N.C. mountains beckon us for more photos, but farther south

Roving There’s no doubt about it, Mavis and I love the N.C. mountains. Just after spending a week in the higher country mountains of the Boone to West Jefferson area, we returned two weeks later to visit the Black Mountain area as the calling for more photos of the fall coloring...
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A marvelous photographic week despite fall colors not at peak

Roving by Bob Allen (This is the last of five columns about my recent trip to the mountains of North Carolina’s high country around Boone.) Our plans for Friday were for the four of us to start out again with a hearty breakfast at the nearby Grandview Restaurant in Foscoe. We...

Journey to West Jefferson takes us on a curvy, entertaining road

by Bob Allen (This is the third in a series of columns about a recent trip to the mountains.) Our plans for Wednesday were made and we agreed this was the day all four of us would drive to West Jefferson — the place we all had heard much about, but where none of us had been. The...

Trip to mountains worth fighting downpour

by Bob Allen WAKE FOREST — We finally got around to doing something we’ve been wanting to do for a long time — take a week-long fall vacation in the mountains to try and capture photo images in all of its peak fall splendor. But as you may well know, sometimes it can be mighty...

Laughter is sometimes your best medicine, young or old

by Bob Allen I just couldn’t pass up these little rib tickler stories in my friend Jean Boney’s Jottings by Jean column in The Alamance News of Graham a few weeks ago, and sharing them with you: We don’t stop laughing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop laughing! The...

The seven dogs in my lifetime have brought much happiness

Roving by Bob Allen Sometimes I think how interesting it would be to know the population of dogs in Wake Forest, Rolesville, Youngsville, Franklinton and Louisburg — even Raleigh for comparison. If you’re like me, dogs are fascinating like no other household pet. I almost always...
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Feeding more than 1,000 with fish fry meals without a hitch

Roving by Bob Allen Having spent about three hours watching, delivering plates and eating at the Wake Forest United Methodist Church Fish Fry last Friday, I had a first-hand experience in most all aspects of this marvelous event and could see the many people it takes to make it...

Close friend passing away is always a shock

When a close friend passes away, no matter how much you expected it, you always experience a shock. This was the case with me last Thursday when I had a call from my son, Todd, telling me this bad news about Robert Lance (Bob) O’Neal. I have only known Bob for about 15 years, but...

You may be surprised by the versatility of your preacher

It was Jimmy to the rescue! When baking some squash in our kitchen oven last week, I noticed some flames coming from the red-hot bottom cooking unit and I quickly turned off the oven. The small flames stopped, but then I noticed the unit had burned completely into two pieces....

John Wayne brawled his way through more than 200 movies

My column two weeks ago about Bobby Copeland’s B-Western Boot Hill book prompted a response from one of my friends in Warrenton, Wild Bill Brown, who not only has a copy of the treasured book, he also visits The Border Restaurant and gets his hair clipped by Larry at the nearby...

Mountains, Camera Clinic give irresistible calling — Roving, Aug. 22, 2013

There are some things in life we like so much, we want to return to them time and time again. It seems no matter whatever comes along, I have an irresistible compulsion to return to the now 61-year-old annual Grandfather Mountain Camera Clinic near Linville and Boone, about 230...
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Boot Hill western book offers final tribute to cowboy movie stars

WAKE FOREST — If you want to see Jerry Ammon’s face light up, just ask him about cowboys of yesteryear like I did last Thursday at breakfast. Noticing the numerous cowboy pictures displayed on the walls at his Border Restaurant, I asked him who was his favorite cowboy. Without...