Tag Archive: mountains


8th Birthday Party Photos

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Want Out

Me and my family want to move outta Cali. However lack of a vehicle, funds and a new place to stay hamper our plans. If you or you know someone with a piece of land with some sort of shelter for a family of 7 and if we can figure out a way to get to the place, we can work out an agreement. Just need to get out if here and into the mountains or country. Doses not need to ne pretty, just a useable shelter that we can live in until such time we can afford to purchace our own land. We can not stand the city anymore and need to get out.

 

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Tuesday Photos, Oct. 23 2012

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****All photos are copyright of Charles Vandergriff. No use or manipulation of any kind without the express written consent of owner.****

Autumn

Oh how I yearn to see the Autum colors in the mountains of the Virginias, the Carolinas and Tennessee.
  How I wish I could feel the crisp cool mountain air on my face as the beauty of Mother Nature and the Lord Almighty created surrounds me.
I am wrecked with emotions as I reach out to feel the air of Fall and to see the glorious beauty of this time of year, and nothing is there
I am filled with envy of those who can see and feel this time of year, and can retreat inside and sit by the fireplace and feel the warmth
To be able to have a slice of warm apple pie and a tall mug of apple cider to sip as stories are told by young and old alike
May one day I will too enjoy the happiness that felt and shared by everyone during Autumn.
May I too be able to sit in my rocking chair with my wife by myside, rocking our remaining days away enjoying Gods gift of beauty.
May God bless everyone with peace and tranquility on this mid September evening.

By: Charles H. Vandergriff IV

Burned

The title says it all. This is me 2 days after being home from the lake.

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Now this is my back. Forwhatever reason the middle part did not burn even though my whole back was exposed. Needless to say is as painful to view it as it is in real life. Though the stiffness and soreness has set in so as I write this, I’m in a lot of pain.

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All in all we had a great time at the lake. Though crowded, we still managed to get the kids out and even got them across the lake and back. Did this all day, so its no wonder I am sore….lol

Monday at the Lake

Well its a lil late, but here’s my post about our day at Lost Lake.

This past Monday, the family, our good friend and myself loaded up in the car and took off for the lake. After the kids got out of school first of course…lol. We had plenty of goodies and food to last the rest of the day. Though we forgot the radio. So no music. 😦  Anyways we arrived there at just after 2:30 and found that there were only a few others around. Which is good, cause its not that big of a lake. So we found a picnik table, switched into our pool shoes (to protect out feet from the rocks) put on sun screen and off into the water we went. Let me tell you, the water was quite cold, but after getting used to it, it was not that bad. The air temp was 102, but the water felt good. We splased around, tried to teach the kids how to swim, though they were just happy to be out and playing, so teaching anything fell on deaf ears. After awhile the kids wanted to play by themselves, and there was a shallow area, like a cove, that was no deeper than 14″. But we hung around just in case. But our friend and myself swam across the lake a few times which we could really feel the burn as we had not worked those muscles in a long time.

Well after a while the kids started to get hungry, so out of the water we went, and up to the table. We all ate sandwiches with ham, turkey, tomato, lettus, cucumber and spicy mustard. Chips for all and pudding for the kids. So after we all finished, we just sat around and talked to give our food time to settle. As we sat there, I took out my sketch pad and charcoal sticks and wanted to draw something that I saw out there. Now keep in mind I suck at drawing…lol. And its been forever since I drew anything with charcoal. But I managed to get something on paper which kinda resembles the landscape…lol. But for being visually impaired, and lack of drawing experience, I thought, as did the wife, our friend and our oldest daughter, did damn good on what I had done.

Well before I finished my drawing, everyone had went back down to the lake. I followed just a very short time later. So, as I proceed to get back into the water, I noticed that it was colder than before. Took longer to adjust and get used to it, but we never fully adjusted to it. So it was back to playing with the kids for a bit, splashing around and whatnot. After a while, the kids went off into the cove area to play just as we decided it was time to swim to the other side of the lake. Well this time my wife joined in as she wanted to say she was able to do it. Lets just say it looked like 3 fish outta the water trying to swim across…lol. After we had managed to get across, we talked for a bit on the other side, keeping a eye on the kids, which they were excellt in listening to us, plus they had their big sissy to help watch over them. Well after a few, we headed back over to the kids to play with them some more. Though towards the end, our oldest son got grumpy and sat out until it was time to leave.

Well we stayed until the sun set behind the mountains and figured it was time to leave, so we could get back home, clean the kids up and get them ready for school. All in all, everyone had a great time, and we are planning to go to the lake at least once a week. As its great exercise and it gets the kids out to release their pent up energy. So stay tuned for our next adventure.

Till next time,