Sunday, February 12, 2012


Big excitement here today at Tot Hill. Rich and I got up this morning and got ready to head out for a hike. It seemed a lot less windy than last night and was clear and cold(20's). Usually we just go about a 1/4 mile down the road to the trail head. Today when we got there it was full of forestry trucks and we were told that there was a fire about 1/2 mile in. We could not see the smoke from our house. We still wanted to hike so we drove out to a different area. I was able to see the smoke column on the way to the other trail head but I did not get a picture of it. The paper said that a helicopter fire crew flew in from Asheville. Fortunately no houses have been threatened and at this time I think the fire is out.
So we went for our hour and a half hike on a different trail.

Cool looking boulders.

Lots of pine cones.

I can't imagine what it was like here a 100 years ago.

The sign of an old family graveyard.

Crude stones marking the graves.
A couple I years ago I went to a lecture about Southern family cemeteries. Another sign that this might be a cemetery is the vinca.

It is hidden under the leaves here. If you see a field of vinca it might be covering an old burial ground.
It was a very interesting lecture. This spot was about 2 miles back in the woods. Again it must have been very different 100 years ago.

Here is some progress on Loose Feathers.
I am tired and getting ready to go to bed.
Have a great Monday Friends!

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Margaret said...

Glad you were safe from the fire! Scary! Love your BBD progress.

Glenna said...

How interesting about the vinca! What a lovely area to hike in--but an hour and a half would finish me. Your Loose Feathers is looking great.

Barb said...

Chris, So glad you house is OK things like that are scary! I really enjoyed your comments about your walk. The BBD project you are working on looks lovely.Have a great week.

butterfly said...

Your doing well on your stitching.
Good job the fire was not to near.

Shirlee said...

What a very interesting post! Too bad about the fire ... I hope it didn't cause too much damage. John & I enjoy hiking as well although there's not place around where we live now to hike. Your project is coming along wonderfully! Blessings, Shirlee

cucki said...

so glad that you were safe from the fire..
sweet stitching..
big hugs for you xxx

Myra said...

Sounds like you had a nice hike Chris. I hope the fire didn't do too much damage. Your stitching is looking good!

Nicola said...

A forest fire is very scary, I am so glad that you are safe.

I wonder what the history is of the family who are buried in the woods.

Happy Valentines Day.

Catherine said...

Lovely pictures from the hike and interesting about the vinca and cemeteries!
Love your BBD!

Siobhán said...

Nice progress on your BBD!

Loved the pictures from the hike. What a story those woods could tell. Fascinating!

marly said...

Two miles back in the woods? I would need a buggy to take me out. Looks like an interesting place to explore.