Here We Go Again

Morning fog at the Cradle of Forestry overlook MP 411 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

It’s that time again, the time when we turn the calendar to a new year.  While in many ways it is an artificial time period – my friend Paul refers to January 1 and December 31 as “markers” – it’s as good a way as any to mark the passage of time, and if we wish, to reflect back and look ahead.

Notary – Lake Lure, North Carolina

A lot of people seem to be expending an awful lot of energy worrying about 2017, but that’s mostly wasted on things that can’t be changed or controlled.  Kathy & I take a more positive view and look at every new year as a new opportunity for adventure.  We get a new allotment of vacation days (yay!) and replenish our vacation budget (yay!) and start looking for interesting ways to spend them both.

Closed for Winter – Lake Lure, North Carolina
Closed for Winter – Lake Lure, North Carolina

We started off the new year with a trip to the NC mountains.  The threat of possible snow and ice eliminated our plans for a quiet midnight at one of our favorite spots on the Blue Ridge Parkway, but we still made the best of a damp and dreary weekend.

Morning fog at the Cradle of Forestry overlook MP 411 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

I hope everyone’s 2017 is off to a good start and look forward to sharing a new adventure this coming year!

Morning fog at the Cradle of Forestry overlook MP 411 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

12 thoughts on “Here We Go Again”

  1. Loved the foggy and trees images. And, a big yes on the black and white. Seeing more of those from you. 🙂 Whatever the adventures you and Kathy experience it is my hope you enjoy them. And, I expect you to have more fun times with the grand baby.

    1. Thanks, Monte. I think I may be on to something with the black & white, or at least I’m getting happier with the results. I’ll be shooting my share of color this year too! And that grandbaby has been quite photo worthy as well. 🙂

  2. Yep! Yep! More vacation days and vacation money, unless you’re like Brooks … always on vacation! 🙂 (Those letters should be green … that’s envy talking) LOL

    I’m looking forward to continuing my travels, meeting new people, and just enjoying life.

  3. Many people have claimed they are happier by not watching the news. As you say, much is out of your control anyway. Nice shots here Tom.

    1. I’m not sure if it is “happier” or “less unhappy,” but as you know we live in a world with a fire hose of information. It is important to stay informed and we all do in our own way. But with no good way to separate the useful from the useless it is sometimes better to not try at all.

      1. I know what you mean. I feel anxiety by being uninformed. But then you get more anxiety the more you know. No wonder those drug companies make so much money!!

        1. How does that saying go? Those who don’t watch the news are uninformed and those who do are misinformed? That must be why all the news shows are sponsored by pharmaceutical companies!

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