By late December, after a couple of months of flatland hiking, I was suffering from mountain withdrawal. I needed an extended hike in the high country. Several days of unseasonably warm weather, the week before Christmas, presented an opportunity. Logistical constraints only left me with one real option: Mountains-to-Sea Trail Segment 4, and Linville Gorge.… More Mountains-to-Sea Trail: Segment 4 – Linville Gorge
I learn something every time I hike. In an earlier post, I wrote about hiking lessons learned in the first leg of Segment 1A. So what did I learn in this second leg?
On Monday, September 11, the remnants of Hurricane Irma blew through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP). While the storm had lost much of its power while over land, it was still quite a blow… and made quite a mess of the place. Main roads were closed for a day or two. Secondary roads… More Mountains-to-Sea Trail: Segment 1A, Leg 2
After The Hike That Started It All, I had set my sights on a summer of section-hiking the Appalachian Trail (AT) with my son, Jack. That plan crashed like a wave over the jagged rocks of reality, along with my right ankle, on the eve of our first AT hike (post on this is coming… More Mountains-to-Sea Trail: Segment 1A, Leg 1