There and Back Again--Again

We're finally home from back-to-back trips. One to Due West, SC for business, and one to Texas on a family matter. I'd forgotten my field guides during the first trip, and didn't have wireless access on the second, so blogging was out for awhile.

Though unable to quench my Carolina curiosity for several weeks, I had a nice dose of home thanks to Bushwackers by William R Trotter. I purchased the book several years ago while living in the SC Upstate and promptly placed it on my Someday Shelf. Before leaving, I blew the dust off the top and started reading about the war of secession in NC's western counties, and found breathtaking description of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Only NC native and poet, Julie Buffaloe-Yoder, could have done a better job, and if you've read Julie's work, you'll know what I mean.

But we're back, and I think North Carolina missed me as well. Upon crossing the border, the mountains treated us to those wispy clouds I so love:

Once the laundry is finished, I'll—finally—finish the Glen Burney Trail report. If you're in or near Blowing Rock and don't mind a mountain hike, you won't want to miss it.


NCmountainwoman said...

Oh, there's nothing like the sight of the mountains to welcome you home. Just beautiful.

Kimberli said...

And what a welcome--and a sight--it was!

Julie said...

Thanks so much for the shout out, Kimberli. Yes, Carolina missed you:) The picture is awesome.

I recently went on a camping trip "somewhere else" to see a loved one. It was wonderful to be with loved ones. It was very pretty. But as for scenery, nothing can compare to Carolina.

By the way, I thought of you every time I saw a waterfall. No kidding. We also heeded your very good advice and stayed away from those edges!

Kimberli said...

You're welcome, Julie. Only the camera could capture the state as you do in words.

We've been known to stray over state lines as well. It's good to visit the neighbors, but it's always nice to come home again.

Waterfalls? I can't wait to read about this on your blog. I'm glad precipices no longer entice your dear ones to their slippery edges. Carolina Trails nearly had it out with Carolina Towns during our last excursion when he stepped onto a boulder to get a good shot of the falls. And he reads my blog! That didn't last long, fortunately, and he's fine. Others before us? Not so fine. Self-confidence can be hazardous on the trail!