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My favorite European Masterpieces from the Met

Garden at Sainte-Adresse, Claude Monet, 1867; Monet used his father (seated with hat) and other relatives as models here; this is one of my favorite Monet works and was shown at the Fourth Impressionist Exhibition in 1879

Garden at Sainte-Adresse, Claude Monet, 1867; Monet used his father (seated with hat) and other relatives as models here; this is one of my favorite Monet works and was shown at the Fourth Impressionist Exhibition in 1879

The Town Beach, Collioure, Opus 165, Paul Signac, 1887; beginning in 1886, Signac worked in the Neo-Impressionist style, layering dots and dashes of paint to create optical colored effects depending on the viewers' distance from the painting

The Town Beach, Collioure, Opus 165, Paul Signac, 1887; beginning in 1886, Signac worked in the Neo-Impressionist style, layering dots and dashes of paint to create optical colored effects depending on the viewers' distance from the painting

The Three Sisters, Leon Frederic, 1896; in the 1890s Frederic's paintings of impoverished workers and peasants in his native Belgium were celebrated for their forthrightness and arresting intensity

The Three Sisters, Leon Frederic, 1896; in the 1890s Frederic's paintings of impoverished workers and peasants in his native Belgium were celebrated for their forthrightness and arresting intensity

Gray Weather, Grande Jatte, Georges Seurat, ca. 1886-88; Seurat is one my all-time favorites but I think he erred by adding the painted border shortly before this work was first exhibited in 1889

Gray Weather, Grande Jatte, Georges Seurat, ca. 1886-88; Seurat is one my all-time favorites but I think he erred by adding the painted border shortly before this work was first exhibited in 1889

A Woman Seated beside a Vase of Flowers, Edgar Degas, 1865; I prefer this work to Degas' more famous paintings and sculptures, primarily of ballet dancers

A Woman Seated beside a Vase of Flowers, Edgar Degas, 1865; I prefer this work to Degas' more famous paintings and sculptures, primarily of ballet dancers

Portrait of a Man in a Red Cap, Hans Holbein the Younger, 1532-35; the young sitter was a court official with King Henry VIII; the portrait, which is in excellent condition, probably had a protective painted lid at some point

Portrait of a Man in a Red Cap, Hans Holbein the Younger, 1532-35; the young sitter was a court official with King Henry VIII; the portrait, which is in excellent condition, probably had a protective painted lid at some point

Haystacks: Autumn, Jean-Francois Millet, ca. 1874; this work is from a series depicting the four seasons commissioned by industrialist Frederic Hartmann; it precedes the more famous Impressionist haystack series by Monet by almost 20 years

Haystacks: Autumn, Jean-Francois Millet, ca. 1874; this work is from a series depicting the four seasons commissioned by industrialist Frederic Hartmann; it precedes the more famous Impressionist haystack series by Monet by almost 20 years

Copenhagen Harbor by Moonlight, Johan Christian Dahl, 1846; Dahl is considered the first great romantic painter in Norway, the founder of the golden age of Norwegian painting, and, by some, one of the greatest European artists of all time

Copenhagen Harbor by Moonlight, Johan Christian Dahl, 1846; Dahl is considered the first great romantic painter in Norway, the founder of the golden age of Norwegian painting, and, by some, one of the greatest European artists of all time

Haystacks (Effects of Snow and Sun), Claude Monet, 1891; Haystacks was the first group of paintings Monet exhibited as a series; 30  paintings of haystacks were done at a field near his Giverny home

Haystacks (Effects of Snow and Sun), Claude Monet, 1891; Haystacks was the first group of paintings Monet exhibited as a series; 30+ paintings of haystacks were done at a field near his Giverny home

Morning: An Overcast Day, Rouen, Camille Pissarro, 1896; born on St. Thomas, Pissarro studied from great forerunners, including Courbet and Corot and later studied and worked alongside Seurat and Signac when he took on the Neo-Impressionist style

Morning: An Overcast Day, Rouen, Camille Pissarro, 1896; born on St. Thomas, Pissarro studied from great forerunners, including Courbet and Corot and later studied and worked alongside Seurat and Signac when he took on the Neo-Impressionist style

