A beary good day.

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I took a drive out to Lake Logan, about 30 miles from here.  The lake’s surface was so still it was like a mirror.  There was no human activity at all (this is a very isolated lake, but in the summer there is still quite a bit of activity from people camping in the area).

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There’s a definite fall feel in the air even though the days are still hot and most of the leaves haven’t really begun to turn yet.   Summer is definitely over.

Driving back home along some back roads, was I in for a surprise!    This black bear was standing in the middle of the road and at one point was quite close, but he quickly lumbered off before I could grab my phone to get a closeup picture.   I managed to snap this photo before he disappeared back into the woods.  I guess he found…

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German bunker in Reštanj, Slovenia

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Vigilant Knight In 2014, I visited the location of Gradec in municipality Krško, Slovenia, where once stood an Roman fortyfied settlement. At its top you can find a German bunker from the Second World War. It is situated in a … Continue reading

“Free Fall” (video)

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After posting Julie Gautier’s underwater dance video “AMA” the other day, I was led to watch some of her other short films.  She is not only a talented underwater choreographer, dancer, and freediver, she is also an incredible filmmaker.

Gautier’s husband, Guillaume Néry, is a championship freediver (diving without any breathing equipment), author, and public speaker.   Here is the video Julie made of her husband diving into Dean’s Blue Hole, located in the Bahamas.   A blue hole is basically an underwater sinkhole, and they are common in the Bahamas.   This video was filmed entirely on one breath.  

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That tempting dark blue is just nothingness all the way down.

In “Free Fall,” Nery slowly makes his way down a gentle incline of pure white silty sand toward the edge of the sinkhole (Dean’s Blue Hole is 663 feet at its deepest point).  He stands at the edge…

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Fitzroy Gardens and the MCG Melbourne.

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On Saturday I made my way into the city to catch up with a friend who was visiting from Perth, Western Australia. Such a bleak cold Saturday so what does one do apart from staying indoors and keeping warm.

We got on a tram and made our way to the MCG – Melbourne Cricket Ground.  My friend Gina had only been past the ground via a train.  So a walk around the outside.  No AFL games were being played this day so it was very quiet.

The MCG is home to AFL Football and many clubs based in Melbourne this is their home ground.  MCG is also home to the MCC – Melbourne Cricket Club.  It was founded in 1838 and is one of the oldest sporting clubs in Australia.

In 1859 the members drafted the first rules of Australian football. In 1877 it hosted the first Test Cricket played between…

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Alabama – Ending our Winter Travels Part 4 of 4

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Originally posted on Follow the Tumble Lees!:
March 21, 2018. The second day of Spring! It’s officially Spring so time to end our Winter Series posts! As mentioned in a few previous posts, we really weren’t sure how our winter would…

2018 Bucket List

(Planner is from Etsy)

Time is already moving so fast and I never really got the chance to sit down and really analyze all the things I wanted to do this year.

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Frozen Waterfalls and Other Snowy Beauties

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Here in the NC mountains we have been experiencing colder than usual temperatures for extended period of times. As much as I detest my face hurting when I walk outside, the frozen beauty the single digits bring is almost worth it. My hubby and I started the year off with a couple of chilly hikes. It was so cold my phone stopped working mid-hike and had to be warmed up before I could take more pictures. So these aren’t my best work but I risked hand frost-bite to get them! I’ve coupled the pictures with some motivational quotes to get the year started right!

“The most successful people are those who are good at plan B.”~James Yorke

frozentombranchfalls photocred:cperciaccanto             Tom Branch Falls

“If you want your dreams to come true, the first thing you have to do is wake up.”      ~J.M. Power

snow trees photocred:cperciaccanto…

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Weathered: Lava’s Journey to the Bottoms of My Feet

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Although our week on the Big Island of Hawaii is nearing its end, I managed to incorporate our visit to Volcanoes National Park into the Weekly Photo challenge: Weathered. Where did the sand of…

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François Gabart: French sailor slashes around the world solo record

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When I read this article, it took me right back to my time as a ten year-old when I lived in a fishing village in Berwickshire whose lifeline was the sea. In Eyemouth, everybody was connected to the harbour in some way. We all knew, or were related to, somebody on one of the Seine-netters that made Eyemouth such a busy place.

This is why we admired the achievement of Francis Chichester so much. He sailed around the world single-handed in his yacht, Gypsy Moth IV. It took him 266 days. We watched him cross the line as he sailed into Plymouth. A few days later, he sailed up the Thames to Greenwich and was deservedly knighted by the Her Majesty The Queen.

At the time, which was before man stepped onto the moon…

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