I adopted…..

....,sorry no children or pets for me at this stage in my life, but tell me I can adopt a trail and I'm all ears or should I say hiking boots. The Great Smoky Mountain National Park requested volunteers to adopt a trail and hike it 5 times over the year, reporting back on conditions … Continue reading I adopted…..

In search of the elusive Hog Creek Cave Falls!

What is a hiker to do? The Friday Hoofers are on hiatus, my new hiking partners, Ladyslipper and Songbird are safely back in Virginia, my volunteer trail maintenance assignment in the Smokies is on hold and to top it off the Pisgah National Forest closed most trails to hiking and camping yesterday! Last week during … Continue reading In search of the elusive Hog Creek Cave Falls!

First Day Hike 2020: Beech Bottom Falls Trail

Just a short but sweet hike today with Frolicking Dinosaur on this relatively new trail, a few miles from home in the Jocassee Gorges area. Located off the road up to Sassafras Mountain , South Carolina's highest peak, and just past where the Foothills Trail crosses the road at Chimneytop Gap. Happy New Year and … Continue reading First Day Hike 2020: Beech Bottom Falls Trail

Making “National Take a Hike Day” a five day event!

Recent record breaking, frigid temperatures and an early snow in the Smokies created an opportunity for daughter, Klaire to snag us a spot at the Mount Leconte Lodge in the Smokies. Just so you know how difficult it is to get a reservation at the Lodge, the 2020 season is already completely booked and your … Continue reading Making “National Take a Hike Day” a five day event!

“A rainy day is the perfect time for a walk in the woods.”

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.”