We decided that every time we saw one of the government signs telling everyone to stay home – we weren’t! We decided to keep doing what we always do when we have the time. That is we were going to go hiking and walking and exploring. But, instead of heading to Ireland, or Portugal, or out west somewhere, we were going to make the best of a bad situation. Well, it was a bad situation when one of our favorite things to do, is to travel and explore new places. We decided to take our exploration to areas 50 miles or less near our home. We found so many lovely and beautiful places where we could be outside and exercise — both things that fight the virus! We truly live in a beautiful part of the United States! I have included a collection of many of the places we visited during the spring and summer of 2020, some of which is along the Applachian Trail.
It has been quite a while since I captured images of my Knoxville family. I think Mariah was 3! She is 8 now! Mimi insisted that they bring clothes so we could get some nice images. It is hard to look at them though, because the kids are so grown up looking! Michael and Rachel look quite the same…though there was not beard then! Have a look at how beautiful they all are!
On the fourth of July we headed to Ohio to celebrate Bernie Feehan’s 91st birthday! What a blessing to have so many family members to join us! There were his children, all but four of the grandchildren, some great grandchildren and even some great-great grandchildren! It was so very hot, but the kids were so thankful for Aunt Debbie’s pool. There were many family members who met each other for the first time. It was a memorable event having so many come to honor their father, grandfather and great-grandfather! It was a hot day as was the day of his birth. He has told the story that it was so very hot that his mother just wanted to go for a ride. So his father hitched up the horses and they went for a ride on the wagon. It was later that evening that my FIL was born. Many images were taken … to commemorate the event.