A Pilgrimage

to see The Daily Show and other marvels of the East

October 2006

About Town -- Day One

Columbus Circle

Central Park

The Colbert Report

Catching up on reading while waiting on line....

About Town -- Day Two

Midtown reflections


Looking north up Fifth Avenue from the top of the Empire State Building.  The lights from Yankee Stadium glow in the distance.

Looking south down Fifth and Broadway.

About Town -- Day Three

The New Colossus (1883)
by Emma Lazarus (1849-1887)

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Ellis Island

A changed skyline

More reflections

On to North Carolina and the Blue Ridge Parkway

Mt. Pisgah

The cliff at Mile 413

Stream at Graveyard Fields

Blueberry bog

A flaming tree

The upper falls

Looking Glass Rock

Huffing and puffing up the Richland Balsam trail -- whew!

We made it!!!

Color and haze

Clouds slowly move in

On to the Great Smoky Mountains

A view of the distant Great Smoky Mountains from the Blue Ridge Parkway

Kephart Prong in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Looking downstream

We reach the clouds

Lost in the cloud on Clingman's Dome

The invisible lookout tower at Clingman's Dome (elev 6,643 ft)

Exploring the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Hiking the Trillium Gap Trail to Grotto Falls

Grotto Falls

The view from under Grotto Falls

A Park Ranger talks about biodiversity in the Smoky Mountains

Grotto Falls from a distance

Hiking a bit of the Appalachian Trail from Newfound Gap

One mile down and only 2159 to go

Taking some Time to Enjoy the Quiet Walkways



Heading back to Clingman's Dome

On a clear day you CAN see forever!

A view of Fontana Lake far below

Mountain ash

The moon and mountain ash berries

A mountainside of dead hemlocks


A wall of rock near Waterrock Knob -- how different will it look next time?

leaf and rock, transients
passing through -- one in a blink
of other's long gaze.