Friday, January 23, 2009

Trails, Plus Guinan

Pilot Mountain Pinnacle trail

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


We've been going through snow withdrawal the last couple of years. So this was a pleasant surprise this morning. Especially since I can telecommute.

Saturday, January 17, 2009


It's part of the game and computer systems, too.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Creepy Plate

This plate is just creepy. Tell me again who it is that is recruiting little boys to their lifestyle?

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Virgilina, VA

When I was growing up, we lived in Virgilina, a small town on the border of...wait for this....Virginia and North Carolina. This was back in the early 70's., I think.

We only lived there for a very short time, and the only memories I have of it is that we were on the NC side of town. The whole county went to a single high school, and that seniors drove the buses (and I had a major crush on Elmo, our driver). Sis, who had struck out on her own, had come to visit and we got into a fight that ended with her sitting on a chiggers nest.

The town of Virgilina at that time was a single store at the crossroads, with the town sign across the street. The general store had what even then was an old fashioned gas pump. Pictured is that old store, still standing. The gas pump looks like it got taken out when the road was widened.

Funny how even in the middle of nowhere, progress continues.

Friday, January 09, 2009

Sign of the Times

Looks like I waited one day too long for this sale...

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

In The Pitts

Some days, this is where you end up.....

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Pilot Mountain

Went climbing Pilot Mountain, or actually following the Ledge Spring Trail which skirts first along the top of rock cliffs, then along the bottom. All along the trail were folks rappelling the rock faces.

Most of the trail was climbing rock steps, which isn't really hiking but we enjoyed the trip, which ended up spending the night in a cheap-ass hotel in Roanoke, then down the Blue Ridge Parkway for a bit, followed another road east out of the mountains and finally through Virgilina.