Wheat Field with Cypresses, Vincent van Gogh, 1889; Van Gogh regarded this work as one of his best summer landscapes; this painting was purchased by the Met in 1993 for $57 million

Wheat Field with Cypresses, Vincent van Gogh, 1889; Van Gogh regarded this work as one of his best summer landscapes; this painting was purchased by the Met in 1993 for $57 million

Still Life with Peaches, Auguste Renoir, 1881; reviewers of the 1882 Impressionist exhibition were dazzled by this still life whose velvety execution verges on a trompe l'oeil

Still Life with Peaches, Auguste Renoir, 1881; reviewers of the 1882 Impressionist exhibition were dazzled by this still life whose velvety execution verges on a trompe l'oeil

Saint Jerome as Scholar, El Greco, ca. 1610; El Greco executed at least five paintings of Saint Jerome; the painting is notable for the novel way in which the artist synthesized the two aspects of Saint Jerome, the scholarly and the ascetic

Saint Jerome as Scholar, El Greco, ca. 1610; El Greco executed at least five paintings of Saint Jerome; the painting is notable for the novel way in which the artist synthesized the two aspects of Saint Jerome, the scholarly and the ascetic

The Harvest, Pontoise, Camille Pissarro, 1881; the theme of potato gathering appears in Pissarro's work over a 30 year period borrowing a subject from the great Barbizon painter Camille Corot

The Harvest, Pontoise, Camille Pissarro, 1881; the theme of potato gathering appears in Pissarro's work over a 30 year period borrowing a subject from the great Barbizon painter Camille Corot

Bouquet of Chrysanthemums, Auguste Renoir, 1881; Renoir felt that he had greater freedom to experiment in still lifes than in figure paintings; ironically, Renoir sustained himself financially as a portrait painter

Bouquet of Chrysanthemums, Auguste Renoir, 1881; Renoir felt that he had greater freedom to experiment in still lifes than in figure paintings; ironically, Renoir sustained himself financially as a portrait painter

Houses on the Achterzaan, Claude Monet, 1871; using a limited palette of varying shades of green, Monet has captured the hazy atmosphere and light-dappled water of this picturesque Dutch port

Houses on the Achterzaan, Claude Monet, 1871; using a limited palette of varying shades of green, Monet has captured the hazy atmosphere and light-dappled water of this picturesque Dutch port

Evening Calm, Concarneau, Opus 220, Paul Signac, 1891; as Seurat's most ardent follower, Signac steadfastly promoted the principles of Neo-Impressionism all his life, a technique he said evoked brilliantly colored lights

Evening Calm, Concarneau, Opus 220, Paul Signac, 1891; as Seurat's most ardent follower, Signac steadfastly promoted the principles of Neo-Impressionism all his life, a technique he said evoked brilliantly colored lights

Two Young Girls at the Piano, Auguste Renoir, 1892; Renoir was invited by the French government to execute a painting for a new museum of contemporary art in Paris, the Musee de Luxembourg; he took extraordinary care on this work, his submission

Two Young Girls at the Piano, Auguste Renoir, 1892; Renoir was invited by the French government to execute a painting for a new museum of contemporary art in Paris, the Musee de Luxembourg; he took extraordinary care on this work, his submission

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Fun day trip to Useppa Island, FL with Houston friends

The cruise to Useppa leaves from Captiva Island, taking about an hour each way; the 10 am - 3 pm journey costs $45 per person plus $5 for parking and, with this group, was lots of fun

The cruise to Useppa leaves from Captiva Island, taking about an hour each way; the 10 am - 3 pm journey costs $45 per person plus $5 for parking and, with this group, was lots of fun

The guys look tiny under this huge banyan tree; Useppa Island is 1 mile long north to south, and up to 1⁄2 mile wide with a ridge up to 40 ft high in the middle of the island along the western side

The guys look tiny under this huge banyan tree; Useppa Island is 1 mile long north to south, and up to 1⁄2 mile wide with a ridge up to 40 ft high in the middle of the island along the western side

Chicago businessman John Roach built a hotel on Useppa in 1896; Barron Collier bought the island in 1911, and developed the resort, adding tennis courts and a 9-hole golf course; Collier made it his residence, from which he directed his real estate empire

