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Taking in the Sights

We finally made it to The Big Bend yesterday.  I'd wanted to go in the full splendor of Autumn, or even on a terrifically windy day, but we went on a mild one and that was just perfect.  According to my records, we haven't been since 2010, but I know that's not right.  I could swear we went last Summer. . . Oh, well.


After a rough transition from naptime, we enjoyed ourselves.
There were loads of acorns and I filled my pocket for my own projects.

Oak Gall!

Lots of oak galls, too, to match all those acorn-bearing trees.

Looking into the Log

There were all kinds of things to get into and inspect.

Uh huh!

And ancient litter to remind us of old times.
This logo made its debut in 1991, which makes me think of Grandma Lois and Grandad.

Tracing School

Willow had us work at her tracing school.
Mike got snippy that my feather was the best one.

The View from Here

Here's our famous Blue Ridge or, rather, our Ridge-and-Valley Range.
We've got plenty of both.

Crumbling Chimney

We were pleased to see a big flatbed trailer parked there with cement and a mixer.
Given how hard it must have been to get that all the way out the road,
it tells us that they will be doing repairs on this special site.
There are numerous picnic sites with their own chimneys
and it would be great to see them operating again.

Old Privy

Here's the old privy site, filled up with rocks, as it should be.

Lots of Lichen

Lots of lichen up there, even lichen on lichen in some spots!


Willow and I explored together for awhile.
She is getting big enough to be a companion now.

Old Fence

This is an old fence at a cliff.
I'm betting this will be part of the repairs, too.

On the rock

We went down below the cliff.
Roan and Mike stayed up high for awhile.


There was no stopping Laurel, though.
She is the all-terrain toddler, quite sure on her feet.
It didn't save me feeling very nervous, though!

This is Two

Right at home.


The original playground equipment.


And the rocks that looked like this. It made me wish I knew more about geology to understand why they look like that. Oh, well, homeschooling will help me sort that out, I'm sure.

Looking at these pictures makes me want to go back again soon, before the cold and snow make it unsafe. I'd love to cook on the cast iron grill perched on a rock.

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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