Photo Album for this hike. Our brief tour of the SE quadrant of the park continued with a snail-pace hike along the Lakeshore Trail. With the exception of day four, the weather was predicted to be really nice. Cool nights in camp and perfect hiking...okay, strolling for us...weather during the day. It actually got a … Continue reading GSMNP, Lakeshore Trail (Days 1-3) – April 2021
GSMNP – Fate Leads Us to a Legend!
There are times when fate steps in and all things seem to come out just right. Plans for the trip to Arkansas and the Buffalo River Trail fell apart, leaving us both pretty dejected. It just wasn't meant to be. At least not yet. As it turned out, we ended up exactly where we were … Continue reading GSMNP – Fate Leads Us to a Legend!
GSMNP, Twentymile to AT to Fontana Dam – April 2021
Photo Album for this hike. After a night's stay in Bryson City, we moved down to Fontana Dam. A shuttle from Bryson City Outfitters dropped us off at Twentymile Ranger Station around 1 PM and after a few pics, we set off. We were only going so far as campsite 93, a mere 1.8 miles … Continue reading GSMNP, Twentymile to AT to Fontana Dam – April 2021
GSMNP – Noland Creek Out and Back Overnight Hike
Photo Album from this hike. I should note that once again I used my phone while Loonie used the 35mm and due to the date/time being off on the Canon, the pics are not necessarily in sequential order for the hike. We escaped the madness that is Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg and drove over Newfound … Continue reading GSMNP – Noland Creek Out and Back Overnight Hike
GSMNP – Albright Grove Dayhike
Photo Album for this hike. We start off the trip by driving nine hours in the rain. By the time we reach Pigeon Forge, the rain has petered out and the skies have begun to clear. The next morning, we're heading for Cosby. Destination is the Maddron Bald trailhead. Its time we make the long … Continue reading GSMNP – Albright Grove Dayhike
The post title pretty much sums it up. We are NOT in Arkansas hiking the Buffalo River Trail. And no, we are NOT in Rocky Mountains National Park like we had planned prior to deciding to do the Arkansas trip instead. Since my last post many moons ago, a series of events unfolded that led to … Continue reading GSMNP Reboot…
Once again, we've switched gears and shelved plans for RMNP this year. Broken record, I know. Depending on how things go with Covid, Deep Woods and I will attempt to return to the AT for a week in the Spring or Fall. Loonie and I, however, have set a different course. In order to make … Continue reading Switching Gears…
This brings a close to the 2020 season. And what a long, strange trip it has been! If you had told me back in March or April that I would eventually put more miles of the AT under my feet this year than I had in any year since I started this journey back in … Continue reading 2020 Postscript
Pine Grove Furnace State Park to Boiling Springs, PA Complete!
To complete the trifecta of our trip out East, Loonie, her sister Kristy and I did a slow stroll from Boiling Springs, PA back to Pine Grove Furnace State Park. The main objectives of the trip, completing Shenandoah National Park and filling in the gap up to Bears Den Hostel in VA, were accomplished. This … Continue reading Pine Grove Furnace State Park to Boiling Springs, PA Complete!
Thornton Gap to Bears Den Hostel Complete!
It would be a major understatement to say that the 61 mile hike from Thornton Gap to Bears Den Hostel went better than the 80 miles Deep Woods and I did just last month...physically anyway. With the exception of the 9-1/2 mile ride I had remaining on the Roller Coaster on the last day, the … Continue reading Thornton Gap to Bears Den Hostel Complete!