Chicago businessman John Roach built a hotel on Useppa in 1896; Barron Collier bought the island in 1911, and developed the resort, adding tennis courts and a 9-hole golf course; Collier made it his residence, from which he directed his real estate empire

The island homes were not ostentatious by today's standards but probably still plenty expensive; our group did manage to play pickleball a couple of times during our visit to Cape Coral

The island homes were not ostentatious by today's standards but probably still plenty expensive; our group did manage to play pickleball a couple of times during our visit to Cape Coral

Useppa has an old Florida feel with a lush landscape and nary a Black family for miles; the island has a couple dozen very nice waterfront homes but you'll need a boat to get here (or take the cruise from Captiva like we did)

Useppa has an old Florida feel with a lush landscape and nary a Black family for miles; the island has a couple dozen very nice waterfront homes but you'll need a boat to get here (or take the cruise from Captiva like we did)

The Collier Inn was rebuilt after Hurricane Charley and offers rooms for those wishing to stay longer than just a day trip; the guys enjoyed their lunch in the dining room here (the outdoor patio was reserved for members only)

The Collier Inn was rebuilt after Hurricane Charley and offers rooms for those wishing to stay longer than just a day trip; the guys enjoyed their lunch in the dining room here (the outdoor patio was reserved for members only)

This Collier Inn registration book was among the items displayed at the Useppa Island Museum; Barron Collier, Useppa owner from 1911 to 1939, eventually developed much of Southwest Florida, and built the famous Tamiami Trail highway between Tampa and Miami

This Collier Inn registration book was among the items displayed at the Useppa Island Museum; Barron Collier, Useppa owner from 1911 to 1939, eventually developed much of Southwest Florida, and built the famous Tamiami Trail highway between Tampa and Miami

The cruise stops at Cabbage Key which has a few vacation home rentals; the big attraction is the Dollar Bill Bar (tens of thousands are taped to the walls) which has seen Ernest Hemingway, Katharine Hepburn, Jimmy Buffett, Rob Lowe and Julia Roberts visit

The cruise stops at Cabbage Key which has a few vacation home rentals; the big attraction is the Dollar Bill Bar (tens of thousands are taped to the walls) which has seen Ernest Hemingway, Katharine Hepburn, Jimmy Buffett, Rob Lowe and Julia Roberts visit

Cabbage Key was purchased in 1976 by Robert Wells, the Director of Admissions at High Point (NC) College, and his wife Phyllis; their family still owns 97% of the island with the couple's two sons and their families running the inn and bar

Cabbage Key was purchased in 1976 by Robert Wells, the Director of Admissions at High Point (NC) College, and his wife Phyllis; their family still owns 97% of the island with the couple's two sons and their families running the inn and bar

A pod of dolphins provided entertainment en route to Useppa; the island is located near the northern end of Pine Island Sound and just a few miles from Cape Coral as the crow flies (travel time by car to the Captiva dock was well over an hour each way)

A pod of dolphins provided entertainment en route to Useppa; the island is located near the northern end of Pine Island Sound and just a few miles from Cape Coral as the crow flies (travel time by car to the Captiva dock was well over an hour each way)

President Hoover introduced Mary Roberts Rinehart to Useppa in 1929; America's version of Agatha Christie, she vacationed here and was the nation's best selling author in the 40s   50s, and famously wrote about having breast cancer in the Ladies Home Journal

President Hoover introduced Mary Roberts Rinehart to Useppa in 1929; America's version of Agatha Christie, she vacationed here and was the nation's best selling author in the 40s + 50s, and famously wrote about having breast cancer in the Ladies Home Journal

Manatees at the Captiva dock; 1100  manatees died in 2021, that's about one-sixth of the entire manatee population in the SE US; harmful algae blooms have killed 95 % of the seagrass in the Indian River Lagoon which has contributed to manatee starvation

Manatees at the Captiva dock; 1100+ manatees died in 2021, that's about one-sixth of the entire manatee population in the SE US; harmful algae blooms have killed 95+% of the seagrass in the Indian River Lagoon which has contributed to manatee starvation

