Blogs, random thoughts, travel

  • You Want Me to Park Where?

    Since converting Wanda from a plumbing service vehicle to a camper, we’ve tried to utilize her as often as possible. 

  • The List

    Lists are visible signs of our procrastination and accomplishments.
  • Daaaaa Bearsssss

    Many of our friends want to come to our house to see the bears.  But it doesn’t work that way.  The bears determine their schedule and availability.  I assume they have other homeowners to entertain besides us. 

  • Planning for Spontaneity

    In order to be spontaneous, we have several lists on the kitchen counter in various stages of completion.  
  • When Is It Too Rough To Rough It?

    We don’t worry too much about forgetting something we might need on a trip.  Years ago people would say “there’s always a Wal-Mart nearby” but the more reassuring thought today seems to be that there is ALWAYS a Dollar General nearby.  On our last trip we tallied thirteen in two days.  
  • Week of Waterfalls

    [The ranger] assured us our Civic could handle the gravel road to the parking lot but not to think about traveling farther down that road.  Then she pointed out some simple to reach falls closer to the Blue Ridge Parkway and I pointed to a spot on the map and commented “that’s where we tried going a few years ago but got a hincky feeling about the directions”.  She suddenly had more respect for us and said “oh, you’ve been reading so-and-so’s book”.  
  • Moth Man

    Back at the visitor center, Jenni was taking care of business and I was trying to get Annie to go to the park’s water bowl.  However, the man we had just met was standing right beside the water bowl with his large coon hound.  He was studying the moths which had gathered on the wall during the night. 
  • Ultimate Outside Update


    A few weeks ago I wrote about our quest to visit all 47 South Carolina State Parks in an effort to get a FREE T-shirt as part of the Ultimate Outsider Challenge.  We had done 1-1/2 parks at that point.

    In case you, or my wife, forgot what it takes to FULLY qualify (by my rules), we must visit the park, walk SOMEWHERE in it, take our photo in front of the park sign, and get an ink stamp in our official park service book.  To date, we are at 9-1/2 official parks. (At this point, we still need to return to Devil’s Fork for the photo.)

  • Trash or Treasure?

    Maybe when you read that headline you thought we were cleaning closets again.  Not this time.  We save that for winter months and times of personal...
  • Ultimate Outsider

    The second park we visited was Devil’s Falls State Park on Lake Jocasse.  We entered the park domain and hiked a trail to view the rare Oconee Bell flowers, but then our standards were compromised.  We did take a group photo that include our friends hiking with us but failed to place a park sign in the background.  (A do over is now required.)  And then there was the stamp.
  • Lazy Man’s Guide to Northern Greenville County Hikes

    I don’t have a problem maneuvering the car just right and putting the window down for a clearer view.  But if I have to get out of the car, the view better be worth the effort.