Holidays are about visiting with family. One of my favorite things I do during my holidays is exploring with my Dad. Last year we went all over southeastern Indiana, just taking the back roads. This painting is of Dad, walking down the festive streets of Aurora, Indiana.
I love being a Dad. Having kids has helped my see the world through whole new eyes. I am lucky because I get to go everywhere with my kids. I love teaching them about the world around us. They love nature, and are excited by the smallest things.
Memorial Day weekend we were at the beach as a tropical storm was coming ashore. We didn’t get to swim, but we enjoyed the beach, seeing what washed up. We saw fish, Jellyfish, shells, a snake skeleton, and by our condo we saw an Alligator swimming. It was cool. The skies were moody and beautiful.
Temples are important in my faith. It is where families are sealed together, so that they are with each other after death. Recently a young couple my wife and I have worked with got married at the Raleigh Temple. What a happy day! I did this painting for them.
On Memorial Day weekend we took a trip to Kiawah Island, South Carolina. We timed it just right to enjoy sitting through a tropical storm making landfall. After the storm, we all went and played at the beach. Going to the beach with little kids is fun. Seeing the joy they find making sandcastles, and splashing in the waves is wonderful. Looking out at the everchanging sky and windswept waves is inspirational. We saw neat birds, alligators, a snake skeleton, sea snails, and jelly fish. The best time was just being together and building sandcastles.
Linville Falls is a beautiful, high flow waterfall, which makes it’s way through a slot it has carved in the rock, and then plunges the Linville River into a large wilderness canyon, the Linville Gorge. It is a gorgeous waterfall, right off of the Blue Ridge Parkway, and one of my favorite places!
Grandfather Mountain is one of the coolest places in North Carolina. It has hikes up and down cliffs with ladders and cables. It has endemic flora and fauna. You can see 4 states from its summit and on a clear day you can see Charlotte.
One of the most popular spots on Grandfather Mountain is the Mile High Swinging Bridge. It is one mile in elevation, but not that high above the ravine it crosses. The views are great!
In the northwest part of the North Carolina piedmont lies a small, beautiful mountain range called the Sauratown Mountains. They are named after the Saura people, Native Americans that inhabited this corner of the state. The mountains are low, but beautiful, very craggy, and covered with plants and animals expected in the higher Blue Ridge which is nearby.
I love being in the mountains. The cool air, the expansive views, the rough terrain speak to me. This is a view from the side of Grandfather Mountain, a rugged mountain in northwestern North Carolina.
River towns are interesting. This particular town was a booming place in the 1800s, and still survives today due to it’s proximity to Cincinnati. There is a juxtaposition of beautiful historic homes, architecture, and modern industry
Camping is so much fun. Sitting around the campfire, out far away from everyone. Telling stories, eating roasted hotdogs, watching the stars. It is beautiful. Last September, my dad and I went camping. We didnt sleep much, but enjoyed sitting by the lake, watching the stars, and talking.