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So we got that big snow that was predicted.  A little later than everyone thought but we did receive it.  Even though the road conditions were bad I ventured out to the beautiful Guest River Gorge in Coeburn Va.  Hope you enjoy the pics!

That’s what is on the mind of one individual from Kentucky Avenue in the smallest city in Virginia, Norton.  See you soon!

Roan Mtn Winter 2010/2011

Well I braved terrible road conditions and freezing weather to reach the mile high summit of Roan Mountain.  The road had been scraped at some point in time so instead of 2 feet of snow on the road there was about a foot instead.  Driving up the side of the mountain (very slowly in 4WD) I kept wondering…”Are there guard rails buried under the snow?”.  It was seriously that bad (easily the worst road conditions I had ever driven on).  Luckily it was also a ton of fun driving up too.
I passed one vehicle going down and the dude raised his hand in recognition.  It was a salute of mutual respect.  He knew what I was going through to get to the top of the mountain and what I was soon to find.

The beauty of frozen nature and icy cold winds sculpting two feet of snow one mile high in the air.

Thank goodness for that underarmor!!!

 

Very very deep snow!

Roan Mountain version 2.0 The Autumn

I liked it so much I decided to head back to Roan Mountain to see what it looks like in the fall.  I took the following photos for your viewing pleasure.  Enjoy!

 

5,800 Feet in the Air

Took a quick trip to Roan Mtn. with Brian Marcus on Sunday.  I’m going to sum up my experience by saying:

Hands down the most beautiful place in the region I’ve visited

The park is right outside of Elizabethton, TN and very easy to get to.  The Appalachian Trail traverses the top of the mountain and that is where the pics below were taken.  On one side of the mountain is Tennessee and the other side is North Carolina.  At one point we were approx. 5,800 ft above sea level and it was about 20 degrees colder!  I have no idea who that handsome devil is in the pics.  Just some random guy that happened to keep walking in front of the camera 😉  Does anybody smell anything funny?

Breaks Interstate Park

Here are some pics of my recent trip to the Breaks Interstate Park.  Apparently they have a 12 mile bike trail which I was unaware of.  Gonna try to hit it up before it gets too cold.  If any of my facebook buddies are interested in going just let me know.

Wedding

Well it’s been about a month since it occurred so I figured I ought to post some pics of my cousin’s wedding 🙂

The images are all either before or after the wedding because I used my new handheld HD camcorder to record the wedding.  Problem is the video is so big it would take forever to upload it to my blog (and eat up hard drive space).  I’m currently trying to trim the video down.  The pictures aren’t fantastic but they do show off the beautiful white sand on the beach.  Enjoy!

Bad Branch Falls

I took a short hike the other day to Bad Branch Falls in Letcher County.  Here are some pics.  Enjoy!

Each year my brother, Patrick, Lee and myself head out to Los Angeles for the Electronic Entertainment Expo (or E3 for short).  This year we left Tri-Cities regional airport, then headed for the west coast via Atlanta.  I’m not a huge fan of flying but things went fairly smooth.

The show was it’s usual awesomeness.  Tons of cool new games, crazy loud music bustin’ your eardrums for 7 hours, long lines and of course booth babes.  I’m not going to go into details about the games but check out some of the pics below.

Highlights of the Trip (aside from the show!)

Hollywood & Highland

This place is always so cool.  Awesome architecture, lots of old theaters, Jimmy Kimmell Live and tons of cool places to eat and shop.  The shopping isn’t really for me but if any of you ladies have expensive tastes, then it’s right up your alley!

Cool old Theaters:  Grauman’s Chinese Theater, El Capitan, The Egyptian

They just don’t make movie theaters like this anymore.  ‘nough said!

Not watching the “A Team”

We walked all the way to a new theater to watch the A Team and it had already started by the time we got there.  Oh well, guess we didn’t really miss anything.

Microsoft Party

Well it was for retailers only and not really much of a party.  We did however get to hang with some big wigs, check out some cool merchandising and play Kinect for the Xbox360.  I got up and shook my booty to Lady Gaga’s Poker Face in the dance game for it.  Just couldn’t get the footwork down right 😦

Scientology ?!&%$

A religion created by a dead science fiction author, sign me up!  Oh wait, you actually think it’s real.  Oh well, I’ll pass.

All I need to say about them is that Tom Cruise is a member, they have buildings all over the place and they hate Psychiatrists.  Did I mention the founder of their religion wrote science fiction?

Mic Macs

Watched this very bizarre yet funny french film.  I don’t believe I could do it justice trying to describe it.  You’ll just have to watch it for yourself.

MMA Fight (Strikeforce)

This was my first MMA fight and it was awesome (except for the main fight which was sooooo boring).  I gotta say I’m hooked.  The Nokia theater was completely packed too!

The lakers won the championship, let’s burn some cars!

Thank goodness we were staying in Hollywood and not downtown.  There really were cars on fire and people getting beat up.  Hollywood was great.  Lee and I stayed out until the wee hours of morning just hanging out in Hollywood.  The streets were packed with people honking horns and screaming ‘Lakers’ all night.  I would guess a lot of them were drunk or about to drink quite a bit.

The Magnificent Seven

We watched this classic on the big screen at the Egyptian.  I can’t decide if I want to be Yul Brynner or Seven McQueen when I grow up!

Trek across Australia

While boarding the plane back to Atlanta I met a young couple who had spent some time trekking across the Outback.  Apparently they were math teachers who were helping the local populace.  I was so jealous.  Guess I’ll add that to my list of things to do before I die.

*All photos courtesy of Lee Niece & Patrick Ryan.  Thanks dudes!

That’s what is on the mind of one individual from Kentucky Avenue in the smallest city in Virginia, Norton.  See you soon!

My North Carolina Odyssey

Saturday was a great day (which lead up to an even better Sunday!).  Early that morning I finished mowing the grass.  Then I washed the car, let down the top and locked my S-foils in attack position!

The goal was Statesville, NC where my good friends Philip & Polly Fleming live.  Philip was a high school friend of mine and Polly was throwing a surprise party for him.  I met my best friend Seth in Abingdon (who was coming in for my baptismal Sunday).  From there we hit Boone, then Wilkesboro then finally Statesville.  The party was fantastic.  Good food and good friends, what else could you ask for?

After saying goodbye, Seth was feeling nostalgic so we took a slight detour.  We drove down I-40 past Ridgecrest where Seth had worked many summers.  He showed me downtown Black Mountain which is such an awesome place.  I already want to go back.  Then we headed to Asheville, then Johnson City and back to Abingdon to pick up his car.  By the time we made it home it was 1am (too late for me!).

The entire day was perfect, I wouldn’t change a thing.  That was the first chance I’ve really had to drive my convertible any distance and I can say irrevocably, nothing beats driving with the top down!  At Black Mountain we stopped at a local park (Tomahawk I think) and took some pictures.  We also got to see some Primroses bloom (only bloom at night) too.

That’s what is on the mind of one individual from Kentucky Avenue in the smallest city in Virginia, Norton.  See you soon!