Hiking In The Mountains


Lately the weather in Southern Appalachia has been spectacular. Cool crisp mornings-warm sunny afternoons. The sort of weather that beckons for a hike. One recent morning, the girls and I heeded the call.

fall colors canopy

We walked under a canopy of fall colors.


Along the way we:  Explored an old barn,

game rooster
Tried to make friends with a very angry Rooster,


Examined pine cones,

strange markings

Discovered strange markings (some of you will know what these are),

new friend

Made a new friend,

eating pears

Ate pears from a tree,

sun in the grass

Walked the old fields and wondered who had walked them before, but mostly-we enjoyed seeing the sun shine in a brilliant blue sky.

What has the weather been beckoning you to do?


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    April 24, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    Fred-the markings-are where someone was sighting in their rifle-probably for Deer Season.
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    Fred Deegen
    April 24, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    O.K., O.K. I give up… What are the pieces of paper with the little X’s marking? ‘Could be most anything, but I’d like to know what they are in this particular case.

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    November 15, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    Hubby and I had some lovely hikes last week in the mountains of Arkansas. I sure am missing them this week!

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    November 15, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    What a lovely hike.
    My favorite pictures were the sun through the grass and the roof with the shadow of the trees on it. How wonderful to enjoy such things with your daughters.

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    November 15, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    They can’t figure it out, can they? 🙂
    Thanks for the chuckle.

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    November 15, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    We went hiking recently, too.
    We just use sticks around here. 🙂

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    Dawn Dee
    November 14, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    Living here in the desert it looks the same all year round. Thanks for sharing the beauty of where you’re from. BTW: What are the red X’s for?

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    November 14, 2008 at 10:39 am

    Beautiful post as always! Love the close up pic of the tall grass in the field.

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    Granny Sue
    November 14, 2008 at 10:16 am

    Lovely, Tipper. Just the kind of walk to relax and inspire you.

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    November 14, 2008 at 7:04 am

    Awesome Tipper!Thanks for sharing!

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    November 14, 2008 at 5:16 am

    Tipper, I enjoyed your hike. Here in NE Oklahoma, the weather has been cool in the A M, and 70 something in the afternoon, but windy. There went alot of our leaves. Oh well they were pretty while they lasted. I popped over to the quilt site and bookmarked it so I can go back and read the whole thing. Those quilts are sure nice. Thanks for pointing the way. Pap and Paul did a nice set, enjoyed it. Terry

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    November 14, 2008 at 1:46 am

    Fall in these mountains is breath-taking for a girl raised in south GA, and I can’t get my fill of the changing colors, the changing shadows as the sun moves every day. Even a misty rainy autumn day is sweet to me as I kick the leaves in my path. You have a special something, Tipper, that draws me to this place to see what you are seeing each day.

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    November 14, 2008 at 1:00 am

    Loved your hike in the woods. Thanks so much for taking us along! Our weather the last few days has been good for building a raft and holding on tight! We had 5.22 inches of rain just yesterday. Some mudslides and lots of flooding, so we have curled up beside the fire with a good book instead of exploring the great NorthWET!

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    Helen G.
    November 13, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    I’ve been prepping the garden to plant some garlic and onions that will snuggle into the earth and sleep with a bit of a head start towards spring. I’ve never planted a garden before this last year and now I want to try it all.
    Another beautiful post and I am absolutely tasting those pears.
    Thank you.

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    November 13, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    What a beautiful walk you and the girls had! It is still pretty here, but starting to look a little bit bare~our sweet gums are fading more everyday and most of the oaks have brown, dead leaves. Still, it is the best time of year to be outside!

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    November 13, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    Are those x’s for geocaching? Dave wants to start doing that.

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    November 13, 2008 at 11:14 am

    Does anyone know what the white things are??? (if I were a cat, I’d be dead a thousand times over…) They don’t mark a trap do they?
    Great pictures.

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    November 13, 2008 at 11:10 am

    What lovely photos and awesome fall adventure!

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    November 13, 2008 at 11:04 am

    What a beautiful autumn walk. Those pears look delicious. There is nothing like fruit eaten directly off the tree.
    The colors are magnificient and you saw so many great things along the way.
    Enjoy autumn. It is my favorite time of year.

