Slaty Fork and Cranberry Wilderness

Yesterday we hiked in the Cranberry Wilderness on the Cowpasture Loop. Lots of environmental diversity. We hiked through upland bog, mature conifer forest and upland meadows.

Here is a look out over the Cranberry glades from an observation deck
Unknown shelf fungi
Bridge crossing of a tributary of the Cranberry River
Bollete mushrooms
Bridge with Cranberry glades in background
unknown plant
Muddy Shoes but the hike was awesome

One of the tributaries of the Elk River
Looking down into the cranberry river’s highland bogs

Trip to Whiteoak Canyon Sat. Feb. 22, 2020

Kristin and I hiked part of Whiteoak Canyon on Saturday. Here are a few photos.

55 foot falls, the lower falls.
A view of the lower falls from further down stream
Panorama looking downstream and up
Looking upstream on the Whiteoak Canyon trail.
We stopped at Buckland Farm Market in New Baltimore, VA.

White House Tour

Kristin and I visited the White House today on a tour. The Christmas decorations were beautiful. We had a great time!

Kristin and Ricky standing under the White House Seal

Kristin and Ricky standing under the White House Seal


It was cold outside and the lines were long but all the efforts were worth it.


Festively decorations in a room at the White House
Festively decorations in a room at the White House


The White House library's Christmas look
The White House library’s Christmas look


A White House door
A White House door


One of the many Christmas trees at the White house
One of the many Christmas trees at the White house.


Christmas trees with white lights line a hallway at the White house
Christmas trees with white lights line a hallway at the White house.


Christmas trees with white lights line a hallway at the White house
Another Christmas tree at the White house in the green room.


A Small Christmas display in front of a window at the White house
A Small Christmas display in front of a window at the White house.


Christmas Tree in the Red Room at the White House.
Christmas Tree in the Red Room at the White House.


Christmas Tree in the Red Room at the White House.
Another view of a Christmas Tree in the Red Room at the White House.


A model of the White House decorates a sideboard in the dining room at the White House.
A model of the White House decorates a sideboard in the dining room at the White House.


A Christmas Tree in the Yellow Room White House
A Christmas Tree in the Yellow Room White House



Prior to our visit we got coffee at La Columbe coffee



On arriving in DC we ate breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien. Nice…


Pasties at Le Pain Quotidien in Washington, DC
Pasties at Le Pain Quotidien in Washington, DC

Sausage Cook off

Carolina Pride vs Carando Mild Tuscano vs Jones Dairy Farm pre-cooked Chicken Sausage.

And the winner is …….

Carando Mild Tuscano. Carolina Pride has too much salt and Jones Chicken Sausage tastes like chicken…not pork. Between these sausages I liked Carando Mild Tuscano the best.

Photos from TN and VA during 10/21-10/27 holiday.

Wild ponies at Grayson Highlands state park, VA.
Wild ponies at Grayson Highlands state park, VA.

Country Music Hall of Fame wall of gold, silver and platinum records
Country Music Hall of Fame wall of gold, silver and platinum records.

Oprey Country Classics Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN 10-24-2019
Oprey Country Classics Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN 10-24-2019

Looking ouside from Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN 10-24-2019
Looking outside from Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN 10-24-2019

View from Alum Cave on Mount La Conte 10-22-2019
2 Views from Alum Cave on Mount La Conte 10-22-2019

Elk Herd near Smokemont in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Elk Herd near Smokemont in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Panorama of Honky Tonk section of Nashville, TN
Panorama of Honky Tonk section of Nashville, TN

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