This is YOUR website, you Clingman-Jones folks — read on


(originally posted July 15, 2005 — and everything in that post is still true in 2017)

The site is new. I hope that everyone will try out all the features, poke around, let your fingers and mouse do some walking and give me feedback on places you have problems or questions, ask for help, make suggestions, mention what you like, etc. Continue reading

Two Weeks at Labor Day

Rain and shine. This nice — now almost two weeks’ — stay has been some of each. I arrived on August 29 and it rained sporadically for days and sometimes with a great flourish of heavy rain, thunder and lightning. Since the weekend of the virtual family annual meeting (Sept 5) the weather has been gorgeous with highs in the upper 80’s and 60’s at night.

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2019 Jones Valley October Visit

Hey Cousins, This is not exactly late breaking news, since I’m reporting about my trip to the Valley the previous week, but it was such a good time I needed to pass it along.

The weather was perfect, and the one day it did rain I had plenty to do in the Cabin so it was all good. One thing, when you visit not at Reunion time, you get to see nature’s unexpected beauty with unexpected treats like these flowers around the Cubage Cabin – .”Red Surprise Lily” Continue reading

My first visit to the Valley


(originally posted Jul 15, 2005) (the photo is not on my first visit — It’s me and Jennifer at Fisher Mtn.)

I hope that everyone will reminisce a bit.  It comes more naturally with age, but then so does forgetfulness. If you have fond memories, it might be best to write them down now.

My first trip to Jones Valley was when I was about eight years of age, as I recall. That’s been a while now.  I went with my grandparents, Guilford and Jeannette. My cousin Mike (Michael Merriman) was along and I think his sister Jeannette may also have been but I’m not sure. I do recall distinctly, and with some relief at the time, that my own sister, Janet, was not there. Continue reading