Thursday, April 24, 2008

a friendly deer

I had me a local scooter tour guide/ fellow scooterer along today, so I got to ride beyond my little usual familiar route. It's common to see deer when you're scootering on the local backroads. I wasn't surprised to see one while scootering today, but then I realized, hey, that deer is hanging out on somebody's front porch! Turns out, it thinks it's a dog. We stopped to stare at the deer. It came out to greet us in the road, walked around us a bit, and then it came right up to me and proceeded to sniff and smell me. I was hoping it wouldn't be like a goat and start munching on my clothes. I was too shocked to get a photo while we were face-to-face with about 12 inches between our noses, but I did manage to get a photo while it was walking away, just like a dog, going back to hang out on the front porch.

redbuds & dogwoods

I went scooter riding today. The redbuds and dogwoods are in bloom. So are the apple trees. Aaaaah - Springtime is the Appalachian Mountains! Saw wild columbine (two-tone orange), wild geraniums (pretty purple), and wild phlox (another purple) -- blooming in all their glory today. Saw one of those blue herons or river cranes (that really big graceful bird that likes water) today. That's always a special sight, peaceful.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

April 9th Community Meal

Morgan Memorial United Methodist Church (located across from the Dollar Store) is hosting a Community Meal on Wednesday, April 9th from 5:30PM - 7:00PM. The meal is free. The church invites the entire community to come break bread together.

Copyright by Science Progress, 2008

The Connect Rose Hill project was featured in a recent online article located at Click on the "Broadband Done Right" article, written by Nancy Scola.

About Science Progress... "Our objective at Science Progress is to improve the understanding of science among policymakers and other thought leaders and to develop exciting, progressive ideas about innovation in science and technology for the United States in the 21st Century. Science Progress is a project of the Center for American Progress, a non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)3 educational and research organization."

The article leads out with, "Virginia rolls out high-speed Internet programs to boost jobs, health care, education, and commerce. It’s a model that works."

Here's an excerpt from the article:

"A recent post on Joan Minor’s Rose Hill Blog also highlights Black Bear Blast, a gathering of scientists and locals in Cumberland Gap National Park. Another details Kite Day, a local tradition tracing its roots “way back yonder when,” says Minor. She’s delighted to promote these rural get-togethers, the better to help preserve the small town’s unique way of life. "

Click on "Broadband Done Right" at for the full article. If you read it, I'd sure enjoy hearing some commentary!

scenes from today's scooter ride

I was riding alone today, so I stayed on my usual little country route. It was so fun, I did it twice!

It's something like... out Martins Creek Road up Balls Chapel to Possum Holler and then back into town through Giles Holler or McLin Holler, then back across through the middle of town on Main Street, where I can pretty much keep up with the speed limit going East (mostly downhill).

It was fun, and the weather was beautiful. I already know which houses have dogs who will chase me. Long as I'm going downhill past their house, I can outrun 'em. haha!