On August 13, 2004, Hurricane Charley, a category 4 storm with 175 mph winds, came ashore at Useppa resulting in 62 homes with major damage, 13 days without electricity and a month-long boil water notice

On August 13, 2004, Hurricane Charley, a category 4 storm with 175 mph winds, came ashore at Useppa resulting in 62 homes with major damage, 13 days without electricity and a month-long boil water notice

The new Collier Inn re-opened one year after Hurricane Charley; most island homes were repaired within 2 yrs with 2400  new trees planted; Charley caused 29 deaths in FL and $15  billion in damage

The new Collier Inn re-opened one year after Hurricane Charley; most island homes were repaired within 2 yrs with 2400+ new trees planted; Charley caused 29 deaths in FL and $15+ billion in damage

Cape Coral has the distinction of having the largest population of the Florida species of the burrowing owl with 1000  nesting pairs; they are nocturnal so during the day this one made his home at Bernie and Chuck's

Cape Coral has the distinction of having the largest population of the Florida species of the burrowing owl with 1000+ nesting pairs; they are nocturnal so during the day this one made his home at Bernie and Chuck's

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Birmingham Museum of Art favorites, pt 1

Looking Down Yosemite Valley, Albert Bierstadt, 1865; this work was chosen by the National Endowment for the Humanities as 1 of 40 American masterpieces that best depict the people, places, and events that have shaped America and tell its story

Looking Down Yosemite Valley, Albert Bierstadt, 1865; this work was chosen by the National Endowment for the Humanities as 1 of 40 American masterpieces that best depict the people, places, and events that have shaped America and tell its story

View of the Grand Canal, Canaletto, late 1720s; Canaletto created 100  paintings of the Grand Canal alone since they were highly sought after by wealthy 18th century travelers often taking lengthy Grand Tours of Europe

View of the Grand Canal, Canaletto, late 1720s; Canaletto created 100+ paintings of the Grand Canal alone since they were highly sought after by wealthy 18th century travelers often taking lengthy Grand Tours of Europe

Bowl, Chinese Ming Dynasty, ca. 1625; the Museum's collection of Asian art is considered the finest and most comprehensive in the SE, and its collection of Vietnamese ceramics also one of the finest  in the US

Bowl, Chinese Ming Dynasty, ca. 1625; the Museum's collection of Asian art is considered the finest and most comprehensive in the SE, and its collection of Vietnamese ceramics also one of the finest in the US

Still Life with Male Figure, Juriaen van Streek, ca. 1680; depictions of Blacks from this period are rare and no info exists as to who this man is; the Dutch were involved in the slave trade but this man is dressed in fine clothes, so who is he?

Still Life with Male Figure, Juriaen van Streek, ca. 1680; depictions of Blacks from this period are rare and no info exists as to who this man is; the Dutch were involved in the slave trade but this man is dressed in fine clothes, so who is he?

Tulip Vase, Adriaen Kocks (Delft), ca. 1693; tulips came to the Netherlands from Turkey and, once it was determined they could withstand the harsh weather, became a status symbol and thus a coveted luxury item

Tulip Vase, Adriaen Kocks (Delft), ca. 1693; tulips came to the Netherlands from Turkey and, once it was determined they could withstand the harsh weather, became a status symbol and thus a coveted luxury item

English Chest, ca. 1640; made from oak, walnut, rosewood and ebonized wood with bone and mother-of-pearl inlay, I wonder who ordered this beautiful piece and where its travelled over the last 400 years

English Chest, ca. 1640; made from oak, walnut, rosewood and ebonized wood with bone and mother-of-pearl inlay, I wonder who ordered this beautiful piece and where its travelled over the last 400 years

Fruit Still Life, Severin Roesen, ca. 1865; a German immigrant, Roesen started as a porcelain painter where he learned to apply the paint thinly; among his largely German patrons in PA, his bright compositions reflected their mid-century optimism

Fruit Still Life, Severin Roesen, ca. 1865; a German immigrant, Roesen started as a porcelain painter where he learned to apply the paint thinly; among his largely German patrons in PA, his bright compositions reflected their mid-century optimism

A Tender Chord, Francis Davis Millet, ca. 1888; Millet was close friends with Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Mark Twain, both of whom attended his wedding in Paris (Twain was Millet's best man); Millet was a passenger on the Titanic and died when it sank

