|Susan and me with our Mountain Tree, atop Tinker on the Appalachian Trail.|
|Susan walking the trail.|
Her idea added a new twist: we would take some Christmas tree decorations with us and find a spot on the top--overlooking the Cove--and decorate a pine. It occurred to us after a while that we couldn't simply leave the tree decorated because of the impact on a pristine area--although we truly wanted to--so we fell on the idea of decorating, photographing, undecorating and packing out. That's the way it worked.
|Me taking a break.|
But the Christmas gurus were on our side. On the way down the mountain, we ran into a pleasant young woman named Carolina, stopped her and presented her with our Christmas goodie. She was genuinely pleased, which pleased us.
|Susan and Carolina with the gift certificate.|
It was another dandy celebration of something worth celebration: the birth of a man called the "Prince of Peace." I'm not a Christian, but I appreciate Christ and his intentions. Would that we all honored them all the time.
|Susan's nature shots are sometimes emotional.|
|Pampa shoots, too.|
|Susan in panorama overlooking one of our favorite places.|
|That smile will melt you.|
|Boob plant? Eh, maybe.|
|This rock had a hole in it.|
|I like Susan's "watercolor" a lot.|
|Susan loves the rocks.|
|Pampa finds them a challenge.|
|Susan's enthusiasm for our project was boundless.|
|Ho! Ho! And might I add, ho!|
|Co-conspirators on a mountain top. Merry Christmas to those of you who spent the day conventionally.|