Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween and More Fall Color

We had the 2nd annual Ash Ghoul, the Haunted Campground on Saturday, 25 Oct. One of our nature trails became a haunted trail. We had cabin and campsite decorating contests and a costume contest. Hot cider, cookies, treats, marshmallows, ghost stories and more were dished up by our bonfire. We all had a great time.

There is still plenty of fall color in the area. We are almost at peak here at Ash Grove, and as you drive the 15 minutes to Caesar's Head State Park, just over the NC-SC state line, you can see that there is problably another week and a half or 2 weeks of Autumn glory. Come and see it!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Kiva--Loans That Change Lives

Kiva is a program in which you can loan as little as $25 to entrepreneurs in an underdeveloped country, to help them start or expand their small businesses. You can help them lift themselves, their families, even their entire villages out of poverty.
AmEx cardmembers voted for Kiva, and helped them get $300K, but more needs to be done.
Go to and do your part to make our world a better place.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Fall Hike to Mt Pisgah

On Tuesday, I hiked to the top of Mt. Pisgah (elev. 5170'), on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The trail is about 1.5 miles in each direction, with a climb of over 700'. The trail is very rocky, but in good repair. There is an observation deck at the tip. The colors at that elevation were still not at peak, so I would say that we will have another 3 to 4 weeks of great color in our area. Here are a couple of pix that I took, with more on our Flickr site

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Gasoline Situation--Updated 9 Oct

Update 10/9/08: All the stations still don't have gas all the time, but more than half do at any given time, and there don't seem to be any lines any more.
Local officials say that it may be another week before everything is back to normal, but there is no reason to stay away because of the gas situation.