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
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!
Southern Shenandoah’s (and more) Are Complete!
The 80 miles from Rockfish Gap / I-64 up to Thornton Gap in the Shenandoah's are complete! Took a couple of attempts but we finally checked off the remaining 20 miles in the extreme southern end of the park. Loonie's sister came along with us for this one. It was perfect hiking weather...in complete contrast … Continue reading Southern Shenandoah’s (and more) Are Complete!
A quick update before we set off. Loonie and I are heading to the Shenandoahs soon, the plan being to complete the AT through the park as well as fill in the gap between there and Bears Den Hostel. We'll then jump up to Boiling Springs, PA and stroll back to Pine Grove Furnace SP. … Continue reading Pre-Shenandoah Update
VA 42 to Pearisburg: Part Two
Picking up from my last post... Day Five: Campsite past Jenny Knob Shelter (10.7 mi) On the schedule for this day: crossing the 600 mile mark since setting off from Springer Mountain in Georgia years ago. In the grand scheme of things, when it seems everyone and their brother is knocking off one of the … Continue reading VA 42 to Pearisburg: Part Two