The above quote attributed to Rachel Carson, one of my heroes. Wednesday, Day 1 It drizzled rain on the 2 hour drive to the trailhead at Big Creek Campground in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, though had stopped by the time I arrived. I pondered taking my new piece of gear, an ultra lite … Continue reading “A rainy day is the perfect time for a walk in the woods.”
I had planned on heading into the Balsam Mountain area of the Smokies near Cherokee in a couple of weeks, but after reading a fellow hiking bloggers post about the area, decided that there is no time like the present. The weather has been fabulous and I was in desperate need of some trail therapy. … Continue reading Hike more, worry less!
My spring automobile accident still has it's claws in me and I continue to be aggravated by a return of shoulder pain that led me to reluctantly receive another cortisone shot earlier in the week. My daughter's partner, Patrick, advised me that this would be a perfect time for him to help with his expert … Continue reading Smokies! Hiking! Massage!
So, after completing the Appalachian Trail and being inspired by hikers I met in New England who were attempting to hike all 48 of the 4000 foot mountains in New Hampshire, I set myself a local goal of hiking all the trails in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. There are approximately 800 miles of … Continue reading One step at a time in the Smokies!
She develops a serious case of Nature Deficit Disorder! Over the last several years of hiking I have been reminded several times of the fragility of life and how your path through life can turn on a dime and in the blink of an eye. My own blink of an eye moment, I could have … Continue reading What if Nemophilist can’t hike?
Ever since I moved to the Blue Ridge Mountains and became a hiking junkie, the Art Loeb Trail (ALT) has been on my radar. This 30.1 mile trail traverses a beautiful section of the Pisgah National Forest from the Daniel Boone Boy Scout Camp down to the Davidson River Campground near Brevard, NC. A couple … Continue reading Art Loeb Trail
I was extremely fortunate to have my daughter, Klaire and her partner, Patrick invite me to join them for a week on their winter travels. Klaire and Patrick manage his parents RV park, https://www.smokybearcampground.com/ in Gatlinburg TN. They work extremely hard during the season but then can travel during the winter months when the campground … Continue reading Amazing Arizona!
As part of my post Appalachian Trail re-entry adjustment and in an effort to keep my trail legs from atrophying, I have joined a great hiking group called the Pisgah Hikers. I have spent most Fridays with a hard core group of seasoned hikers called the Friday Hoofers. They welcomed me into their tribe and … Continue reading Friday Hoofing it on the 23 Feature Loop Hike
Word is that whatever you do on the first day of the year, you'll be doing plenty of that activity for the rest of the year, so not to tempt fate and insure that I'll be doing lots of hiking in 2019, I headed out to the Foothillls Trail a couple of miles down the … Continue reading First Day Hike 2019: Foothills Trail, Eastatoe Gorge Spur
If last years hike was challenging, this years hike was incredibly demanding with health issues threatening to derail my hike, the most difficult though beautiful section of the trail to walk, and cold weather near the conclusion. Despite all of the obstacles it was an extraordinary journey that was definitely a highlight of my life. … Continue reading Appalachian Trail 2018 Part 2