A Tender Chord, Francis Davis Millet, ca. 1888; Millet was close friends with Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Mark Twain, both of whom attended his wedding in Paris (Twain was Millet's best man); Millet was a passenger on the Titanic and died when it sank

Portrait of Lady Helen Vincent, Viscountess d’Abernon, John Singer Sargent, 1904; Sargent elongates Lady Helen’s limbs, underscoring her gracefulness, while the black dress emphasizes her milk-white skin, a sign of her nobility

Portrait of Lady Helen Vincent, Viscountess d’Abernon, John Singer Sargent, 1904; Sargent elongates Lady Helen’s limbs, underscoring her gracefulness, while the black dress emphasizes her milk-white skin, a sign of her nobility

The Village of Eragny, Camille Pissarro, 1885; influenced early by Corot, then Courbet, Pissarro became a pioneer of the Impressionist Movement; in the 1870s, he and Monet worked together closely and drew inspiration from each other

The Village of Eragny, Camille Pissarro, 1885; influenced early by Corot, then Courbet, Pissarro became a pioneer of the Impressionist Movement; in the 1870s, he and Monet worked together closely and drew inspiration from each other

Memories of the Coast of France, George Copeland Ault, 1944; this surreal painting is a reaction to the German occupation of the beaches of Ault's childhood; he also fills the eerie canvas with a sense of isolation and sadness

Memories of the Coast of France, George Copeland Ault, 1944; this surreal painting is a reaction to the German occupation of the beaches of Ault's childhood; he also fills the eerie canvas with a sense of isolation and sadness

Vase, Rene Lalique, ca. 1925; from a population of 340,887 in 1960, Birmingham has seen a steady decline to only 200,733 in 2020 as a result of white flight with the surrounding suburbs, outside the city limits, experiencing tremendous growth

Vase, Rene Lalique, ca. 1925; from a population of 340,887 in 1960, Birmingham has seen a steady decline to only 200,733 in 2020 as a result of white flight with the surrounding suburbs, outside the city limits, experiencing tremendous growth

Moonlight in Virginia, George Inness, 1884; while this work emphasizes unity between land and people, it also reflects the somber mood of a country trying to heal from the destruction of the Civil War

Moonlight in Virginia, George Inness, 1884; while this work emphasizes unity between land and people, it also reflects the somber mood of a country trying to heal from the destruction of the Civil War

Pair of Vases, Henry Hollins, Minton, 1882; painted in a style copied directly from Limoges enamals of the 16th century, these vases resulted from new consumer tastes based on styles seen at the earliest World's Fairs

Pair of Vases, Henry Hollins, Minton, 1882; painted in a style copied directly from Limoges enamals of the 16th century, these vases resulted from new consumer tastes based on styles seen at the earliest World's Fairs

Reclining Nude, Fernando Botero, 1984; having recently visited Botero's homeland of Colombia as well as his art museum, I had to include this as the only representative of the Museum's sculpture garden

Reclining Nude, Fernando Botero, 1984; having recently visited Botero's homeland of Colombia as well as his art museum, I had to include this as the only representative of the Museum's sculpture garden

Krater Vase with Two Fitments, Wedgwood, ca. 1820; luster decoration, a thin film of metal on the surface of the glaze, began at Wedgwood in 1805; gold was used for the pink, platinum produced the gray and iron gave the color orange

Krater Vase with Two Fitments, Wedgwood, ca. 1820; luster decoration, a thin film of metal on the surface of the glaze, began at Wedgwood in 1805; gold was used for the pink, platinum produced the gray and iron gave the color orange

Cabinet, Japanese (Meiji Period), ca. 1890; a tour-de-force of Japanese craftsmanship, these large, complex cabinets were much sought after among high society in Europe and the US to display Asian collectables

Cabinet, Japanese (Meiji Period), ca. 1890; a tour-de-force of Japanese craftsmanship, these large, complex cabinets were much sought after among high society in Europe and the US to display Asian collectables

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Rag Mountain is best hike in VA's Shenandoah National Park

I was very happy to complete the 10 mile hike up and down Rag Mountain with no major problems; AllTrails rated the hike as hard (I would agree because of the bouldering section) with hikers scoring it an overall 4.8 out of 5 for quality of the experience

I was very happy to complete the 10 mile hike up and down Rag Mountain with no major problems; AllTrails rated the hike as hard (I would agree because of the bouldering section) with hikers scoring it an overall 4.8 out of 5 for quality of the experience

I wanted to tackle the hike, with its 2700 feet of elevation gain, to gauge my fitness before hiking Mt. Olympus in Greece this summer on a tour; the week after climbing Rag Mountain my Greece tour got cancelled but I had still planned to go to visit Meteora before my mom got sick

I wanted to tackle the hike, with its 2700 feet of elevation gain, to gauge my fitness before hiking Mt. Olympus in Greece this summer on a tour; the week after climbing Rag Mountain my Greece tour got cancelled but I had still planned to go to visit Meteora before my mom got sick

The gravity-defying boulder formations on the hike were ridiculous; the Blue Ridge Parkway, America's longest linear park, runs 469 miles linking Shenandoah National Park with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The gravity-defying boulder formations on the hike were ridiculous; the Blue Ridge Parkway, America's longest linear park, runs 469 miles linking Shenandoah National Park with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

There were some tight squeezes and a long section of bouldering that required lots of creativity given my limitations; it was below freezing too so I only saw 4 other people the entire hike and 3 were having lunch at the top

There were some tight squeezes and a long section of bouldering that required lots of creativity given my limitations; it was below freezing too so I only saw 4 other people the entire hike and 3 were having lunch at the top

There were arrows marking the route most of the time but I did rely on the AllTrails app in places when I wasn't sure; the hike is rated second best thing to do in Shenandoah National Park after Skyline Drive on TripAdvisor

There were arrows marking the route most of the time but I did rely on the AllTrails app in places when I wasn't sure; the hike is rated second best thing to do in Shenandoah National Park after Skyline Drive on TripAdvisor

Because of its popularity, the National Park Service has instituted a new policy that requires Rag Mountain hikers to get a permit ahead of time (it only costs $1); this can be done online but not in the park since there is no cell service there

Because of its popularity, the National Park Service has instituted a new policy that requires Rag Mountain hikers to get a permit ahead of time (it only costs $1); this can be done online but not in the park since there is no cell service there

In addition to the hiking permit, you had to pay to enter Shenandoah National Park which is $30 per car although I have an annual pass; elderly and disabled people who owned property here when the park was established were allowed to live in the park until they died with the last person dying in 1979

In addition to the hiking permit, you had to pay to enter Shenandoah National Park which is $30 per car although I have an annual pass; elderly and disabled people who owned property here when the park was established were allowed to live in the park until they died with the last person dying in 1979

Some of the rocks exposed in Shenandoah National Park are more than one billion years old, making them among the oldest in VA; bedrock in the Park includes Grenville-age granitic basement rocks (1.2–1.0 billion years old)

Some of the rocks exposed in Shenandoah National Park are more than one billion years old, making them among the oldest in VA; bedrock in the Park includes Grenville-age granitic basement rocks (1.2–1.0 billion years old)

There was no identifiable peak to Rag Mountain but there were several boulders like this one that could have been the highest point; FDR formally opened Shenandoah National Park on July 3, 1936

There was no identifiable peak to Rag Mountain but there were several boulders like this one that could have been the highest point; FDR formally opened Shenandoah National Park on July 3, 1936

President Hoover built Rapidan Camp (the precursor to Camp David) in what is now Shenandoah National Park with it later becoming a Boy Scout camp and federal retreat with the camp now open to the public

President Hoover built Rapidan Camp (the precursor to Camp David) in what is now Shenandoah National Park with it later becoming a Boy Scout camp and federal retreat with the camp now open to the public

It definitely would have been easier to do the hike with someone else since there were places a boost or hand to assist would have been helpful; I've been wearing a posture vest to hopefully reduce the back pain I experience when doing much walking and it seems to help

It definitely would have been easier to do the hike with someone else since there were places a boost or hand to assist would have been helpful; I've been wearing a posture vest to hopefully reduce the back pain I experience when doing much walking and it seems to help

I didn't expect ice on a mid-March hike in the VA mountains; the nearest town to Rag Mountain is Culpeper which is about 30 minutes from the trailhead or Charlottesville, with more to see and do, a little more than an hour away

I didn't expect ice on a mid-March hike in the VA mountains; the nearest town to Rag Mountain is Culpeper which is about 30 minutes from the trailhead or Charlottesville, with more to see and do, a little more than an hour away

The hike is best done as a clockwise loop so you tackle the bouldering on the way up and descend along hiking trails and fire roads; the National Park Service even has rangers checking names off at the end to ensure no one is left on the mountain

The hike is best done as a clockwise loop so you tackle the bouldering on the way up and descend along hiking trails and fire roads; the National Park Service even has rangers checking names off at the end to ensure no one is left on the mountain

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Chattanooga's Hunter Museum of American Art Favorites, pt 1

The 1904 Faxton-Thomas mansion, designed by President Garfield's son, has housed the Hunter Museum since it opened in 1952; the Museum is named after George Hunter, who inherited the Chattanooga Coca-Cola Bottling empire from his uncle, Benjamin Thomas

The 1904 Faxton-Thomas mansion, designed by President Garfield's son, has housed the Hunter Museum since it opened in 1952; the Museum is named after George Hunter, who inherited the Chattanooga Coca-Cola Bottling empire from his uncle, Benjamin Thomas

Couple on Two Benches, George Segal, 1985; overlooking the Tennessee River, this sculpture captures art collectors Dave and Sandy Bakalar in an intimate and pensive moment; with his work, Segal tries to convey a celebration of American life

Couple on Two Benches, George Segal, 1985; overlooking the Tennessee River, this sculpture captures art collectors Dave and Sandy Bakalar in an intimate and pensive moment; with his work, Segal tries to convey a celebration of American life

The Croquet Game, William Merritt Chase, 1889; Chase is considered one of the leading figures in American art in the late 19th century; while croquet had been reserved for outdoors among the upper-class, here Chase depicts the new game of parlor croquet

The Croquet Game, William Merritt Chase, 1889; Chase is considered one of the leading figures in American art in the late 19th century; while croquet had been reserved for outdoors among the upper-class, here Chase depicts the new game of parlor croquet

Reading, Childe Hassam, 1888; Hassam's garden paintings, while seeming to depict scenes of everyday suburban life for Victorian era Americans, also conveyed the feminine ideals of passivity, ornamentality and moral purity

Reading, Childe Hassam, 1888; Hassam's garden paintings, while seeming to depict scenes of everyday suburban life for Victorian era Americans, also conveyed the feminine ideals of passivity, ornamentality and moral purity

These pieces are all from Rookwood Pottery dating from the late 1800s and early 1900s; the Museum recognized Rookwood, founded by Maria Longworth Nichols Storer, for its early efforts to pioneer the professional artistic accomplishments of women

These pieces are all from Rookwood Pottery dating from the late 1800s and early 1900s; the Museum recognized Rookwood, founded by Maria Longworth Nichols Storer, for its early efforts to pioneer the professional artistic accomplishments of women

Form and Light, Motif in West New Jersey, Oscar Bluemner, 1914; this German-immigrant met Alfred Stieglitz (Georgia O'Keefee's husband) in 1908 who introduced him to the artistic innovations of the European and American avant-garde

Form and Light, Motif in West New Jersey, Oscar Bluemner, 1914; this German-immigrant met Alfred Stieglitz (Georgia O'Keefee's husband) in 1908 who introduced him to the artistic innovations of the European and American avant-garde

Shopper in Red Hat, Guy Pene du Bois, 1939; famous people from Chattanooga: Samuel L. Jackson, Pat Robertson, Roscoe Tanner, Ted Turner, Bessie Smith, Jon Meacham,  Adolph S. Ochs, Jim Nabors, Terrell Owens, Bob Corker, Estes Kefauver, and Reggie White

Shopper in Red Hat, Guy Pene du Bois, 1939; famous people from Chattanooga: Samuel L. Jackson, Pat Robertson, Roscoe Tanner, Ted Turner, Bessie Smith, Jon Meacham, Adolph S. Ochs, Jim Nabors, Terrell Owens, Bob Corker, Estes Kefauver, and Reggie White

