....,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…..
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!
Christmas is not my favorite time of year unless children are involved and unfortunately that was not the case last year. I found myself the week before the most recent big day feeling a little out of sorts and with a bad case of itchy feet, and not caused by any fungus among us. Despite … Continue reading Curing a Case of Itchy Feet on the Florida 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
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!
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?