Chimney Rock State Park NC

Traveling in the mountains of NC is a joy, winding roads, cool breeze and beautiful scenery.  This past weekend, I decided to take some family members to Chimney Rock State Park, just outside of Morganton NC.  A short 20 minute ride from the main interstate puts you smack in the middle of great recreation.  The Broad River winds through the area creating many pportunities to kayak, tube and fish.   Continue reading

Zion National Park-Breathtaking!

Just inside Utah, above the Northern Rim of the Grand Canyon is one of the most beautiful parks in America.  The Zion National Park is literally as awe inspiring as the Canyon.    The park is very busy, it is visited by millions of people per year. You have to go regardless.   IMG_3021 As you start to get closer to the park the rock formations begin to take on a different hue, the lines of millions of years of erosion begin to show clearly from miles away. Continue reading

Homemade Teardrop

So you want to go camping?  Tired of tents?  Getting rained on?  Muddy equipment?  How about a home built trailer?

I have been camping for years, been pretty much around the country and hiked through many boots.  But nothing compares to a easy meal and a great bed when it comes to camping.  You get the great outdoors.  You get your fires.  You get to spend time with friends and family.  But when the sun goes down after a long day on the water or a great hike, you want to sleep without bugs, without rocks in back, without wind, rain and other elements.

A “teartdrop” trailer is your answer.  I was going to build a teardrop but after looking at many that are online, I decided to wing it and build my own design.  I was wanting something that could be used for many things.  I think I have been successful in building a camping trailer for two, a great simple kitchen design, huge storage, and simplicity.  Check out the build and let me know what you think.



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Lake Powell, Glen Canyon Dam

Spending time at Lake Powell was a real treat.  After visiting the Canyon, we went up to Lake Powell and decided to spend some time there.  A few bucks for a boat and we were on the water.  The water is clear and cold

. The lake levels go up and down due to the amount of spring thaws that are available and how much water is being released downstream.  You could see the various levels in the rocks.   The Glen Canyon Reservoir provides water for  the states of  Arizona, California, and New Mexico, while holding water from the Colorado River for Utah Continue reading

Maui, one of the Pacific’s gems.

Going to Maui was another check off on the bucket list.   Betty and I were to meet some friends of ours there and spend a week sightseeing.  Upon arrival on a puddle jumper from Hawaii, we were surprised at how comfortable the temperatures were.  Low 80’s and a breeze were the norm.    After settling in our condo, we made a beeline to the local store to stock up on snacks and drinks.  The town of has plenty of tour guides that will take care of all your sightseeing schedules for you. Continue reading

Key West FL.Trip

I recently went to Key West with my brother Randy and my girlfriend Betty.  We had flights that were cancelled because of a massive snowstorm that was hitting the South.  We spent a day or so waiting to see if the airlines would reopen, going as far as rerouting through Atlanta.  But, those flights were also cancelled and it looked like the trip was a bust.  Continue reading

Hanging Rock Day Two

The sun came up early and I wanted to get out to the mountainside before others got on the trails.  The day before I had been able to hike without seeing many other hikers.  This day the weather was cool and clear.  I started by going to a trail on the other side of the park, passing a few bike riders along the way.  I needed to hit the  trail hard since I had family coming up to hike the summit later that day.  Needless to say, it was a great hike, good clean trails, good picture taking. Continue reading

Visiting Lake Norman, NC

One of the biggest lakes in North Carolina is Lake Norman.    This man made lake is also home to Lake Norman State Park.  The park is full of things to do, including, biking, camping, boating, hiking, and plenty more.  Just before Charlotte NC, the Park is in Mooresville,  a small town that being discovered by more people each year.    The park however, seems to be somewhat lost in the mix,  it is always full, but has a peaceful feeling.  Continue reading