Friends Donna and David Francis are building a home way up on Wolfpen Mountain, and I mean way, way up. Got to be over 5,000 feet. They hosted a July 4 party complete with live music, barbecue and a big fire pit. The site also provided the best view around for Lake Junaluska’s fireworks, along with dozens of smaller, private fireworks displays that were taking place all over Haywood County. Mix in lots of good friends and cold beverages and it was just a great time. Something about spending time high on a mountain that is just exhilarating. A great mountain evening, and this year there wasn’t even a dog fight.
May and most of June were way too dry. Now, though, we’re getting those thunder boomers that send signals to my body that summer is truly upon us. So enjoy. A few weeks ago my kids and I were in Charleston and we just kept strolling as a thunderstorm swamped us. Saturday my wife and kids went out specifically to just walk in the rain. Next storm, put on your swim wear and try it.
— By Scott McLeod