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Spent the day with a group of friends rapplling the 100-foot drop at Raven’s Roost along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Here Chris makes a quick rappel down.

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Pete & Twila
Topped off our evening at Pete and Twila Bracken’s home. It was a great day spent with friends!


Las Pozas
Mexico Caving Day 7
We decided to take a day off after bouncing Golondrinas the day before. So we visited a Mexican rainforest gem, it’s in a remote mountain village called Xilitla, and is the home to the extraordinary surrealist architecture of Edward James called Las Pozas. This is a photo of me there.

To see more photos from a couple of years ago from a visit there look here — http://www.nikkifox.net/blog/11-21-2007.

Las Pozas
Think M. C. Escher meets an elvish city. Very cool architecture with mysterious paths and illusions that come to life.

Las Pozas
Shapes and visuals to please your eyes!

Las Pozas
Even though this photos looks like the place had no people, our experience was not the same as it was a couple of years ago. Since then, a snack bar has been added, the ticket price has increased, there were busloads of tourists there and many of the places we could go before were blocked off “for your safety.”


An essay on local wildflowers.

Woodland Sunflower
Helianthus divaricatus L.

Tiger Lily
Lilium lancifolium

Cichorium intybus L.

Daisy Fleabane
Erigeron annuus (L) Pers.

Spotted Touch-Me-Not
Impatiens capensis Meerb