You may recall that Loonie and I had the privilege to meet hiking legend Nimblewill Nomad back in April. He's was passing through Fontana Village on his way to becoming the oldest person to ever thru hike the Appalachian Trail. I've been following along with his adventures for many years now, so to say that … Continue reading 2021 Postscript
Photo album for this trip Day Seven: Palmer Creek Trailhead on Balsam Mountain Road (3.6 mi) Our last day in the backcountry and it's bittersweet. As much as we want to take a shower, put on clean clothes, eat a hardy meal and drink a cold Coke, we know what is waiting for us once … Continue reading GSMNP – Beautiful Fall Colors…And Return To The Hordes!!!
Photo album for this trip Day Four: Big Creek Campground (9.3 mi) Once more, we're on the trail a bit earlier than the day before but not nearly as early as we should. We have a few more miles to cover and we plan on taking a long break at Mt Cammerer observation tower. It's … Continue reading GSMNP – More Beautiful Weather…And Still No Hordes!!!
Photo album for this trip I've FINALLY gotten around to documenting this last trip. The week-long hike was absolutely fantastic. A bit harder for Loonie than I anticipated but with respect to the weather, we couldn't have asked for anything more. The scenery was spectacular as well. The brilliant Fall colors didn't really kick in … Continue reading GSMNP – Some Great Trail…And No Hordes!!!
It would make more sense for me to forego making any declarations as to what our upcoming trip plans are. Those plans always seem to fall by the wayside and we wind up doing something quite different. We postponed the Buffalo River Trail trek once more and will make our way back to GSMNP. Excruciatingly … Continue reading Here We Go Again…
Strictly from a physical standpoint, I walked away from this latest hike feeling like I did fairly well, all things considered. I started the trip about 10 lbs lighter in the gut but otherwise didn't do any physical training leading up to the start. Once again, lofty promises of being prepared and not following through. … Continue reading Some Final Thoughts…
Photo album for this trip Picking up from my last post... Day Four: Campsite near Niday Shelter (15 mi) We hit the trail a little before 7:30 with no particular goal for the end of the day. All we knew was that we were a bit ahead of schedule and wanted to avoid having two … Continue reading AT: Pearisburg to VA 624 – Part Two
Photo album for this trip Well, due to commitments back home, Deep Woods and I had to stop short of Daleville. We finished this latest hike at VA Route 624, just down the road from Four Pines Hostel. That equated to 67.4 miles over six days. Not quite what we had hoped for but no … Continue reading AT: Pearisburg to VA 624 – Part One
Photo Album for this hike. The title of this post is indeed correct. We took a whopping six days to do the 35 miles of the Lakeshore Trail. The average hiker would likely do it in three. The ambitious hiker, two. There are those select few that might knock it out in a day. Bulldog … Continue reading GSMNP, Lakeshore Trail (Days 4-6) – April 2021
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