Posts filed under ‘Caldwell Fields’

Must People Die For Me to Get Hits?

Last week I noted a spike in my hits and I saw an abnormal amount of views to one of my Caldwell Fields posts. Upon investigation, I discovered the reason. It was not something to celebrate.

2 Virginia Tech Students Found Murdered in Forest

The bodies of David Lee Metzler, 19, of Lynchburg and Heidi Lynn Childs, 18, of Forest were discovered early Thursday by a passerby at Jefferson National Forest, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Lt. Brian Wright said. Both had been shot.

Wright said Metzler’s body was found inside a car in the parking area of the Caldwell Fields campground, and Childs was found outside the car. The campground is about 15 miles from Virginia Tech’s campus in Blacksburg.

Caldwell Fields is such a beautiful place. I know a couple who got married there. That’s a event fitting of the locale. Caldwell Fields should be used for new beginnings. Not abrupt and unwarranted endings.

My heartfelt sentiments to the families.

August 30, 2009 at 9:52 am 2 comments

Season Compare: Caldwell Fields

The last two weekends, I’ve been able to drive by Caldwell Fields and grab some autumn shots. Here’s Caldwell Fields over three seasons:

Caldwell Fields – March 24, 2008

Caldwell Fields – May 15, 2007

Caldwell Fields – October 12, 2008

Caldwell Fields – October 19, 2008

October 21, 2008 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

Hearts in Nature (Caldwell Fields)

If I happen to decide to make my own Valentine’s Day Cards in 2009, I have two contenders for the cover from Caldwell Fields:

A heart made from a log and its reflection in Craig’s Creek

Hey! Wait! I’ve Got a New Complaint!

More pictures from this Caldwell Fields trip can be found on my Flickr site.

April 1, 2008 at 10:00 am 16 comments

Season Compare – Caldwell Fields

Continuing my tradition of season comparison shots, here is Caldwell Fields:

Caldwell Fields – March 24, 2008

Caldwell Fields – May 14, 2007

The above combination I architected on purpose, but when I was going through my pictures, I had a bonus season compare at the creek.

Rock and Creek – March 24, 2008

Rock and Creek – May 14, 2007

More pictures from Caldwell Fields can be found on my Flickr site:

Fields in May

Fields in March

Finally, if you yearn to read more about the fields, I have written about them on this blog before. ūüôā

March 31, 2008 at 9:01 am 6 comments

Caldwell Field Pictures

On Sunday, the dogs and I stopped by Caldwell Fields on the way home from a trip to Sinking Creek Mountain.  The flora has changed since my last trip in May.  New wildflowers and new berries were present in the field.  Plus new tadpoles were in the creek.  Some pictures:

Yellow wildflower (Brown eyed Susan?)

Tadpoles hide under a floating leaf

Berries and Flowers

Another sample of the Beauty of Imperfection— these leaves are riddle with holes, but gorgeous

The layered levels at the creek

Jimmie and his shadow in the creek water

Jimmie discovers the tadpoles

More Caldwell Field pictures are available on my Flickr site.

July 3, 2007 at 10:38 pm 2 comments

Hungry Trees

At Caldwell Fields, I found more trees absorbing an obstacle.  This time they were eating wires.

Tree Eats a Wire
Three wires almost look like they were threaded through the tree.

Tree Eating Wire
Close shot of an absorbed wire

As a refresher, the other hungry trees were at Bottom Creek Gorge and on the John’s Creek Mountain Trail:

Hungry tree at Bottom Creek Gorge

Hungry tree on John’s Creek Mountain Trail

Now that I think about it, Granary Cemetary in Boston had a hungry tree too:

Granary Cemetary in Boston
Trees in Boston have a taste for tombstones

Yeah…remind me to never get in the way of a tree.

May 15, 2007 at 10:34 pm 8 comments

Caldwell Fields: If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?

Kurt Vonnegut talks about his Uncle Alex in numerous writings and speeches.¬† In particular, Vonnegut applauds his uncle’s habit of noticing and vocalizing the simple pleasures of life.¬† I know it’s mentioned in Timequake; God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian; Vonnegut’s Commencement Address to Syracuse; and a PBS Interview.¬† Here’s an excerpt from God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian:

My late Uncle Alex Vonnegut, my father’s kid brother, a Harvard-educated life insurance agent in Indianapolis who was well read and wise, was a humanist like all the rest of the family. What Uncle Alex found particularly objectionable about human beings in general was that they so seldom noticed it when they were happy.

He himself did his best to acknowledge it when times were sweet. We could be drinking lemonade in the shade of an apple tree in the summertime, and Uncle Alex would interrupt the conversation to say, “If this isn’t nice, what is?”

I myself say that out loud at times of easy, natural bliss: “If this isn’t nice, what is?” Perhaps others can also make use of that heirloom from Uncle Alex. I find it really cheers me up to keep score out loud that way.

Yesterday, I worked on-site at Roanoke.  I left the city at 5:30, drove 50 minutes home and I still had enough daylight to take the dogs out on an adventure.  I got home, changed clothes, made a quick peanut butter and jelly sandwich and headed out to Caldwell Fields.

Driving down Craig Creek Road, reaping the benefits of Daylight Savings Time, surrounded by lush green mountains (Sinking Creek Mountain to the left, Brush Mountain on the right), enjoying fresh spring air with my windows rolled down, and listening to Gwen Stefani’s Sweet Escape on XM Radio,¬†¬†I was happy.

“If this isn’t nice, what is?” I said to the dogs.¬†

They didn’t reply (maybe they couldn’t hear me over Akon and Stefani), but I suspect they agreed.

And it only got better!  Caldwell Fields was gorgeous.  Though, admittedly, we spent more time exploring the nearby creek and admiring the rock faces. 


Addison CaldwellCaldwell Fields are named for three brothers who lived in the area in the 1800’s.¬† The most notable is Addison Caldwell.¬† In 1872, he was the very first student to enroll in the Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College.¬† That college later became Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, which is more commonly known as Virginia Tech (or as annoying ESPN announcers insist on saying, “Vah-Tech”).¬† So Addison Caldwell was my alma mater’s first student.

From Caldwell Fields you can see remains of the largest known landslide in eastern North America which occurred 10,000 – 25,000 years ago.¬† Even though one of the slides is 3 miles long, they are difficult to identify with all vegetation that resides¬†on Sinking Creek¬†Mountain.¬† I couldn’t see it yesterday, but I didn’t look too hard.¬† This article¬†by the U.S. Geologic Survey explains more.

Our Adventure

We spent about an hour there until it got too dark.  Here are some pictures of our outing:

Creek at Caldwell Fields
Craig Creek has some interesting rock faces

Leaves at Caldwell Fields at Dusk
Some leaves at dusk

View at Caldwell Fields
View from the parking lot 

Wildflowers at Caldwell Fields
Wildflowers at Caldwell Fields

Dried Weed at Caldwell Fields
Dried vegetation at Caldwell Fields

Jimmie at Caldwell Fields
Jimmie enjoys the fields (that fit canine is 10 years old!)

Rock face at Caldwell Fields
Rock face and layered creek bed

As you can see, there were a lot of moments that would have made Alex Vonnegut (and perhaps his nephew) proud!  It was a nice evening and all the simple pleasures did not go unnoticed.

Additional Links
My Caldwell Fields Pictures on Flickr
The Mountain That Moved article by USGS
Virginia Tech History: Addison Caldwell, Virginia Tech’s First Student

Caldwell Geocacheb

May 15, 2007 at 10:08 pm 3 comments

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