Waterfalls – Gragg Prong in Mid-May

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Matt and I took a nice hike this morning down to Gragg Prong Falls down below the Blue Ridge Parkway below Linville.  It was majestic with the sun rising projecting slanting, golden light on the time-smoothed, granite slabs surrounding this water hole.  There’s nothing like spending a morning in the mountains in May!

Icy Walk at Bass Lake in Blowing Rock

Walking Dinah at Bass Lake - Blowing Rock, NC

Walking Dinah at Bass Lake – Blowing Rock, NC

One of the nicest things about living in Boone is the ability to drive just a few minutes and find yourself at a beautiful spot like this.  Sara and I took Dinah for a walk the other night at Bass Lake in Blowing Rock.  It was more like ice skating than walking but it was still fun!  It’s so refreshing to be in the mountains in the Winter.  It was cold on the lake but it was such a pleasant evening.

Peak Leaf Season in Boone, NC: Fall 2014

What a pleasant drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway yesterday! We’re definitely experiencing peak leaf season in Boone a little early this year. It was absolutely gorgeous with all of the fall colors! Come on up and enjoy it this weekend before the leaves all fall off!

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Shiprock in the Fall

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Boone Golf Club at Dusk

Boone Golf Club at Dusk

Boone Golf Club at Dusk

It’s a beautiful time of year to be in the High Country.  Here’s a shot of the Boone Golf Club (hole 9) with a gorgeous sunset.  It really doesn’t get any better than this!  With temps in the low 70’s for the past week there’s no place I’d rather be.

Golfing at Jefferson Landing with Vernon Taylor!

Another Great Day on the Golf Course with Vernon!

Another Great Day on the Golf Course with Vernon!

Here we are having fun on the golf course at gorgeous Jefferson Landing. I’m on the left and to the right is my golf partner for the day, Vernon Taylor. Vernon and his wife Anne asked us to list and market their home in Jefferson Landing. You can see it on http://BooneRealEstate.com under “search our listings” at the price of $1,200,000. It is a remarkable property and affords enjoyment of these links and many other amenities throughout the year. Come explore Jefferson Landing in the mountains of North Carolina!

Waterfall at Black Fork

Spring has finally arrived!  Here’s a shot of a massive waterfall near the Linville Gorge.  So impressive!!  Once you start exploring the High Country you’ll want to live here.  Boone and the surrounding areas are some of the most beautiful places you’ll ever see!

25ft Waterfall at Black Fork

25ft Waterfall at Black Fork

Sharon’s Daffodils

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The flowers at Sharon’s farm are emerging in full spring glory. Here’s a wave of daffodils. Last December I planted 1000 more which are just breaking ground. The forsythia are beginning to riot as we’ll. What a bounty this time of year is – especially after the winter we’ve endured. Sharon says to say those daffodils are named “Ice Follies.”

Snowstorm in Boone

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It looks like this morning we wake up with about 10 inches of snow in Boone.  It’s still coming down but expected to turn to rain shortly and melt it all off.  It sure is pretty though and one more example of the exotic beauty that occurs almost every day in the mountains.  Come visit us and see for yourself.

Frosty Trees in Eagles Nest in Banner Elk Today!

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It was majestic driving up into Eagles Nest in Banner Elk this morning.  All the trees were glazed with a beautiful rime ice.  It’s such a peculiar and rare event that it almost makes you feel like you’re on a different planet.  The effect is truly mesmerizing.  It seems like every day in the mountains there’s another unique experience to celebrate.

One of the Most Fickle Females in my Life..

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Her name is Kitty Kane Cat and she has a mind of her own but definitely enjoys human company and affection.  She doesn’t talk which after a day in real estate can be a comfort.  But she lets me know immediately if she’s unhappy.  She is rarely a bad kitty and never catty or contumacious.  With the amount Sharon travels, Kitty Kane is becoming a dominant female figure in my life, as scratchy as that may seem…

Daughter Megan Makes an Appearance

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Megan drives up from Asheville last night and paid me a surprise visit to our offices today.  Isn’t she a beauty!  Girl got style too – what with her being a designer and all!  It was great to see my daughter today!

Robin Likes the Tub!

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This is a picture of Robin trying out the new tub.  There’s more to buying house and simply “kicking tires!”  One of the great things about selling real estate and then is the great people you meet

New River in Winter

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Here’s the New River on January 29th.  We’re coming out of the cold snap and you can see the ice floes in the stream.  We are listing this beautiful cabin right on the New River in Glendale Springs just east of Jefferson, North Carolina.

Ice Floes in Mountain Creeks

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Here’s a set of falls below Whitetop Mountain.  It’s one of my favorite sets of rapids and changes dramatically with rainfall or snow runoff.  It’s high today, loud, snowy and beautiful.  It epitomizes peace, tranquility and all the other reasons I moved to the mountains for.  Somehow just standing by them makes me feel more human and I guess that’s why I live here.

Dawn with Kitty Kane in Boone

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7:03 AM with morning about to dawn under a low purple cloud bank in Boone, NC.  Getting ready to step on the stairmaster for 45 minutes with my cat beside me and kindle on the monitor reading the latest biography on Woodrow Wilson.  Then off to show three homes and on to Sharon’s farm in VA for the weekend.  Hoping Matt gets over the flu!

Watauga River in Valle Crucis, NC!

Here we are on the banks of the Watauga River in downtown Valle Crucis. It doesn’t get much prettier or more pristine than this. On one of the coldest recent days in the high country, the beauty abounds. The Watauga River resounds on its gurgling way to the Mast General Store. A one inch skiff of snow graces the ground. The brilliant sunshine reminds me we’re in the south but the air and crystal clear river tells me we’re in the mountains. Picturesque defines the high country and today is no different. If you revel in the beauty of nature come see us in Boone, North Carolina!

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Tanawha Trail – Holloway Mountain Rd

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Holloway Mountain – Tanawha Trail

Holloway Mountain Rd is probably one of the coolest roads in the High Country.  It’s a bumpy gravel road but the scenery is quite nice.  You can access the Tawawha Trail from Holloway Mtn Rd for some great hiking.  They just built a new parking area so you don’t have to park on the side of the road anymore.  It’s truly a great improvement!

View From Rough Ridge – Blue Ridge Parkway

Over the weekend a good friend of mine came up to the mountains from Chapel Hill. We enjoyed a great day of rock climbing and then hiked up the Rough Ridge Trail to soak in the amazing views of the gorge. Here are a few shots from Sunday evening. To find out more information about hiking the Rough Ridge Trail, check out Explore Boone Area’s article on Rough Ridge.  Next time you’re up in Boone or Blowing Rock be sure to give this trail a try!

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Beautiful Morning in Boone, NC

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Here’s the view this morning over Boone public golf course. I could walk home from the spot and my office is way before the first mountain. I enjoy a beautiful 3 minute commute to work. we moved here from Chicago 20 years ago for this kind of quality of life. and we have enjoyed every minute of it. I guess the truth is the fact that my 28 year old son has returned to Boone to work with me in the real estate business and enjoy living in the mountains. Come on up to the mountains stop in and visit us.

Waterfall Outside of Blowing Rock, NC

Got Waterfalls?

Blowing Rock is known for it’s high concentration of waterfalls.  If you hike anywhere along the Blue Ridge Parkway you’ll be sure to find breathtaking waterfalls like the one above.  This is a great place to live!