Main Street Mansion, Grant Wood, ca. 1936-37; this is an illustration for Main Street, a satirical novel by Sinclair Lewis (the Jungle is a great read!); Main Street examines the lives of the narrow-minded inhabitants of a fictional Minnesota town

Main Street Mansion, Grant Wood, ca. 1936-37; this is an illustration for Main Street, a satirical novel by Sinclair Lewis (the Jungle is a great read!); Main Street examines the lives of the narrow-minded inhabitants of a fictional Minnesota town

Gray and Gold - The Golden Bay, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, 1900; Chattanooga is home to UNUM, a Fortune 500 insurance company; UNUM was Compaq's disability insurer when I was injured and the experience dealing with them for decades has been horrendous

Gray and Gold - The Golden Bay, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, 1900; Chattanooga is home to UNUM, a Fortune 500 insurance company; UNUM was Compaq's disability insurer when I was injured and the experience dealing with them for decades has been horrendous

Dutch Still Life with Art Books and Field Guide to Western Birds, Paul J. Wonner, 1982; Volkswagon opened an assembly plant in Chattanooga in 2011 adding thousands of jobs and recently announced an expansion to produce their electric vehicles here too

Dutch Still Life with Art Books and Field Guide to Western Birds, Paul J. Wonner, 1982; Volkswagon opened an assembly plant in Chattanooga in 2011 adding thousands of jobs and recently announced an expansion to produce their electric vehicles here too

Torrid Lascivious Gasp, Stephen Rolfe Powell, 2001; what a title!; Powell's colorfully patterned vessels draw upon ancient Venetian glass blowing techniques, but the scale and the innovations required to achieve it are uniquely American

Torrid Lascivious Gasp, Stephen Rolfe Powell, 2001; what a title!; Powell's colorfully patterned vessels draw upon ancient Venetian glass blowing techniques, but the scale and the innovations required to achieve it are uniquely American

Whopper Vase, Dante Marioni, 1996; Chattanooga is best known from the 1941 song 'Chattanooga Choo Choo' by Glenn Miller and his orchestra; Terminal Station was one of the city's first historic preservation projects and now anchors an entertainment district

Whopper Vase, Dante Marioni, 1996; Chattanooga is best known from the 1941 song 'Chattanooga Choo Choo' by Glenn Miller and his orchestra; Terminal Station was one of the city's first historic preservation projects and now anchors an entertainment district

Actress in Red Before Mirror, Everett Shinn, ca. 1910; this pastel portrays an intimate behind-the-scenes view whereas most of his works show performers on stage; Shinn was also an actor, playwright, art film director and illustrator of circus posters

Actress in Red Before Mirror, Everett Shinn, ca. 1910; this pastel portrays an intimate behind-the-scenes view whereas most of his works show performers on stage; Shinn was also an actor, playwright, art film director and illustrator of circus posters

The Symbol of Spring, Edmund C. Tarbell, ca. 1900; in this  pastel drawing, the young woman who personifies Spring embodies certain abstract ideals, a theme very popular in the late 19th century

The Symbol of Spring, Edmund C. Tarbell, ca. 1900; in this pastel drawing, the young woman who personifies Spring embodies certain abstract ideals, a theme very popular in the late 19th century

Venetian Scene, A. Bolpini, ca. 1860-80; during the 19th century, Venice was one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, attracting up to 30,000 tourists a day; many of the American visitors wanted to buy works like this as a souvenir

Venetian Scene, A. Bolpini, ca. 1860-80; during the 19th century, Venice was one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, attracting up to 30,000 tourists a day; many of the American visitors wanted to buy works like this as a souvenir

Stone Vessel, Curtiss R. Brock, 1990; this piece is impressive because it looks like pottery but is actually blown glass; Chattanooga had a 2020 population of 181,099 making it Tennessee's fourth largest city

Stone Vessel, Curtiss R. Brock, 1990; this piece is impressive because it looks like pottery but is actually blown glass; Chattanooga had a 2020 population of 181,099 making it Tennessee's fourth largest city

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