The grandest of Canyons…

The grandest of Canyons… “Grandmother” The little boy sat by the old woman’s side.” How come you have those funny wrinkles on your face?” The gray haired woman lifted the little boy into her lap and began to rock him gently. “My precious one”, she whispered softly. “These are the …

The Great Plains

I snaked my way off the western slopes of the Blue Ridge mountains and headed through West Virginia for a stopover and visit with my brother Bob, a retired football coach in Dayton, Ohio. He and many of his cronies were taking part in a Golf Scramble and I was …

Apple Orchard Mountain, Appalachian Trail; Virginia. After completing a moderately difficult hike on the boulder strewn trail, I am perched on a rock outcropping overlooking the Shenandoah Valley. My view is unique in that I am above a sinister mass of swirling and darkening clouds approaching from the west that …

Red Sea Glass….

Red sea glass… ”Well, how about this one then, you sea glass snob?” She laughed and bent over and rescued a bit of bright red as it tumbled in the backwash of the last wave. Uncaring that the returning surge created by the steep shoreline of high tide sloshed over …

The Oak Leaf

Hiking up Crawford’s Mountain was more difficult than I had anticipated. An 1800’ elevation gain in a two mile stretch; it did not seem that significant when I had unfolded the topographic map. Then again, I had not studied the closeness of the contour lines, giving them only a cursory …

On baking a cake…

I think at one point or another we each decide to finally take a great chance and bake a cake. Recalling the myriad of types, flavors and the like that we have tried throughout our lives we begin the painstaking process of deciding which one will get our very best …