Author Archives: Tom

About Tom

Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, Appalachian State University.

Calvary Episcopal Church

Calvary Episcopal Church in Fletcher, NC was established in 1859 and it still catches the eye of travelers on US 25.  The architecture is distinctive and the setting is attractive with the winding drive through the front lawn of the … Continue reading

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Biltmore Gardens in August

Billie and I visited the flower gardens on the Biltmore Estate on August 15 and found that some policies are now in place to cater to those primarily interested in visiting the flower gardens and greenhouse area.  A parking attendant … Continue reading

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The Book and Bee

We found a neat little restaurant named The Book and Bee which follows a literary theme and serves lunch and afternoon tea.  We went there for lunch last week and enjoyed it a great deal.  

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Bearwallow Mountain Hiking Trail

The Bearwallow Mountain Hiking Trail is part of the Upper Hickory Nut Gorge State Trail system,  comprising a 1.0-mile access trail climbing from the trailhead to the peak of Bearwallow Mountain. The trail is steep and littered in many places … Continue reading

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Brother John’s Birthday

Billie and I joined my brother Jim and his wife Susan at the gathering for brother John’s 77th birthday.  John’s three children – Todd, Christy, and John Michael – and spouses Jessica and Darren were there, and John’s two granddaughters … Continue reading

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Waterfalls in the DuPont State Recreational Forest

The Dupont State Recreational Forest near Hendersonville, NC offers a variety of hiking trails and access to four waterfalls – Bridal Veil Falls, Hooker Falls, High Falls, and Triple Falls.  We recently hiked the High Falls Loop trail which begins … Continue reading

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Hendersonville Street Dances

Billie and I went to the county seat (Hendersonville) for ice cream yesterday evening.  We enjoyed a leisurely stroll the entire length of Old Town Main Street which was alive with people enjoying the music from the downtown stage and … Continue reading

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Hiking with the Grands

We went on a number of hikes during the recent visit with our grandchildren.  Lyra and Freddie are real troopers, and we enjoyed being out and about with them and their parents.  We explored the Catawba Falls trail and the … Continue reading

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Luna Moths

While walking with our grandchildren Lyra and Freddie we were privileged to find two luna moths along the Cane Creek Greenway Trail.  These moths are unusually large and quite beautiful, and the children were duly impressed that we were able … Continue reading

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Strange Ice Structure in Wind-Whipped Winter Birdbath

Our birdbath contained an unexpected and surprising structure on a recent January morning with freezing temperatures and near-constant overnight winds.  The structure consisted of a finger-like structure pointing at an angle of about 30 degrees of elevation in the general … Continue reading

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