Tuesday, September 21, 2010

apple festival

The band performed Saturday at the Lincolnton Apple Festival.  Casual dress since it was a warm day.

Color guard marching out...

Then here comes the band...

Ready to play....

Miss flutist....

Monday, September 20, 2010

band...at the beginning

First practice in uniform.
The show is "the accused"
The girl in red is accused then as the show goes on, more red appears and more are accused. 

And my girl in her baggy uniform...

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

08.25.10 high school....

Crummy morning light for pictures....

Dumping her off in front of the school

Friday, August 13, 2010

marching band

today was the last day of band camp
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday was 9-8:30.
Wednesday was 9-5.
Today was 9-3 then a show for parents.
This is the practice field about behind the school.
We are standing up on a cliff so you can see the formations

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Saturday, July 17, 2010

and the last day of 13....

SMNF - part 2

Early morning with a foggy lens...

The next day we decided to go for a hike on the Appalachian Trail. Chris wanted to hike 4 miles into "Charlies Bunyon" and Hannah and I wanted to go shorter. So he agreed that we could turn around if we wanted.

We drove up to Newfound Gap and joined the trail in the parking lot. Headed out along the NC/Tennessee border - and hiked and hiked.

We arrived at the IceHouse Shelter about 3 miles in. We were so close to the bunyon, we all agreed to go on but first a bite to eat.

Within minutes a front moved in and it was a downpour. And I mean downpour.

After about 15-20 minutes, the skies cleared and we went on our way. Everyone we passed was soaking wet and wanted to know HOW WE WERE DRY!!! Just dumb luck!

We arrived at Charlies Bunyon and boy, it was crowded!

We stayed for a little then headed back. I was able to find the Bunyon on our return, now that I knew what to look for. See those hikers on the knoll?

Here, a closer look.

Proof that yes, we did hike the Appalachian Trail!

But Maine....1972 miles??? Yikes.

Smoky Mountain National Park - part 1

So in June we went camping to Smoky Mtn. National Park - stayed in the park at Smokemont so no hot showers or electric hookups.

We went up on a friday and came home Monday.

At the visitors center was an old homestead. The barn is original, all the other buildings were moved in from other areas of the park.

Hannah down at the river

Playing the lap harp

Someone is in my photo op

Now this is what I was trying to shoot...

Then on the way back to camp we stopped at an old grist mill...

After returning to camp we decided to take a hike - about 3 miles up to a hikers reststop.

Not officially on the Appalachian Trail...

The next day we drove thru Maggie Valley to the Catalochee Valley - where the elk have been re-introduced. It was winding dirt roads for the final stretch and very isolated. There was few people there, but we understand that in the fall when the Elk are mating and fighting the hordes drive in.

We were very lucky to see elk during the middle of the day.....while eating lunch

Then they decided to head to the forest and hang out along the river bank

Next to the picnic table was this old barn...can't you just see all the "letters' in that baby???

Friday, July 16, 2010

The last day of school....2010 version

Hannah's last day of school. They had an assembly where awards were given then a band concert.

Hannah did not want me there snapping photos.

Come on, give me one smile.


Getting recognized for Math Counts

Mom stop it


I'll smile for you Mrs. Fritts (what a sweetie). Notice Hannah off to the side - No, Mandie, NO!!!

And playing their final concert

bridges and milll

In may, I took off in my trusty Volvo pickup truck to shoot a couple of local landmarks that I had never visited. The Murray's Mill (grist mill) and one of the last 2 covered bridges remaining in North Carolina.

First the mill...

And the bridge.....

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Linville Falls, Memorial Day 2010

same camp site, different friend for H. Miss A was a joy to have along.

Saturday the weather looked iffy. We ended up without any storms but it could have hit us at any time. So we stayed close to camp. The girls worked on collages.

Of course we found an ice cream shop!

Sunday morning - we heading out hiking the trails...

A few from the bottom of the gorge. We hiked down to the bottom of Linville Gorge for a different view of it all.

First we hiked down down down. Then we decided to hike up up up to the top!

View from the top? Can you tell?

Campfire biscuites in the rain on Monday morning: