Sunday, July 17, 2016


At least here at the end of Staymon, all has been quiet this summer, insofar as ACA news or information.  I was just driving up from an early morning run to town when I thought I'd at least post some pictures from dawns and sunrises that I've take the past couple of months.  Haven't been able to do much since my surgery, but that will soon change as I'm getting pretty doggone mobile, all things considered.

Upon pulling up to park at home, there was a sudden sizable coyote yip-howl way down around the big farm for sale on Mauney Cove Road.  Got out to listen and kept my pups in the car...and then much to my surprise a second large pack started a yip-howl in response, the latter somewhere far to the NW end of ACA or the upper Mauney Cove dead-end area.  I've never heard dual packs going at it here, especially at 1030am...and enough to say to our newer residents/visitors that coyotes are always around, and to just keep a heads up if you have pets that are out and about.

Back to serenity.  Click to enlarge these pics I snapped in early mornings the past couple of months. I have no ACA news to pass along, per paving and otherwise, but when I do I'll post it here.  Hope everyone is having a great summer!


Friday, May 20, 2016


The following is important information from Jeff Hintzman for all ACA residents:

Dates and times for culvert replacement work NEXT WEEK:

The culvert on Burnt Fork Monday 5/23 between 8:00 and 12:00 AM

The culvert on Camry Monday 5/23 between 12:00 and 4:00 PM. 

The culvert at the end of Trambley Dr. will be replaced on Wednesday 5/25 between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM. 

The last culvert at the bottom of the hill will be replaced on Thursday 5/26 between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM.

A sign will be put up at the entrance as well when needed.

KEEP IN MIND this is all "weather permitting."


Monday, May 16, 2016


The board wants to alert ACA residents of upcoming road work, with two projects in particular shutting down Apple Creek Road for 4-6 hours.

At the moment, this work is roughly a week or two away, depending on the weather and the contractor.  For the moment, just planting the knowledge, and when specific dates and times become available, they will be posted here.

We will be replacing  4 culverts in ACA. Two of them will shut down the main road for 4 to 6 hours: the first big culvert at the bottom of the hill, and the culvert at the end of Trambley Dr.  The other two are on Camry and Burnt Fork Trail, These will both be completed in one day, the impact on traffic will be considerably less on the other two. 

Please check back for updates, which will be posted with as much lead time as possible.  Thanks in advance for everyone's cooperation.


Wednesday, May 11, 2016


I got paid a visit by "Bogart" twice last night...luckily he or she didn't make it to my feeders, which I'll start securing each night.  Dick Fields, just below the double hairpins, had a metal feeder demolished and another disappear altogether.  Comes with the territory here, so a word to the wise.

For those not up on the mountain, side roads got scraped and smoothed out last week. Thanks!


Sunday, April 24, 2016


The warmer weather is here to stay, and the greening has long been underway on our mountain.  While the trees are a bit behind, the wildflower profusion is glorious, but I'm afraid with my bum legs right now it's hard to get out my trail into the woods for more and better photographs.  As of early June I'll be Bionic Man with two new full metal knees and able to explore more...they say.  Yay!

Each year I realize I post the same flowers, but this is for those not here right now, as well as any new residents.  I went to shoot some pics of Squirrel Corn at the Big Curve, but wouldn't you know the first pic I tried to take the camera said "battery exhausted".  Grrrrrrr.  So I'll post some others later for those that want to know what they are looking at.

Cut-Leaved Toothwort

Birds Eye Violet

Dwarf Larkspur

FIddlehead Fern

Large Flowering Bellwort

Large Flowering Trillium

Smooth Violet

Star Chickweed

Wake Robin Trillium (white varietal, of course)


Thursday, April 14, 2016


At the base of Staymon you'll see a tan GMC Envoy with a badly cracked windshield, some body damage, and no tag.  It's mine.  Nationwide is sending someone to pick it up today, supposedly, since they totaled it as a result of those high winds two Saturdays ago. (Ah, gotta love the way insurance works...or not.)

But I thought this would be a good time to remind our newer residents that we have what I think is a good community watch program - and it's nothing more than each of us being vigilant when we see things, vehicles, people out of place.  It's always wise to keep a pen and paper handy to write down tag numbers and/or descriptions, time stamps, etc. should you need to contact the sheriff's office, board members, etc.

The Haywood County Sheriff's office makes an effort to pass through every now and then, and were hugely helpful when we had to deal with our infestation of nefarious motorcycle thugs last year.  Keep their number handy and put it in your phone if you haven't already done so:

Haywood Sheriff:  828-452-6666

Looks like we're done with any more freezing temps.  Time to enjoy the greening of our wonderful mountainside!


Thursday, April 7, 2016


Here's the dope on what's ahead:

Any chances for light snow will be Friday night, now, not Thursday night.  Saturday and Sunday mornings will be freezes in the mid 20s, give or take a couple of degrees. Any snow accumulations should be above 3500', and for ACA I'd imagine at worst it would be a dusting on non-road surfaces only.  Both models I use are going 0-1".  I can't imagine there will be any road issues...unless it's downed trees across the road...

More strong winds will move in for about a 60-hour period starting today.  During this time, there will be some periods where winds could gust up to 40mph.  Our protection in ACA is more from S and SW winds, but these will be NW winds and will be felt more.  May your houses and cars not meet my car's fate from the last wind event early Sunday morning.

I'll be away through this period and won't have my computer, but if I see something interesting I'll use my phone and add it to the comments.  Happy Spring, Y'all!