The road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.
- J.R.R. Tolkein
When we moved to New Jersey, I was amazed to meet a number of people who had lived, hobbit-like, in the same county all their lives. They had enjoyed the benefit of close families and life-long friends, but I still felt a little sorry for them because, like Bilbo and Frodo, I have enjoyed broader horizons. I have lived in Wisconsin, Texas, Tennessee, Washington, New Jersey, and North Carolina, and I have visited all but seven of the United States.
My foreign travel has so far been limited to Mexico, Thailand, the Bahamas, and Ireland, but I hope to see much more of the world before I die.
I'm not a long-distance hiker, but I've made short hikes in Ireland, Thailand, Eleuthera (Bahamas), as well as many states, including Texas, Colorado, Washington, New Jersey, and North Carolina. I enjoy photographing the beauty of nature on my hikes, and some of my pictures are on the following pages.
|Fall Creek Falls State Park, in Tennessee, was one of my favorite places to visit when I was in high school and college. In 2007 I had an opportunity to see it again, this time with my new digital SLR.|
|Linville Gorge Wilderness, in the Pisgah National Forest of North Carolina is one of my two favorite areas to hike.|
|The Harper Creek area, also in the Pisgah National Forest, is my other favorite hiking area.|
|Horsepasture River and Whitewater Falls - a few waterfall pictures taken on a hiking trip in western North Carolina in November, 2003.|
|Government Canyon - pictures taken on a hike with the San Antonio Hiking & Outdoors Meetup Group in Government Canyon State Natural Area, near San Antonio, Texas in June, 2007.|
More hike photos - pictures taken on other hikes.
|More nature photos - miscellaneous pictures of natural beauty in the neighborhood and elsewhere.|
Here are links to the web sites of state parks where I've enjoyed hiking:
Crowder's Mountain State Park - North Carolina
South Mountains State Park - North Carolina
Fall Creek Falls State Park - Tennessee
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