Clemson vs Wofford

I was super excited to be able to shoot the Clemson vs Wofford game on Sat 09/05/15.  In fact, I was so excited I couldn’t sleep at all the night before.  I have to laugh at myself for getting so nervous, but it’s true those butterflies still flutter in my tummy. It was a beautiful, sweltering SC day to have the opening season game.  The pending rain was kind enough to wait until after the game was over. After I set myself up in the dungeon of a media room and got over my camera and lens envy, (more…)

Downtime in the Smoky’s

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. As longs as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.”
― Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl (more…)


USC Game, What Fun


Last night I had the privilege to shoot at the USC vs UT game.  It was so much fun being in a stadium full of crazy fans supporting their team. Just the cheering alone sent chills down my spine.  It often fascinates me that a group of people can united in one effort and cause so much energy.

Lawrdy, the media room was like being in  a china store when I was little and my mom would say, “don’t touch anything, only look.” I had to fight the urge to grab ahold of those 600mm lenses and Pro cameras and just play with them. (more…)


Head to Head Complete

First of all, let me just start off by saying thank you to all who supported, helped and encouraged me along the whole 550 miles of my trip.  I really appreciated the text messages, the IM’s and just reaching out to me to let me know you were thinking of me.  It made those long days of riding a little bit easier.  It has been nice to have a few days home recouping from my trip.  All parts of my body are feeling better especially my buttocks. My bruises are darkening into a nice deep purple color from Monday’s wreck. The welts from the  hives went away yesterday only leaving a little itch and red spots, and my fingers are slowly getting their feeling back into them.  So all is going well.  I can’t say the same for my bike though. My poor Cannondale probably has seen her last mile in Hilton Head.  The stick that got lodged in-between the wheel and her frame, unfortunately, ended up cracking and denting her.   (more…)


Ending With a Bang Day 9

Did you know that morning traffic in Charleston starts way before 6:30 am and the sun doesn’t come up until 7:20 am.  That left me with a choice of getting up at 5 and riding in the dark or sucking up traffic a little bit before sunrise.  I chose to suck up traffic at 6:30.  However, it was so foggy that even though the city lights were enough to light my way, I was really concerned about other people seeing little ol’ me riding a bike with a little tail light. (more…)


Bridge Day day 8

Yesterday was a perfect day spending it with my son and family and friends at the Citadel for Parent’s Weekend.  We got to walk around in his battalion and watch the class of 2018 become official cadets.  I love this time at the Citadel.  You get to see the new knob parents beam with pride as they watch the ceremony of their knob finally make it to the bottom of the totem pole of the cadet rank structure.   (more…)


Breaking Point Day 7

My plans had been to drive with Kaitie to Charleston today to meet up with Derek and family for Parent’s weekend at the Citadel.  He said he would be available after 3 because he needed to study a bit before the weekend.  So I jumped on my bike hoping to get to Mt Pleasant.  I knew it would be a long day, but I had such a good day yesterday I thought I could do it again.  Wrong!  South Carolina roads are NOT like North Carolina roads. (more…)


Easy Breezy Day 6

After yesterday’s ride and all that happened and knowing I had to ride through Wilmington, NC during morning traffic I was really dreading getting out of bed. I made it out the door and on the road a little ways when I realized I had left my cycle gloves back at the hotel.  I did remember my water bottles though, so that was a plus.  So I turned back and retrieved them.  Wilmington is a very cycle friendly city.  I had a bike path the whole way through the center of town.  It was great! Then I made it to River Road and I had 8 miles of basically me and the road along a river.  It was a great morning ride and I would ride through Wilmington anytime!   (more…)


A Day of First’s Day 5

Check out my ride on RidewithGPS.  Today was a big day for me. Scott needed to get home so in the morning he drove me on the other side of Jacksonville saving me 10 miles and riding in morning hour traffic. Have to say I was a bit nervous about the thought of not having him close by. My mind began the “what if” game and my stomach kind of sunk as I watched him drive off and I was wondering why was I not just going home with him. My body ached, I didn’t know where I was going to stay or how far I could get, blah blah blah… So to drown out the doubt I jumped on my bike and headed for my first turn to get off of 17. Wouldn’t you know it, it was a gated off-road leading to Camp Lejeune. (more…)