Mountains Are Getting Greener!

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The mountains of North Carolina are now painted in bright shades of green.   Birds have already started their nesting. Green 019 Most of the fruit tree blossoms have fell and green leaves are taking their place.  That means we are getting closer warmer weather.

Time for more fishing, floating down the rivers, jumping into lakes, hiking and camping. Green 006 Granted some of us hard core people have continued doing this all through the winter months.  However, we will be soon be joined by many seasonal residents and other visitors who flock here during their summer vacations.  Green 002So, join me in welcoming these folks back home to the mountains!  Enjoy your stay!

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Who Let The Dogs Out?

Murphy NC is gearing up for another 5K run.  On Saturday May 9th at 8:00 am runners and walkers will gather at the

Hiwassee Valley Pool and Wellness Center for Murphy Elementary School Running Club’s Who Let the Dogs Out 5K run.    Select students, grades 3-5 are training for this event for the ultimate goal of completing this race.

Come join and support these students by signing up to participate as either a runner or walker.  Early registration is going on now through April 23, 2015.

For more information, please contact Tristan Hamby at tristan.hamby@cherokee.k12.nc.us.

My dog Charley and I hope to see you there!Fires Creek 010

Fires Creek

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Looking for a lovely place to spend a lazy afternoon in the Mountains of Western North Carolina?   Fires Creek offers a lovely day get away.  Fires Creek 053Located off of HWY 64 between Murphy and Hayesville, Fires Creek offers picnic areas, hiking, fishing spots and even places to dip your toes in on a warm summer’s day.   There is even a beautiful waterfall that flows right into the base of the park. Fires Creek 054 Though it is hard to see the whole thing from the side of the creek, there are hiking trails that will lead you to some of the upper parts of the falls.  Fires Creek 055For the more adventurous, you can wade across the creek to see the lower part of the falls.  However, do be advised that some of the rocks are very slippery and may cause you to fall and get wet.  I suggest that you bring a change of dry cloths in case this happens. Fires Creek 038 The other day me and my dog Charley, scrambled down the other side of the creek where there are more picnic tables and walked along the edge to cross a short part of the creek, resulting in only my shoes and feet getting wet.  I also believe my sunglasses are still there somewhere near the waterfall, but it was a small price to pay to see this entire waterfall during our visit.  Fires Creek 047Also, when at the park, do watch for slithery critters that maybe along the side of the creek or on the trails on warmer days.  We did not see any this time, but I was looking just the same. So, if you want to spend a relaxing day, listening to the sounds of a lovely creek while you fish or picnic, come and check out Fires Creek.  You will be glad you did!Fires Creek 015

Springtime In The Mountains

Sidewalk

Sidewalk

I love this time of year!  The weather is getting warmer and the days are getting longer.  My favorite thing about spring is see all the pear and cherry trees in bloom.

Cherry Tree

Cherry Tree

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Entrance

I was glad that I came back from my trip in time to see is amazing display.  Here are some of the many trees that are showing off their beauty this year!

Some of these pictures were taken in downtown Murphy.  Others were taken at the park.  There is also one was even taken where I work.

At Work

At Work

Pretty soon the rest of the trees in the area will sprout their leaves and painting the mountains green again.

For right now, I am going to enjoy these blossoms, because they don’t last long.  Enjoy!

In Town

In Town