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Western North Carolina

UPDATE: Adding more images from a short trip to Murphy & Andrews on November 5, 2011.
This has been a LONG time coming. I have been working on getting 35mm slides scanned from the old days & my digital images from trips in 2003 & 2009.
My first experience to Western North Carolina came from my former wife, whose relatives lived in Marion, in McDowell County & is 30 miles East of Asheville. I use to go up there every year & roam around taking photographs. Many of them I have thrown away - as they did not meet my expectations & I am my #1 critic. The whole area from Marion West is a photographers haven & I could spend 6 months out of the year up here IF I had the funds & was retired. My Favorite places . . . Asheville, Black Mountain, Bryson City & Spruce Pine pop up right off the top of my head. This Gallery is Dedicated to some friends from that area - Judy & Gary Dale & their Family - for all the trips you have taken us on & the gracious hospitality & friendhsip over the years, the good food - you will Not be forgotten. Also, a Big thank you goes out to Jimmy Browning of Marion for showing me some of the backroads in McDowell County & for taking me out to lake James, among others. To Jim Wrinn, who is now the Editor of Trains Magazine, to Captain Larry Pierson of the Swannanoa Fire department - thanks for letting me hang around last year & showcasing your great photos! To Vince Carter of the Reynolds Fire Department - sorry we didn't get back there in 2009. Also a Big thank you to Stuart Earp for pulling out all 3 trucks in Wilkesboro & then showing me how to get to North Wilkesboro to shoot their Heavy Rescue. To all my railroad friends when we chased the trains in the 1980's - John Hall, John Craft, John Gieske, Alan Miller, David Gibson & David Clarke. To all of my family for putting up with me, especially Alice - for the patience as I stopped here & there to grab some image & drive on somewhere else! You are Loved!! To JD - thanks son, for coming along with me & John G. on the train ride in 1988 - it was a blast!!! Last, but not least, thanks to my friend in Christ, in Music & Trains, the late Kent Roberts who passed away in 2009 - sorry we never got to eat lunch together in September. You are missed - thanks for putting me on to Sam Bush!
In Memory of . . . Ellen Browning, Edgar Browning & Jerry Browning - you are missed.
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