Friday I bought a ticket to fly to Raleigh, North Carolina next month, to report on a story. A beautiful part of the country, one I'm looking forward to visiting again—readers might recall our family trip to Marshall, North Carolina four years ago. So it seems a perfect time to run this photo of Gabriela and Sofia, submitted by faithful reader Sandy Klemp, who writes:
The photo shows Gabi and Sofi looking out onto Grandfather Mountain in Linville, North Carolina in the Blue Ridge Mountains.... Linville is about 18 miles SW of Boone, North Carolina. Boone is one hour from the edge of the Smoky Mountain National Park. It’s quite brilliant in Spring and Fall and is home to Appalachian State University.The nickname for ASU students, by the way, is "The Mountaineers," and the school has its own climbing wall and a "Base Camp" in its student center where kids can sign up for all sorts of excursions—rock climbing in the Linville Gorge, mountain biking, white-water rafting on the French Broad River—which, now that I think of it, I've done. I recommend it. Thanks Sandy for sharing the photograph.
Thanks Sandy. And thank you Neil for sharing.ReplyDelete
My pleasure. It's an honor to be among the Saturday Snapshots used in Neil's blog.Delete
Reminds me of a book I read a couple years ago that takes a microscopic view of a bit of North Carolina in contrast to the macroscopic panorama of Sandy's photo. I dare anyone to read the first pages of the book without buying it.ReplyDelete
Forgot to show the book title: The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature by David George Haskell.ReplyDelete
Hiking along the Appalachian Trail, North Carolina was the only State I visited for the first time on foot. Wish I had a camera. Later that trip, pausing to enjoy the view at a rest stop by the Blue Ridge Parkway, there was a sign that read "$100 fine for blowing your horn." A real puzzler, what in tarnation could North Carolina have against Little Boy Blue? Then a passing driver leaned on his horn as entering a tunnel I hadn't noticed. Oh, the Doppler effect, makes a cool sound.ReplyDelete
I have a friend who attends ASU, but she refers to it as App State.ReplyDelete