Sunday, November 29, 2015

Who Remembers...?

Who remembers Robert F. Kennedy, whose brother, John F. Kennedy, was the 35th President of the United States?


Frequently referred to simply as RFK or Bobby, Robert Kennedy served as Attorney General of the United States in his brother's administration. He was campaigning for President himself, when he was assassinated on June 6, 1968. 


That Presidential campaign brought him to Indiana during the spring of 1968, as he campaigned here prior to the Indiana primary election.These photos were taken during a campaign stop in Fort Wayne, Indiana.


His manner was invariably self-deprecatory. And when he spoke, it was always tentatively, modestly and with deadpan jokes that turned on himself. In Fort Wayne, in the homestretch of the campaign, he asked a sidewalk rally whether the city was going to vote for him. Otherwise, he said he and Ethel and their ten children would have to go on welfare. "It'll be less expensive just to send us to the White House," he went on. "We'll arrange it so that all ten kids won't be there at once, and we won't need to expand the place. I'll send some of them away to school, and I'll make one of them Attorney General."

RFK Quotes:
  • There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why... I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?
  • One-fifth of the people are against everything all the time.
  • Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live.

The photos in this post were taken 47 years ago, in 1968. I don't know where the original prints have gotten to, but I came across the negatives last week and scanned them into the computer. They clearly show their age, with the dust and scratches; but they are still rather special.

Friday, November 20, 2015

A Few More Photos from Our November, 2015, Trip to the Smokies

After Doug's hike to Andrews Bald on Wednesday, the 4th of November, he developed a couple of nasty blisters. So we avoided any serious hiking for the remaining two days of our time in the Smokies. But we still got out into the National Park and enjoyed its beauty.

This river is in the Greenbrier area of the park, at the beginning of the Ramsey Cascades trail.

This is part of the road that takes you back to the Ramsey Cascades trail.

We pulled to the side of the road in Greenbrier and took a short walk off trail through the woods.

A stone fence is all that remains of a homestead that was located here before the property became a National Park.

This is a rather tattered Variegated Fritillary butterfly that shared the hillside with us at Douglas Dam one afternoon.

The same butterfly, but showing the underside of the wings

This Common Checkered Skipper butterfly was also sharing our hillside that day.

The fall colors are in evidence in spite of the haze in this view from the eastern Foothills Parkway.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Mountain Views & More from the Smokies

Here are a few more photos from our early November visit to the Smokies.

Campbell Overlook

One of Doug's favorite destinations in the Smokies is Andrews Bald. The hike to the bald is 1.8 miles (2.9 kilometers) most of which is downhill, on a rough and rocky and sometimes wet trail, which means that the return hike is the equal distance...uphill...on that same rough and rocky and sometimes wet trail. Uphill hiking is hard enough when you're fresh and the trail is smooth, but it's exhausting when the trail is rough and you're already tired from the downhill hike. 

The last time we hiked to Andrews Bald was in 2002, and we've aged since then. 

Doug has always remembered the beauty of Andrews Bald and has wanted to see it again. I knew that it would be too much of a challenge for my feet and legs, but I encouraged him to go ahead and do it if he wanted to. I would be perfectly fine waiting for him in the minivan. I had books, pillows, blankets, food, water, and a great view with which to occupy myself for the three hours or so that it would take him to hike to the bald and back. So he did.

This was my view from the car while I waited in the Clingmans Dome parking lot for Doug's return from his hike.

Andrews Bald offers amazing views of the surrounding mountains. Doug didn't take any still shots while he was there, but I took this one off the video that he shot:
View from Andrews Bald

Doug returned from his hike just shy of three hours later. He was glad he'd done it, but he didn't think he wanted to do it again. He was feeling those thirteen years that had passed since we last hiked that trail.

From there, we drove on down the North Carolina side of the mountains, enjoying more beautiful mountain views.

Mountain View from Newfound Gap Road on North Carolina Side

When we reached the Ocanaluftee Visitor Center, there was a herd of elk grazing in the meadow.

A closer look at this picture shows that the elk weren't alone. A family of groundhogs was sharing the meadow.

On Doug's and my first trip to the Smoky Mountains in May, 1990, we missed our turn that would have taken us into Pigeon Forge and wound up at the Douglas Dam overlook mentioned in the previous post. Doug's frustration over the missed turn evaporated as he absorbed the peace and tranquility of the of the area around the dam.

Then, as we found our way back toward Pigeon Forge, we drove past this old building, which looked to us like an old church or schoolhouse:

Old Church or School on Douglas Dam Road - May, 1990

Since we visit Douglas Dam on almost every trip to the Smokies, we've watched that old building slowly deteriorate. This year, I asked Doug to stop so I could take a current photo of it.

Old Church or School - November, 2015

A closer look the old building - November, 2015
The building is falling down, and the property is becoming overgrown. Whenever we pass it, we wonder what that building was in its prime and can't help thinking what a beautiful setting it would be for a house.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Little River Trail & Douglas Dam

Continuing with our visit to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park during the first week of November, this post will touch on two more of our favorite places in the area.

The first three photos were taken along Little River Trail, which has become one of our favorite trails in the park, not only because of its beauty but, increasingly, because it's one of the easiest hikes in the park.



The trees were pretty bare along the river, but look at that burst of color on the mountainside!
The next four images are from the overlooks at Douglas Dam, which is not inside the National Park but which we've come to love for its beauty and peacefulness.





More to come from this beautiful area in future posts.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

A November Visit to the Smokies

As most of you know, Doug and I love the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. We try to get there twice a year, usually once in the spring and again in the fall. Our spring trip this year occurred during my one-year blogging break, so the photos from that trip haven't yet made it to the blog. They might still find their way here one of these days. But, for now, I'll share some shots captured last week, during our fall visit there.

On Monday, we awoke to drizzle and fog. It wasn't raining hard, though, so we took off to visit a few of our favorite haunts in the national park.

Foggy Scene Along Little River Road

Parking Area at Trailhead for Middle Prong Trail at Tremont

This bridge marks the beginning of the trail.

Lynn Camp Prong Falls is a short walk up the trail.

This is a view near where we turned back to return to our vehicle.

After our hike on Middle Prong Trail, we took a drive up Newfound Gap Road to the overlook for Chimney tops. The fog grew thicker the higher up the mountain we traveled.

The sign shows what the view should have looked like.

I thought you might like to see a comparison shot, taken a couple of days later in the sunshine.

Chimney Tops

This is a shot of a tree at the Chimney Tops overlook, in the fog.

Here's the same tree a couple of days later, in the sunshine.

Here's one more picture from the foggy day:

Gatlinburg, from the Gatlinburg Overlook

More from the Smokies soon.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

October Sunset

On our way home from that October 12, visit to Ouabache State Park, we had the privilege of seeing this beautiful sunset.

A rainbow seems to be dropping from the clouds, almost like the finger of a tornado.



The brilliantly colored sky was growing dark by the time we reached this church, but I still liked the silhouette against the last remnants of the sunset.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

An Autumn Day at Ouabache

These images are from an afternoon at Ouabache State Park on October 12. 

White-breasted Nuthatch

A woman "walking" her 13-year-old dogs

Some early autumn colors



We haven't been back to the park since that day. I suspect that the fall colors are pretty well gone by now. I'm glad we were able to see them, even at this early stage. Fall is such a beautiful time of the year. But its beauty is so brief.

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