Friday, July 31, 2015
Saturday, July 25, 2015
Sunday, July 19, 2015
This was a very busy week for me. I had a lot going on this week.
On Monday, I took Mom and Mary, my sister, and her kids out to Pisgah Forest for a day of fun. We got word that my brother-in-law passed away while we were heading out to Pisgah Forest. My brother-in-law and my sister had not been together for years but they were still married since they did not have the money to get the divorce. My oldest niece, Jessica called my sister to tell her he passed away that morning. My brother-in-law was diagnose with cancer in the Fall of 2014. Even though my sister was sadden greatly by the news, we decided to continue on with our plans for the day for the kids and wait for more details on what was going on with plan with my brother-in-law.
Our first spot was the Pisgah Forest Gem Mine which is just a little way up Highway 280 from the entrance of Pisgah National Forest. The guy that owns the gem mine goes to my church he has been a guy I look up to since I was in the youth group. When he lost his job last year, he decided to open the gem mine. He opened the mine a couple month ago and it seems he is off to a great start. His staff really know their stuff and were great with the kids. The kids enjoyed their time and I even did a couple scoops. My nephew, Jason got a good sized ruby.
After we finished at the Pisgah Forest Gem Mine, we heading into Pisgah National Forest. We looked around the fish hatchery and then we spend the afternoon at the Candle of Forestry.
The kids enjoyed the displays at the fish hatchery and feeding the fish. The fish from this hatchery go into the streams around Western North Carolina.
Our next stop was the Cradle of Forestry, which tells the story of the first School of Forestry in the United States. Carl Schenck was the teacher at the Forestry School which was on the Biltmore Estate which was the home of George W. Vanderbilt.
We finish our day eating a late lunch and then going to watch the Minions movie. All of us enjoyed us day out.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, I helped my sister look for a rental car so she could make the trip to Indiana for my brother-in-law's services. We could not find one on Tuesday because everyone had rented out all the cars the had. We managed to get a car that her and the kids would be comfortable riding in for the long trip up to Indiana.
Tuesday, I went back to work. I started in my new position in pick. So far, I am enjoying my new job. I am already getting used to the heights. I am afraid of heights but I have always tried to face my fears. I believe I will continue to improve at pick and maybe learn the other positions in the warehouse.
Friday, July 17, 2015
Friday, July 10, 2015
Thursday, July 09, 2015
Today, my friend, Seth and I went to Wintergreen Falls in DuPont State Forest. We had an enjoyable hike. Since I had not been to the falls before I was not sure if we were on the right trail almost all the way to the falls. Our hike started at the parking area at the Guion farm access. The hike down to the falls took between 20 and 30 minutes.
A long the trail were some big boulders in the woods on the one side of the trail.
When you come to the creek you are just below the falls. I walked up the trail over the rock a long side the creek to get up to the falls.
There is a nice pool of water to swim in but rock are slippery even on the dry part of the rock.
Wintergreen Falls is short falls but as you see very beautiful and well worth the hike to them.
Now that I got the Wintergreen Falls checked off my List of things to see up at DuPont State Forest, I think I will try going to see all the lakes and revisit High Falls and Triple Falls.
This is the second post of a two post on my mom and mine trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee. We made it into Gatlinburg around 11:30 AM. We stopped at Blaine's Grill & Bar next to Ripley's Odditorium. We both enjoyed our lunch. I had the Mexico City hamburger and it was very tasty and cooked just the way I like it. We got great service too. The restaurant was very clean. I would go back to this restaurant.
After eating lunch started our tour around Gatlinburg at the Ripley's Odditorium. We brought the Combo tickets to go to the Odditorium, Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies and Guinness World Records Museum.
Pictures from Ripley's Odditorium.
Pictures from Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. I enjoyed it here but it would have been better if it was less crowned.
Guinness World Records Museum was okay but I was expecting more then what was in there.
The toured the Christ in the Smokies Museum and Gardens was tell the life of Jesus with 3D Dioramas.
Mom and I looked around some of the shops in Gatlinburg in between the museums and after we went to the Tanger Outlets in Sevierville, Tennessee. To finish our day we had dinner at Two Brothers Italian Restaurant in Sevierville. This is one of the best if not the best Italian Restaurant I have been too. The portions were big and the food was full of flavor. I am going to have to return to this restaurant again too. After dinner, mom and I had good ride home.
Wednesday, July 08, 2015
Tuesday, Mom and I took a trip to spend the day in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. I decided to take US Highway 441 through the Great Smokey National Park since I never took that way to Gatlinburg before. I have always taking Interstate 40 to go to Gatlinburg. It was a enjoyable ride with only one slow poke on the last part of the Blue Ridge Parkway going in to the National Park.
Mom and I stopped at the Oconaluftee Vistor Center and Mountain Farm Museum at the North Carolina entrance just outside of Cherokee, North Carolina to stretch are legs before traveling on through the park.
After walking around here we continued unto Gatlinburg by driving through the park. We had a nice ride without any really slow drivers. I did have a person behind me riding kind of close to me most of the way. We made it through a road construction zone safety near the Vistor Center on the Tennessee side of the park. It looks like they do the work at night.
Sunday, July 05, 2015
Sorry for not posting for over a week now. I have been trying to decide on how to write this post. Due to a paperwork error, I had to come back home instead of staying in the Philippines as I had planned. Jo Anne and I was very upset about not being able to be with one another as we planned to be for two weeks. When I got back home I receive a letter from Immigration informing me that Jo Anne's Visa was deny. I guess you can say it was a rough couple days.
I am in the process of getting a lawyer to help me with the paperwork error. It is an error here in the United States. Immigration in the Philippines said they did not have a problem with letting me in the Philippines but it was the United States Government with the problem. It does not look like it would be to hard to take care of the issue once I find the right lawyer.
Jo Anne and I have decided not to appeal the Visa decision since we do not have the enough time to file a proper appeal and it would just be a waste of money. We are going to try some of our other options at this time. Even with the bad news, I feel more at peace with things and believe God will still see us together as husband and wife one day. I am sorry for not getting into the details but I want to keep a little privacy for Jo Anne and I while we share our life journey. We are in a Valley Low right now but we stay focused on God and we will see him move mountains for us.
We are hoping the paperwork issue will be taking care of by next year. We are planning to spend about three weeks together and are discussing going ahead and getting married. We will continue to update you here when something important happens and worth sharing.