Fields with hay rolls drying out in the fields. You can spot the farmhouse in the background, just before the mountains. This was a common site along Western North Carolina.
A beautifully dilapidated church where nature seems to be winning out. The brick and the worn entrance give this church some character.
We decided Pilot Mountain looks like a big button that someone needs to push. A nice little day hike around the base of Pilot started off our morning.
From an overlook at Pilot Mountain we could see down onto a freshly plowed field. The white farmhouse sits to the left of the property.
A view from an overlook at Pilot Mountain. It was neat looking down and seeing farm property cut out of all the trees.
Ant, Carolyn, and Freg all received a bit of roughage this evening with their starter salads from Soppers Restaurant.
A painted building wall in downtown Mt. Airy depicting some of the historical places to see in town, along with what they are known for.
Andy Griffith’s house in Mayberry. Oh wait, nope. This was the home in Mt. Airy that was filmed and was Andy’s house in the show.
The fencing outside of an old vegetable garden. The wooden posts are sharpened on one end to keep the critters out.
Old farm building out at Hutchinson Homestead in Stone Mountain State Park. You can get a glimpse of how farmers lived back in the 19th century. It was really neat walking through this site.
This 600 ft. granite dome forms Stone Mountain that is the centerpiece of Stone Mountain State Park, NC.
A more intimate perspective of the 600 ft. granite dome of Stone Mountain State Park, NC.
A view from an overlook off the Blue Ridge Parkway. From here you can see quite a few farms nestled into the rolling hills.
A view from the teeny-tiny overlook of Mount Jefferson. Up here you can see a lot of Ashe County, the town sits in the valley.
We pass by a buffalo farm out on our way to Mount Jefferson. It is hard to imagine that a large population of buffalo used to roam the lands here.
Old wooden fence posts wrapped with barb wire fence. The grass has grown up tall all around, better watch out for ticks. This is a quick and easy fence to put up to keep livestock from roaming around.
They are called Blue Ridge Mountains for a reason. Off in the distance you can notice the mountains appear a blue shade. Beautiful, just beautiful.
Multi colored blooms out on Buddy’s porch. This flower has yellow, red, and bright purple flowers.
Buddy’s chickens out in his backyard. All the gold ones are named Barbara. Buddy has 23 free range chickens that give him fresh eggs everyday.
Rocking chairs out on Buddy’s back porch look out towards Grandfather Mountain. The view was especially clear this evening.
A small falls out at Hebron Rock Colony. This is a pleasant area during the summertime to go explore and find a nice rock to sunbathe on or find a small pool to swim in.
Ant, the AMAZING tightrope walker, using his balancing skill to make it up this rather large and stable log.
Rocks spread out to form whatever path you want to make for yourself up Hebron Rock Colony. Along the way you run into the water running down the rocks, another obstacle on your path.
Carolyn doing some rock hopping out at Hebron Rock Colony, a summer time staple in Boone.
Ant doing some extreme rock hopping out at Hebron Rock Colony. Look at him ‘whoosh’ through the air!
The suns shines up on a white rhododendron bloom out at Hebron Rock Colony. The rhodos were in bloom all over.
The sun streams through the leaves in the forest out at Hebron Rock Colony. The sun was hot and the shade was cool on this adventure.
Daniel, the grillmaster, making sure everything is going well under the hood of the grill. Thanks Daniel for our awesome meal.
“I saw a lady with a flower and she was plucking out the peddles. She was saying, ‘He loves me, he loves me not.’ Thank God the flower can’t talk. What would it say? That hurts.That hurts as well. Damnit, leave me alone…I’m no longer pretty, and he loves you not. I could have told you I had an even number of petals.” -Mitch Hedberg
A wildflower common to the eastern United States, we found this guy waiting for a hummingbird friend up on Howard’s Knob in Boone, NC.