Living On The Bartram Trail

I love where I live! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. It doesn’t get any better than this.

I’m a hiker. That’s no mystery! This blog is certainly evidence of this. So imagine my thrill when we moved to a house that is ON the Bartram Trail. In fact, we are sandwiched between the alternate “Canoe Route” and the “Hiking/Biking Route” on Section 3 of the Bartram Trail. This is the section between Buckeye Creek and Wallace Branch; or from Otto to Franklin, NC.

It’s not uncommon to see hikers passing our house on the road or paddling down the river in canoes and kayaks. And I wish I was going with each and every one of them.

The video below, which I shot in the evening, will give you a small taste of how amazing this section of the Bartram Trail really is.

Check this section of the Bartram out sometime! And if you happen by, don’t forget to wave or stop in for a rest.

See ya’ on the trail!

There’s A Bluebird On My Boulder

Well, two actually. Lucky us! We’ve had some bluebirds move into our birdhouse…and they’re nesting. Looks like we’re going to have baby birds this Spring.

So, I thought you might like to meet our new neighbors….

A male bluebird, perched on a cairn.

Mr. Bluebird is staking his claim and letting the Chickadees know this is his territory.

A female bluebird, perched on a cairn, carrying building materials into her new home.

Mrs. Bluebird is busying herself with domestic chores and nest building.

A bluebird poking her head out of her nesting box.

Mrs. Bluebird is taking in the view from her new home…and loving it!

A female bluebird takes flight from her new nesting box.

No time to waste! Mrs. Bluebird is off to find more nesting materials.

A female bluebird, perched on a cairn, surveying her new neighborhood.

Time to eat. Moments after this photo was snapped, Mrs. Bluebird swooped down and gobbled a tasty bug. (Well, I assume it was tasty.)

Baby bluebird peeking out of its nesting box.

And finally…six weeks later…baby bluebirds!!

We love sitting at our breakfast table, watching these bluebirds flying around our front yard. I’ve noticed it’s taking longer to finish our breakfast. But it’s so worth it!

Got bluebirds?! I’d love to hear about yours. Drop me a note in the comments section.