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
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?