You may have noticed the new home page for the website, a major upgrade since we were hacked last summer. All the links work, except for the ‘Trail Stories’ page, which is still in the works. Many thanks to the Web-Wizard for re-building the website, and adapting those awesome transparent templates. Now if we could only get more pictures of raccoons and groundhogs–Hairnt!
One final note about the ‘Groundhogs Day’, and then I will shut up. When I was growing up in Johnson City, there weren’t a lot of groundhogs living around us to drag out of a hole, shadow or not, but everyone in the neighborhood knew that it wasn’t truly Springtime until ‘Old Man Miller’ was spotted rooting around in his garden. He would be about 115 years old now, and I haven’t gone looking for his ghost, but I am quite sure he would have been out there last week…in his garden.
I went out to the woods during the big warm-up, and took some photos of the snow around Spivey Gap on the Appalachian Trail. I also documented some of the seldom seen cliffs and boulders that rise up out of the ridges. I detoured off the trail, taking a left through the snow-covered ‘boulder-fields’, and ended up ascending the large, yet nameless, north-eastern ridge of Bald Mountain (the one that buttes against Sugarloaf Mountain), which led me directly to the summit of ‘High Rocks’. There were foot and a half high snowdrifts in places along the ridge tops, but they were melting in the afternoon warmth. I continued on toward ‘Whistling Gap’. On the way back, the Sun was sinking fast, and the snow was re-freezing. On the descent into ‘Spivey Gap’, the trail was very slippery, and I slid a lot, as if wearing skis instead of boots.