Monday, February 15, 2010

We've moved Blog pages

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Friday, January 29, 2010

Shelter for Haiti with Blue Ridge Mountain Sports

Check out this program from Blue Ridge Mountain Sports, a close partner of Mountain Lake. Trade in your old tent and get 20% off of a new one!

Shelter for Haiti Tent Drive going on at all Blue Ridge Mountain Sports locations until further notice.

Beginning January 27th, all Blue Ridge Mountain Sports locations began serving as drop-off points for the Shelter for Haiti tent drive. In an effort to provide critically needed shelter for victims of the January 12th earthquake that struck Haiti, Blue Ridge staff will be collecting tents in good working condition with all parts accounted for and any new tarps people are willing to donate.

All tents & tarps will be inspected and shipped to Convoy of Hope in Missouri, a 501©3 non-profit aid relief agency with staff working directly out of the Convoy of Hope warehouse outside of Haiti’s capital city, Port-au-Prince. Since the earthquake, Convoy of Hope has shipped 12 shipping containers of badly needed food & supplies in addition to their staff providing medical aid to injured Haitians.

Following President Rene Preval’s request for 200,000 tents, Blue Ridge Mountain Sports contacted Convoy of Hope among other aid agencies searching for an outlet to ship donated tents.

“Competition for the canvas homes has boiled into arguments and machete fights, a sign of the desperation felt by the hundreds of thousands of people without homes struggling for shelter in this wrecked city. Haiti’s president has asked the world for 200,000 tents and says he will sleep in one himself.” 1

Next to food and medical supplies, shelter is the next primary concern as Haiti begins to see increased temperatures & rain moving into the spring months.

“Outside of the food area, the two prime worries are: one, medical services or medical equipment, and, two, shelter,” said Lewis Lucke, U.S. special coordinator for relief and reconstruction.”

As an additional incentive, Blue Ridge Mountain Sports is offering 20% off coupons for all tents & tarps with the donation of an old tent or new tarp for Haitian aid relief. To find the nearest Blue Ridge Mountain Sports store location, click here.

For more information about the Shelter for Haiti tent drive, contact Kurt Peterson at Blue Ridge Mountain Sports, 866-905-2767×312 or kpeterson at

Monday, January 25, 2010

Video of Lake Basin

I ventured down to the lake basin this morning to see if the levels had risen due the recent precipitation. The lake is still partially frozen and the shore is about 5 feet from the extended boat dock. Check out the panoramic video to get an idea of the size of the lake.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Snow ceases to melt at Mountain Lake

The snowstorm we had before Christmas is still present at Mountain Lake. 2 feet still blanket the mountain and cross country skiers have been frequenting us daily. The lake is completely frozen and it doesn't look like it will be melting anytime soon!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Sharron-Mays Memorial Grove

Last week we held a memorial to honor the late Olen Sharron and Warren Mays. Olen and Warren were both big advocates in helping treat our hemlocks at Mt. Lake. We received many donations in their honor and decided to create a memorial. Back in July, we picked out a sandstone boulder from the lakebed that was smooth from years of water erosion. Ralph Johnson from McCoy's Funeral Home in Blacksburg came to pick the stone up and took it to his engraving shop. As you can see, he is an amazing artist! We placed the stone at the north end of the lake along the Indian Trail where the hemlock grove is vibrant and healthy, thanks to Olen and Warren's dedication to protecting the hemlocks.

The Sharron and May's family and friends came up for the memorial. Becky Sharron stands proudly next to the stone.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Lake Update

The lake levels have dropped slightly this October but during the entire 2009 season, the levels stayed somewhat constant. Below is a comparison between October 2008 and 2009. What a difference!

October 2009

October 2008

I found this praying mantis earlier this week and thought I would share this photo with you..what an interesting creature!

Mantises are masters of camouflage and most species make use of protective coloration to blend in with the foliage, both to avoid predators themselves, and to better snare their victims. Various species have adapted to not only blend with the foliage, but to mimic it, appearing as either living or withered leaves, sticks, tree bark, blades of grass, flowers, or even stones.