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Saturday, January 26, 2013

A Hike With Joey

I have been trying to post this all week. Last weekend at my hike with my friend, Joey. I have been very busy the past few weeks. It was great to take a little time and get out into nature. My outing last Saturday with Joey helped me get my mind of all the things I have been worrying about of late.

Driving along the Blue Ridge Parkway

Joey wanted to go hiking on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The section where Joey wanted to go for a hike was closed due to snow. We ended up hiking a section of the Mountains to the Sea Trail along the Blue Ridge Parkway between NC Highway 191 and US Highway 25. We got onto the Parkway and headed North at the NC Highway191. We started our hike at a pull off about a mile from the from the bridge over Interstate 26.

Stream along the access trail.

One of the bridges on the trail at the being on our hike.

We took a short access trail that lead to the Mountains to the Sea Trail. We hiked the Mountains to the Sea heading back to the bridge over Interstate 26. This section runs between the Blue Ridge Parkway and what I believe is the back side of Biltmore Park. Joey and I guess the hike was about a mile and a half.

The trail ran along a long the fence for a little while.

A foot bridge over one of the creeks along the trail.

You always find something interesting if your paying attention while hiking in nature.

Hikes Along the Blue Ridge Parkway offer many great views many better then this.

The trail post sign at the end of the section we hiked.

If you can have a favorite bridge, this bridge is my favorite bridge. Ever since I was a kid, I loved seeing this bridge when traveling up to Asheville.

Blue Ridge Parkway Bridge over Interstate 26

After we did our hike Joey and I eat lunch at a Mexican Restaurant in South Asheville before heading to Weaverville and Asheville to do a little shopping. In Weaverville, we stopped at the Roses Discount Store which was a blast from the past for me. I remember when Roses had a lot more store. Hendersonville had two Roses stores before the company downsized after Wal-Mart came to Hendersonville.

Joey showed me around Weaverville since he is more familiar with the town. I wanted to take some more pictures but my camera stopped taking pictures after the ones I took at the Roses. I got a new camera on Sunday. We ended our day shopping at different stores in Asheville and talking about plans for other outings.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Photo Of The Week: A Whale Of A Ride!

This Whale ride is in front of the Roses Discount Store in Weaverville, North Carolina. This is the last picture I took with my old camera before it stopped taking pictures.

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Okay Start On My Car Hunt

I sent my weekend looking at different cars. I have not found a car that I am completely sold on at this time. One car that is the closes is a little over my price range I am looking at so I am going to pass on it. I am sure that I will find something closer to what I am looking for as time goes on. I am glad that I have the availability to walk away from the offer of the car dealer. I am hoping the car salesman are and and want to make a sale that they will call me when they get a car that may fit what I want.

I have some of my friends on the look out for some good cars for me too. With their help I am sure I can find a car that will meet my needs. I just hate to get rid of the car I have now. I was planning on waiting for Jo Anne to get here so she could be more involved in choosing the car. My car now is to the point that the things I need to fix are not worth the money. If it was not being issues of safety I would not even look for a car at this time. I have been discussing the process with her. I plan to get a second car after Jo Anne gets a job and get her driver's license here.

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Starting The Search For A New Car

After long consideration, I decided it is time to go look for a new car. I have a 1996 Brick Park Avenue. I love driving the car but the number of problems with the car is to the point where is not worth fixing them.

Yesterday, while I was at the bank, I got per-approved for a car loan. I hate getting a loan for a new car but the car has been eating up all my extra money. I hope to get a car with better gas mileage. My car was been losing mileage this past year. I figure the extra a month I will be paying for the car payment will be made up in savings on gas.

I am thinking of getting a Toyota or Honda. I have wanted to get a wagon type car for a while and with my online book store, the wagon would be great help. If I go with another GM car, I will get a 2008 or older car. I have been hearing good things about Ford cars lately so will consider getting a Ford.

I will go out looking at cars this weekend. I am glad I know how much I can go up to with the new car. I do not have that worry about what the payment would be. I already know what the payment will be.

I have not fully decided yet if I will trade in the old car or sell the car for scrap metal. My friend and mentor, believes I could get more by selling the car for scrap metal so I will check into that.

The good things about this time of looking for a car for me is that I not going to have to rush because I have a car. That first couple times, I needed to have a car quickly. I have time to check out all the different cars that are out there and get the right match for my needs.