Rusted Rail's Ramblings
Thanks for stopping by my blog.
I plan on using it share my images and also what is going on in my life.
There will also be some pipe smoking content and tobacco reviews from time to time.
I'm looking forward to the holiday season this year. I'm more into Halloween than I've been in years and then we get Thanksgiving and Christmas behind that! One of my favorite parts of Christmas is getting out my Christmas pipes and a tin from my stash of Holiday Spirit from McClelland to smoke with them. It's a nice aromatic that still has some tobacco flavor in it.
I'm a month plus into my daily goal of writing at least 100 words a day. In the first month, I wrote on about 20 days.. which isn't great but also isn't too shabby when you have not been writing at all.
Most of the posts are pretty mundane, dealing with work and various other things in my day-to-day life. No real deep thoughts in there, but it helps as a journal to keep plugging away.
A goal I had when starting this blog, since it was included with my photography account, was to start writing on a more consistent basis.
I recently picked up a short book from one of my favorite bloggers/writers David Kadavy called "100 word writing Habit". He's mentioned the concept for years, but it always seemed a little bit too easy to be effective.
After reading the book cover to cover a couple of times (it's a short read) I've made the decision to try it. Like he mentions in the book, if you write just 100 words a day, over a year that is 36500.
I'll be sharing some of my writing here as it is completed.
You can learn more about David on his website.
Behind the photo - The Norfolk & Western 521
The Norfolk Southern celebrated their 30th Anniversary in style during 2012 as they brought Nickel Plate 765 and the Southern 630 out onto the NS tracks as goodwill ambassadors.
Early morning in Wiliamson, West Virginia and the 765 is bringing its consist to the depot where NS employees and their families will be treated to a ride over the Pocahontas Division. Learn more about this piece of living history.
On the backroads, one of the common sights is the small abandoned country stores which used to stand at many crossroads. Usually in a state of disrepair, they were once the center of community.
The small store served the purpose of Dollar General in being a place that you could get the essentials. Many of them offered credit to their neighbors which would be repaid at harvest time in the fall.
Now they sit mostly abandoned and the locals either drive to the nearest Dollar General or to a WalMart in the next town for their needs.
Even during the high of tourist season in Summer and Fall, visitors can find quiet moments at Mabry Mill before and after hours.
We visited Stumphouse Tunnel here in SC for the first time at the end of June. It's a really cool piece of history, especially for someone who loves railroads as much as I do.
While there I was playing with my R7 inside the tunnel shooting back towards the end.
I got a photo that has something interesting in it that I haven't been able to explain yet.
Let me know what you think it is in the comments.
The 2nd is a cropped in detail of the light in the first one.
Learn more about Stumphouse Tunnel
The North Carolina section of the Blue Ridge Parkway features a number of tunnels between Cherokee and Asheville.
As Spring arrives, I'm looking forward to exploring the BRP again as it is now closer than ever to reach from our home in Greer.
Another monument at the Oconee Hill Cemetery in Athens I really liked was this one holding a sword.
Whenever we visit a historic cemetery, I wonder how many of the monuments and other graves are still visited by family members. In some cemeteries, age has really taken a toll on the monuments aging them to the point where it is almost impossible to read the inscriptions beyond maybe the name, if even that.
I hope that you have been enjoying the shots from the cemeteries which I've collected in a new collection on my webpage which you can visit here.
We visited the Oconee Hill Cemetery in Athens, Georgia this week which is located next to the UGA Campus for the first time in ten years on a beautiful March afternoon.
She is located in the Jewish section of the cemetery.
Athens has a lot of interesting history besides being the home of the University of Georgia.
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