Summer’s not the best time to get a feel for any piece of these mountains. So much is hidden behind a wall of green. Even so, I carried the camcorder with me on our walk a bit farther up Nameless Creek gorge than we usually go, and brought back several short clips of some of the ledges and small falls that are visible below from the trail along the “New Road.” The New Road, so called by some of the old-time locals because in …

Falling Waters: Nameless Creek Gorge Read more »

We are on the move, so not much time for writing before getting on the road again. I’ve had questions from those who remember the events around our grandson, Henry’s birth in September two years ago. How is baby Henry, they want to know, because the story just sort of stopped. There were constraints against sharing at that time, but those have since both passed and been resolved in Henry’s favor. So I asked my son if it would be okay to tell Fragments …

Baby Henry Update Read more »

It promises to be a beautiful snow, briefly, after the sun rises and before temps do the same and the winds pick up. We got something like 8″ of powdery snow after expecting WET, and there is a big difference. The broom did a good job clearing the Subaru this morning at 4:30. A wet snow would have required the “rope saw” method to clear the front window and hood, and each shovel full three times the weight. My back was not looking forward …

Snowed In ~ But One Escaped Read more »

I apologize to those who have heard enough about our trials and tribulations, our thrills of victory, or the more-common agonies of defeat in the attempt to rear this not-a-labrador-retriever puppy into a beast we want to have with us for the duration of her life. Wednesday was a new low. She’s behaved worse, but not since we had made the leap of faith that she would, indeed, fit in. To have her revert to her wolfish ways was a sad disappointment, and we wondered …

Peaks and Troughs: Alpha-Beta Canine Relations Read more »

Posts promise to be fewer and shorter than usual. We are under siege. The source is a bipolar pup, half barracuda, half Miss Congeniality, a chimera of canine good and evil. The snickersnack of the jaws: how to divert over and over into acceptable directions and towards acceptable approved objects: that is the challenge. Today will be our first solo run, just Gandy and me, all the live-long day. She did as well her second night as she did her first. We shouldn’t complain. It …

Eight Pounds of Pounce Read more »