A Walk in the Woods

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A couple of friends of mine went on a hike along the Appalachian Trail, took a pic. of their packs at Max Patch, NC.  They hiked from there 22 miles and 2 days later, to Hot Springs, NC. Then requested a sketch of their pic.  While I get a lot of pleasure in sketching, I find it nearly embarrassing to try to capture the beauty of nature. Who can do that??

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Great Smoky Mountains

Smoky Mountains

The Smoky Mountains in Tennessee are one of my favorite places in the world!  Here’s a view from a hike I went on this summer.  An incredible time on a peak right up there with the clouds. Amazing!  The Smoky Mtns are special to me for all the great memories. Trips, Rock Hopping, Hikes, and my all time favorite–I proposed to my bride, she said yes, and my life was forever changed!  That was a good day.

Here’s some pics of our hike from this summer:

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Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy

If you’ve ever had poison ivy, you have a story.  I’ve heard many and none of them are pleasant.  Some people can wallow in it, or as we say in our family, “waller” in it and have no reaction at all from the plant to those who will only have to look at this sketch and will get a rash…my apologies.  If you aren’t sure where you fit on the scale, I’ve given a detailed illustration of what to look for if you are the outdoors type and enjoy a walk in the forest or woods.  Simply find the plant, stop, drop and roll in it to see what your immunity levels are.  Hey, I’m here to help.

Day Hike

Day Hike

The lost art of common sense comes in handy when going out on a day hike, of course you don’t really need all this, because the more you carry, the heavier it gets and you want to actually enjoy your walk and not having to feel like you’re in boot camp.  If you’re just taking a stroll along a path around a  lake at a State Park, water and a camera may be fine .  The greater the adventure, the more you might want to consider. You’ll know what is important to you.  All I know is, Spring is coming and Outdoors is calling!