Thursday, July 24, 2014

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Basket Weaving 101 & Woodcut Print Making

The two artists y'day that impressed us the most were David Cook of BasketCases (see his facebook page) and woodcut print maker Noah Prinsen (no known URL).  We actually had room in our SUV for two of the prints... next trip up to the Canton area we will stop by and pick up one of David's baskets....

David Cook with one of his large baskets.

artist Noah Prinsen with a fish print

One of Noah's bear prints... we purchased two "rabbit" prints.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Waynesville, NC (Art, History and more...)

 D/town Waynesville, NC

It was the annual ArtFest 2014 in Waynesville, NC only about 9 miles from our cottage.  While it was a rainy day, the crowds were not as fierce as years past, which is good for us who don't like crowds, but horrible for the vendors and artists trying to sell their wares.  We did pick up two original pieces (block prints) once for ourselves to hang at the beach and another as a gift.

 Shook Family Home museum

while out GeoCaching we visited the Historic Clyde, NC home of the powerful Shook family
Now a museum to the town and the times past.

 Inside the Shook House
Upstairs chapel in the historic Shook house where the founder of Methodism in America preached.

Waynesville Annual Art Fest... these guys are permanent however.

A cool surprise while Geocaching.  We found a bunch today.

In front of the Shook house.. after a docent tour


We saw this rabbit in Clyde and also on the way home a coyote up on a hill overlooking a heard of cows.

We ran into two nuns from Ohio (no this is not the start of a joke).  One was a teacher in Waynesville back in the 1960's and she and another sister were visiting the area.  She responded to Madison's Immaculate T-shirt and we spent a good 40-min talking with her.  It turns out that both she and her friend knew Fr. Keith Stripe (one of my buddies from GA who went into seminary and took his vowes in Toledo at the cathedral).  Small world ain't it.


We did it!!! A week away from home and never once in a Restaurant.

Two of our goals this trip were to avoid constant face time with electronic devices (computers, iPads, iPods, iPhones, etc.)... and try to avoid eating "out" in restaurants.  While eating in new places has been a past joy for us (and a reason to leave honest reviews on Yelp! and TripAdvisor  :8)) it was a goal we met.  Not once did we "dine out"... we cooked, taking turns preparing our meals in the well stocked kitchens of the cabins in which we stayed.  We estimate cutting our food bill by 2/3 if not more.

Bison Burger w/ pepper jack cheese & grilled onions, Slaw, Mashed Potatoes and grilled Asparagus.  Just a sample of the good stuff we ate on our healthy family vacation.  We packed provisions and purchased perishables locally.  We even brought along our first harvest of home grown tomatoes. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Kitty Meets (meats) World


Madison's SNOW PRODUCTION of "Kitty Meats World"... a trailer of a yet to be made documentary on the life and times of "PJ" the rescued kitty.

Mozana in the hills of NC

 More on downtown Waynesville click on here.

We vacated Bryson City and hopped along the interstate eastward a bit for another secluded cabin in the woods a bit closer to Asheville and Hendersonville.  It rained on us most of the day, but we kept entertained with indoor activities.

more on Mozana


Some extra photos off of the iPhone.....

First tomato of the season (Sharon's Garden in the Inlet)

Handsome Family at the Falls......

Hillbilly Sharon

Selfie at the Falls

"Soft Kitty, Warm Kitty"

tongue and cheek
Worst B&B Ever.  We will never stay there again.  Bad review on TripAdvisor and Yelp!
The Beds were as hard as rocks.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

More Mountain FUN....

The folks at Rolling Thunder have a thing for Kudzu.  For more on that visit:

Some picture of Monday's adventure with the whole gang on the water in a guide assisted trip down the rapids... that means we went with a group but NO guide in our raft.  A bit hairy but fun never the less.  Dad was piloting the boat.  Mic, Maddy, Sharon and Anna were paddling like hell to stay off the rocks....

Calm before the storm...

Today we did some hiking and trecking.  We found the Deep Creek ParkGreat Smoky Mountains National Park. and hiked in a bit to find 3 waterfalls.  Tom Branch Falls and Indian Creek Falls were on the main path and an easy hike.  Juney Whank Falls on the other hand was a bit of a hike vertical, but it was a very picturesque and serene setting.  Worth the hike.

"Paddle like your life depended on it"....

Rafting or Drifting... or Drifting-Rafting... going down a Class II sideways...

Madison is laughing her butt off... Sharon is mortified.

Seconds to getting very very wet.

Made it through Class III at the end of our first run...

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

2nd Run down the Nantahala River... this time solo

We rented some inflatable kayaks (funyaks) and did the solo-non-guided trip down Class II and III rapids.  about 3 hrs on the water.  Mic was alone in a single, Madison shared one with dad and Sharon and Anna took another.  We had some of the same guides in the part, but we had a much bigger crowd that required 2 buses to transport us to the drop off zone.

Mic attacking the final rapid (Class III)

Mic getting wet....

Mic's expression is worth $1000.  You can tell he is wet and COLD!

Out of the hydrolic

"Hey man, I made it"

Madison and dad approaching the Class III

Holy Crap............

....Its a Kayak Taco....

Will they make it out???

Jettisoned at last.... Miller Time.