Visitor in the night

Janie saw a bear on East Reach yesterday in the woods near our house. Lexi barked her disapproval for several hours after they returned home safely and then he/she must have decided to investigate what was making the awful noise this morning.

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Memories of an amazing day

Four years ago today the total eclipse of the Sun brought friends and families together for an amazing event. It was a truly wonderful day at Balsam Mountain Preserve. Please enjoys a re-posted short video of the images and songs from a beautiful day....

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Bob the snake

Bob is a 6 foot black snake and has been hanging around for several years. Twice I have found his shed skin on my workbench in the garage where presumably he ventured in search of mice. Due to Bob, we have seen very few mice. Last July he tried to come into the...

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Bear!

Not many bears so far this spring but this guy visited the Ison's recently. Note how he reacts to Steve yelling "Git" and runs away 🙂

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Fly fishing on the Tuck

Last Tuesday evening I scared some fish with David Kitchens and Mike Nervie. The weather was great and around dusk the trout were rising to feed on the hatches. I manage to catch a couple and several nibbles. All in all a great time and we saw few other fisherman that...

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Another Snow Day at Balsam Mountain

This makes the fourth snowfall since Christmas and more than three weeks of some snow on the ground. It started around 6:00 PM last night and snowed steadily until early this morning. We got about 4 inches on this side of the mountain. Lexi just loves this snow and...

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Another Snow Day at Balsam Mountain

This makes the fourth snowfall since Christmas and more than three weeks of some snow on the ground. It started around 6:00 PM last night and snowed steadily until early this morning. We got about 4 inches on this side of the mountain. Lexi just loves this snow and...

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Observing the Saturn-Jupiter Conjunction

We drove around the mountain today looking for a good place to observe the conjunction and the only spot with a reasonable view of the southwest without trees or mountains is the back deck at the Boarding House. There are likely other favorable spots like the 9th hole...

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