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
Reach the Peaks is an annual trail run and hiking challenge, organized by the Friends of the Sauratown Mountains and the Stokes County Arts Council. The course covers ten miles of the most challenging trails in the park, and visits five “peaks” along the route. My brother-in-law, Mike, is an avid trail runner. This looked… More Reach the Peaks 2017: Hanging Rock State Park
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 a couple of weeks of healing, lightening, and getting wiser, I’m ready to hit the trail and complete Segment 1A of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. So what did I learn? And what am I doing differently?
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
My rowdy extended family of 9 (Me, Roberta, Jack, Viv, Viv’s boyfriend Dakota, Roberta’s sister Mary, Mary’s husband Mike, and their kids Matt and Katie) took an epic 10 day vacation to Colorado, Wyoming and Utah in July. While there, we spent a few days at Yellowstone, staying in Gardiner, MT. My personal primary objective… More Yellowstone: Bunsen Peak
The Shuckstack hike ignited something inside of me. I wanted to hike more. A LOT more. I’ve never been one to set small, simple, normal goals. I get obsessed. And then I set really audacious, obsessive goals. That sometimes I stick with long enough to mostly achieve. See? I’m being honest here. So when you… More Training for the AT
Every May, about a thousand MINI Cooper fanatics join me in the Smokies for MINIs on the Dragon. It’s a massive celebration of twisty roads, quirky cars, and the friendships forged by them. For the past few years Art, my Brother From Another Mother, has joined me there. This year we went up a few… More Smokies: Shuckstack via Twentymile Trail