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Old 04-06-2012, 07:17 AM   #271
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Thanks!

Looks like I'm finally gonna get to go to Max Patch Heading out tomorrow, coming back Sunday afternoon. Really stoked about it!! Last I checked, the weather is supposed to be really good...

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend, and a happy Easter
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Old 04-06-2012, 09:23 AM   #272
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Great timing...

You're a lucky man! I just drove through through the Smokies on my way back from a funeral in Gatlinberg. The wildflowers are peaking right now. Trillium (at least two species), Mayapple, Bloodroot, Foam flower... You are in for a treat!

Happy Easter indeed!
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Old 04-06-2012, 09:35 AM   #273
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Thanks!

Looks like I'm finally gonna get to go to Max Patch Heading out tomorrow, coming back Sunday afternoon. Really stoked about it!! Last I checked, the weather is supposed to be really good...

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend, and a happy Easter
Have a great trip my friend!! I suppose we'll see photos in Cuttle's thread?

Happy Easter.

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So, Jack....I know the spring trip was canx, but maybe you guys should try to ride down this fall?!?!
You read my mind!! We're thinking of coming down for Thanksgiving to get our Low Country fix!!
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Old 04-06-2012, 10:12 AM   #274
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Trilliums and Easter morning sunrise are my priorities

Woohoo, Jack Don't think, just do it!! It will be good to see you again, my friend!!
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Old 04-06-2012, 02:45 PM   #275
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Trilliums and Easter morning sunrise are my priorities
Can't wait!
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Old 04-06-2012, 03:47 PM   #276
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Trilliums and Easter morning sunrise are my priorities
Trilliums are my absolute favorite flower, closely followed by Lady Slippers. Be safe Mike, have fun - you are going to one of my favorite places on the whole planet.

While in Hot Springs, stop in Gentry Hardware, to the right of the register is an article written about my grandfather "Old War Bird". I have a sneaking suspicion you will enjoy it.
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Old 04-07-2012, 04:15 AM   #277
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Learned that an old friend passed yesterday morning from heart complications. Chris (center of the pic, goofy grin with Atalnta Braves hat) and I (tallish kid on right side next to china cabinet thing) were neighbors in the Murphy Canyon Naval Housing Complex in San Diego...thick as thieves, we were. Whether it was climbing the fence and exploring the canyons..evading Marine Corps MPs all the while , or jumping off the garage roof onto piles of mattresses, or playing grass lot football in bare feet, we were inseperable. If you fought one of us, you fought both of us. Brothers. More often than not, if you couldn't find us, we up to no good So many good memories...

Good bye, my old friend. May there be endless games of barefoot, grass lot football in Heaven.
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Me: Give 'em hell, little Bro!
Dan: Roger that.

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Old 04-07-2012, 04:52 AM   #278
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Horrible Mike.... I never know what to say, but I am sorry. RIP Chris.
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Old 04-07-2012, 12:35 PM   #279
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Damn Mike...sorry man. Tough to lose friends.
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Old 04-07-2012, 08:34 PM   #280
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Is it time for your Easter pics yet? Well, is it?!


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Old 04-08-2012, 12:42 PM   #281
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I'm back, but haven't processed anything yet. In a bit, in a bit



EDIT: OK, got a few good ones. Apparently, I can't take a decent pic of a trillium to save my scrawny arse. Thought I had several good ones, but I was wrong.

However, the trip was not a total failure...Max Patch is stupifyingly beautiful. Yes, stupifying.

I didn't realize just how much I needed this little excursion...It has been a rough year so far. Lost an old friend and having to watch another slowly fade from 4 different kinds of cancer just to start things off...

I made it to the top, and there were two other families who had camped overnight on the mountain top, and another who walked up behind me. I chatted with a fellow named Scott and his wife for a few minutes & helped them get a few nice family shots as the sun came up in front of us. I snapped a few photos myself, and then proceeded down the nearest trail to walk a couple miles. Here is what I came up with for the day, in no particular order, mind you:












Why so cranky, you ask? You're standing between me and my coffee, that's why








It was refreshing to stand in the valley on the backside of the mountain and just listen to the relative silence of the area. The occasional bird could be heard, but the only constant sound was the wind. For a bit, I just rolled up my sweatshirt and put it on a log as a pillow and stretched out...closing my eyes. Peace can in fact be found, if you look hard enough On the way back to Asheville, along Meadow Creek Road, I had the windows down, listening to the birds and the creek which runs near the road...the smell of cut grass, people smiling and waving as you drive by...heaven, I tell ya!!
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Old 04-09-2012, 09:39 AM   #282
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Nicely done Sir!
That last one looks more like the Rockies than the Appalachians. Sweet.
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Old 04-09-2012, 09:43 AM   #283
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man I'm gonna miss Coastal SC. We went there every year for a hunting trip for the past 10 years, right smack in the middle between Myrtle Beach and Charleston. We will no longer be hunting there, because we leased some hunting land in Kentucky. :-(
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Old 04-09-2012, 11:20 AM   #284
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Have a great trip my friend!! I suppose we'll see photos in Cuttle's thread?

Happy Easter.


Nah, I'm not gonna clutter up her thread...unless she asks me too
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Old 04-09-2012, 02:17 PM   #285
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It was refreshing to stand in the valley on the backside of the mountain and just listen to the relative silence of the area. The occasional bird could be heard, but the only constant sound was the wind. For a bit, I just rolled up my sweatshirt and put it on a log as a pillow and stretched out...closing my eyes. Peace can in fact be found, if you look hard enough On the way back to Asheville, along Meadow Creek Road, I had the windows down, listening to the birds and the creek whic runs along the road...the smell of cut grass, people smiling and waving as you drive by...heaven, I tell ya!!
That is exactly how I feel every time I vist the mountains. Very well said my friend.
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