First, here's a few other interesting pics from the trip that I ran across today: Here's what's in store for 2016: April or May - Deep Woods and I will continue our long, slow slog north, starting at Standing Bear Farm just north of I-40 and finishing in Irwin, TN, right around 100 trail miles. … Continue reading What’s Next…
On our way home. To sum it up... AT hike: FREAKIN AWESOME! My favorite place in the park is just about anywhere on the AT. Amazing. You can hop on it and in a 1/4 mile all of the insanity of the rest of the place melts away. Peace and quiet and the vast majority … Continue reading Summary
Well, we got a late start today (imagine that! ). Weather early on was pretty dismal. Spent most of the morning packing up and loading gear for the trip home...just to get that outta the way. We may need to get back early to watch Itty Bitty. Also had to catch up on some stuff … Continue reading The Healing Waters of Porters Creek
Made the 1.25 mi. hike up Jakes Creek to the Avent cabin. You have to turn off onto an unmarked trail to reach the site. Kinda tricky since it was our first time here. Mayna Avent, one of Tennessee's most esteemed artists who's work is on display at the Smithsonian, used this tiny cabin as … Continue reading A Little Smoky Mountains History and…Da Bear!
Picked up Terra at Newfound Gap around noon. Another hiker, Mark, a 20 - something from Long Island, had been up at Icewater Springs shelter up on the AT with Terra and was looking to bail as well so we gave him a lift too. He was heading in the same direction as where Terra's … Continue reading It’s Raining Leaves…
Excellent trip so far. Since we were staying the first night at Smokemont we stuck on 40 through Davenport Gap and got off on 276. Once we hit 19 I figured we would just have to fight through the traffic in Cherokee to get into the park. Instead, we got on the Blueridge Parkway and … Continue reading Appalachian Trail, Beautiful Colors and Bears!
We'll be headin' back to the park in a couple of days and it can't come soon enough. Loonie is ready for a break and hopefully we'll be treated to some spectacular colors as the leaves change. The only real hiking we'll be doing this trip is an overnight to Siler's Bald and back. If the … Continue reading It’s That Time Again!
Finally posted the rest of the pics so be sure to check those out. So, these now include the afternoon in Cades Cove following the Gregory Bald trip, the 2-night Lynn Camp Prong trip (aka "The Jungle Hike"), the afternoon at the Mountain Farm Museum in Oconaluftee and the short trip to Deep Creek. Not … Continue reading Finished!
Two pages of pics covering the Gregory Bald part of the trip are up. You can find those here. Still going through the rest. Not taking as long as I thought. Turns out there's a LOT of BAD pics. Seems we're having quite a time figuring out the new camera and we ended up with … Continue reading Gregory Bald Trip Pics Are Up!
Well, we're home and while it's great to see Pumpkin Head and Itty Bitty I'm missing being out on the trail already. Shoot, I was missing it as soon as we left the park. There were some disappointments - only one bear and no pic of that, just a handful of elk and they were … Continue reading Is it time to go back yet?