Getting Back Into It: Halloween Redux

Like many on the East Coast of the United States, the weather was wild in Southwest Virginia on October 31st.  This photo was taken 2 days later while helping a friend hand out candy to those who came by.  The absence of costumed folks in this image, belies the fact that there were HUNDREDS of trick or treaters!

Go Hokies!

A few weeks back, some dear friends and I gathered along the river for a weekend of Gifts.  The cabin we rented was situated beside the New River, and was surrounded by trees.  The Japanese Maples were vibrant with color, and the two growing next to each other just outside the cabin door captured in nature the colors of Virginia Tech.

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Chicago Maroon

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Burnt Orange

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I could not stop taking pictures of the beautiful contrast between the two colors.

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People have questioned the Hokie colors, wondering why a school would choose orange and maroon.

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Fans of Virginia Tech respond by saying “If God wasn’t a Hokie then why do the leaves turn orange and maroon in the fall”?

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Go Hokies!!!

Along the New

Before heading out of town to celebrate life and the one year anniversary from the wreck, I was able to spend a few moments along the New River.  We’ve continued to have daily rain showers, making for overcast skies (and muddy shoes and pants).

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Knowing that I only had a few minutes, I literally ran down the path towards the trestle.

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We hope that this trestle, connecting the City of Radford and Pulaski County, will eventually be available for shared use between pedestrians, cycists, and trains.

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One of our citizens spends hours making these bluebird houses.  He finds the perfect spots to place the birdhouses, and monitors bluebird activity. Carl is one of those unsung local volunteers, making the natural world and the community a better place through his hard work.

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You’ve heard me ask this before: how lucky am I to live just 5 minutes from this river?

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Next Post:  North Carolina Wineries and “finishing” the trip I started one year ago!