of a reminder of the blessings I have received and a moment to breathe in nature. It was a glorious much needed day with my husband.

Today I will not bore you with a lot of words. Instead I will share with you the glory that is my home and hope that it does as much for you as it did for me.

Before we started our adventure, we went to vote. Please VOTE!!

The Blue Ridge Parkway

We got on the parkway near the Arboretum. It is such a calm and beautiful drive. There wasn’t a lot of color, but it is still beautiful just the same.

We stopped at several outlooks on our way. We met a cute couple from Cleveland and happily took photos of them at Haw Creek Overlook.


I even did a short video of the drive if you want to travel along with us.

We continued on and the colors got a little more vibrant as we ventured further north. The overlooks were simply gorgeous everywhere we stopped. Next stop was Craven Gap.


We took a few snapshots on the way a little further north.

We made a few more stops at overlooks until we reached Craggy Gardens. It is supposed to be one of the most beautiful stops on the highway for wild flowers and blooms during the spring and summer. Of course we are too late for that, but we enjoyed seeing the Catawba Rhododendron trunks devoid of most of their leaves. We did not make the 7 mile hike up to Craggy Dome or Craggy Pinnacle, but it is on our list for a future hike.


All in all it was a fabulous day of renewal. A day that I needed. A day that reminded me that we are small and our problems and worries are small. We just need to embrace one another in the best way we can.

On the way home, we went by the Biltmore and enjoyed a Winky Bar Sundae at The Creamery. We saw a beautiful piece of an almost hidden rainbow on the drive home and ended up seeing the sun setting just above the ridge as we took our last turn toward home. Mother Nature was showing off just a tad bit today. And I am thankful she did.

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.
Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.
The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.” 

John Muir