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    Fishing Guy
    November 13, 2008 at 10:32 am

    Tipper: I really like your walk in the woods. It reminded of my life in the hills of Pennsylvania. I spent much of my youth in the woods.
    X marks the spot of a treasure, it works every time. Dig, Dig, Dig.

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    November 13, 2008 at 10:03 am

    Sorry to be a drag but I become a hermit when the days get shorter. I love being outside when I can but the cold and dark just rip me up. I love Spring though…ask em what I do then! I love to just be outside with the sun on my face and the smell of fresh damp earth. It’s magnificient!

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    Amy @ parkcitygirl
    November 13, 2008 at 1:59 am

    Tipper! It’s so wet/cold here I haven’t even been walking – maybe tomorrow 🙂 Love seeing you and your girls in action!

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    Julie at Elisharose
    November 12, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    Our weather changes quite frequently. This week it has told us to stay inside and avoid the rain. It has also been quite warm. But it is supposed to cool off to the mid-60’s for the weekend. That should be lovely.

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    Carolyn A.
    November 12, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    What a great video of Pap and Paul singing about Dana’s Quilting Party. Good job!
    Thanks for taking me on the hike with you and Chitter and Chatter. Too bad I couldn’t really be there. What great sights you saw. That last picture was my favorite. You have outdone yourself on that one. Made me feel like I was right there looking at it. *sigh* xxoo

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    November 12, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    This weather makes me want to build a fire and keep warm! I love the picturesque scenery, but I hate the cold.
    Love your pictures!

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    November 12, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    Are those white things for a certain group? Love the fall pics!

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    November 12, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    Our weather called us out hiking as well! Your hike was lovely. 🙂
    I have to ask – what are the markings?

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    Laura-Jane - Whimfield
    November 12, 2008 at 7:22 pm

    Enquiring minds want to know: what are the white papers with the red markings?
    Curious in Canada

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    November 12, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    This weather has been the best, hasn’t it? And the leaves this year…the trees have really been showing off. The crisp coolness has gotten me out of the house and walking around the neighborhood and coming back home for a big cup of hot tea. It just doesn’t get much better!

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    November 12, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    Beautiful! And I loved the video…hope you win the quilt! Dana’s giveaways are always fun! And the quilts so gorgeous!

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    November 12, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    Looks a lot like the scenery here in West Virginia. We’ve been having cool days lately. It’s sweater and jacket weather. I like the pine cones, they are good to craft with.

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    Miss Cindy
    November 12, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    I don’t know what the strange markings are. Do they mark something someone wanted to dig up after the tops died off? Do they mark the site of hidden treasure? Do they mark the hidden entrance to a mole hole, so that they can find it when they return, of course?
    As always the pictures are great, the girls are beautiful and your sights, insights and values are a wonder to behold.
    I wonder sometimes if your readers can see the beauty of your soul as I do.
    I checked out Pap and Paul on Dana’s site. Did Paul write that song especially for the party??

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    Patty Hall
    November 12, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    Nothing more beautiful than the mountains this time of yr.

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    November 12, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    What a beautiful day you chose for your walk. The colors are wonderful. It has been rainy and soggy as of late here so my walks are cut a little short. But thank you for letting me come along with you and the girls.

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    City Mouse/Country House
    November 12, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    Mostly, the weather has been beckoning me to get outside and clean up the back of the house for the Fall season – Get rid of those leaves and dead chutes! (And it’s time to get serious about construction plans for next Summer.)

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    November 12, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    I love seeing the leaves change colors. It is amazing here in West Texas to see any trees at all, but the ones we do have are changing and I love it. It is cool weather today and I’m hoping for a fire in the outdoor fireplace tonight so that we can cuddle up in our blankets and sit by the fire! Ooooh!!! AND some hot cider!!

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    November 12, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    Your photos make me homesick for the woods and hills at home. I love the beach but fall is my favorite season and I miss the crisp air, colored leaves and that sky. If I close my eyes I can almost smell the woods.

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    Nancy Simpson
    November 12, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    Hi Tipper, Last weekend, I had a houseful of dear ones visiting. When they come home, we talk talk, talk and walk, walk, walk. Walking over Cherry Mountain, that is a given. But this weekend we drove to the top of Wayah Bald and looked out on the blue vista. It is much like my blue blog spot photo. We walked up the Appalachian Trail to the Tower and looked out across Appalachia. This is the easy way, I know. It is something everyone can do. Need directions?

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