The Allegheny National Forest is only a few hours drive northeast of where we live in Pittsburgh PA. It's a large park consisting of 500,000 acres of wonderfully dense forests, rolling hills, clear rivers, and bubbling streams. It's remote location provides cover for a multitude of creatures both large and small. A good place to accidentally run into Bigfoot.
Some hiker a few weeks ago claims he did just that in a wooded area outside the parks boundary and he has the pictures to prove it. He's not alone. People have been thinking there are Bigfoot in north central Pennsylvania for years. Here's a report on this most recent sighting.
What do you think? Are you convinced? Or is your brain too slogged with tryptophan from leftover turkey to move:)
Did you see this amazing tribute to this week's 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address? These guys are amazing! Enjoy. :)
Hello, friends! Well, we missed blog day last week but we had a good excuse. It's birthday season here at chez Foley. First, Gael's dad on the 7th, the same day as our mega-awesome niece Deidre, then Gael's b-day on Nov. 16th (fyi she will carry on her tradition of remaining 29 until further notice), and finally, fluff-ball Bingley has his birthday on the 23rd, three weekends in a row. With Thanksgiving right on birthday season's heels, and the wonderful kickoff of the merriest pre-holiday excitement. (And the upcoming release of JAKE AND THE GINGERBREAD WARS, a Gryphon Chronicles Novella. Exact release date TBA.)
Anyway, Gael's dad had a major milestone birthday, so we gave him a major milestone birthday party. Dad loves sailing, so G. picked a cake for him with a seafaring theme. Those little fish swimming around all around in the "water" are actually S'mores flavored Goldfish. As for the boat, E. is our in-house Noah. It's an origami creation made of brown construction paper, a wooden shish kebab skewer for the mast (which also helped to pin it to the top of the cake), and white paper for the sail. We found the pattern for it on the website of one of G's heroes: Martha Stewart (yeah, seriously). If you ever need to make an origami sailboat look no further. (Fashion tip: it doubles as a paper hat if you turn it upside down and put it on your head. Just sayin'.
Much of the story in our new book, THE DARK PORTAL, takes place underground. This was a challenge in a number of ways. But unlike Jake with his mild case of claustrophobia, we LOVE going into caves and underground tunnels, so you can imagine how thrilled and inspired we were to find an outdoor adventure company in Snowdonia, right where THE DARK PORTAL takes place. These folks are not dwarves, but they do take people on underground tours of old Welsh mines!
If you want to get the flavor of what Jake's mine tour with the dwarves and his foray into the coalmine would have felt like, run-don't-walk your clicker over to the website of Go Below Underground Adventures and check out the dramatic pictures. If you live in or near Wales, you should go! We'll be jealous.
But lest you think that's all we have for you today, nay nay! Here is a video by Paul Hawkins of his explorations around an abandoned goldmine in North Wales. Very mysterious! I'd also call your attention to the very lush, green, and mossy woodland setting. Magic in those woods for sure. :)
But wait, there's more. We wouldn't leave you hanging. You want to see inside! Well, Emrys was busy at Waterfall Village, so we brought in these guys to lead you on a tour into a different abandoned gold mine in Wales. (Video copyright credit @ A n00b Production.)
Well, after all that traipsing around in the cold and damp, I'm sure you're ready for some of Snowdrop Fingle's warm bannocks and tea. No problem! I've got an authentic Welsh recipe for bannocks that I will share with you in an upcoming post. :)