Catawba Falls

It has been a while since we went camping, and I’ve been wanting to camp near the waterfalls. This time we camped at Catawba Falls Campground near Catawba Falls and it’s within a half mile walking distance from the campground.Catawba Falls is located in Pisgah National Forest property near Old Fort, NC and it’s a 2 miles hike.

This bridge was completed in July of this year, I could imagine how difficult it was to get to the Falls having to cross the river on stepping stones.

There are several lower falls along the way. I bought my tripod with me to capture the longer shutter speed that blurs the moving water, and having to hike with camera gears wearing flip flops was not ideal.

I never thought that we would get to the big Falls, the path kept going up hills.

It’s well worth the hike.

This was from the top of the falls.

On the way down was a lot faster and I have more time to admire nature.

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The Lantern Fest November 2015 Fayetteville, North Carolina

I didn’t blog as much last year, I was busy trying to sell the old house and fixing the new fixer upper and spent all my weekends on projects. We didn’t get to camp as much either, 2015 was a blur to me. One day I saw a sponsor suggested ads of the Lantern Fest came through my Facebook news feed and it was in Fayetteville, NC. It was a 3 to 4 hours drive, quite a distance for a day’s trip for us. The festival made me think of Yi Peng Lantern Festival in Chiang Mai Thailand, I’ve always wanted to participate but not sure when I’ll have the opportunity to visit Thailand. The 3 to 4 hours drive versus 24 hours airplane ride made the decision easier. I have to say it’s one of the most memorable events that we have attended. It was held at the Fayetteville Motor Speedway.

I’m not sure what went through my dad’s mind but he spoke about the event for several months.

I have to keep reminding Lee that it’s not a hat.

This was our first time and we didn’t know how to light the lantern.

They are coming to Charlotte, NC this year, it’s a 1-hour drive and the decision should be simple right?

July 4th Fireworks at VA Beach

We were fortunate to see the fireworks this year on July 4th. We were too far from the VA Beach fireworks display but I was able to capture a few fireworks display photos by the beach goers/vacationers. If weather permits I hope to see the actual fireworks next year.