First off, our plans were dashed once again by Mother Nature. After arriving at Standing Bear Farm, completing the section from Allen Gap, we got ourselves cleaned up, resupplied and checked the forecast for the second leg of the trip - the three days in the national park. There was a good chance of rain all three days … Continue reading Off the AT and onto the OT…
Well, we're getting cleaned up and getting stuff together for the second part of the hike. Part one was awesome. Just a few pics and I'll fill in all the details once we back home. Sorry, but I gotta get some sleep! So, other than a short section in the Smokies, we've done Amicalola Falls … Continue reading AT update…
Woke up to changing skies - still dry but showers, possibly a thunderstorm predicted for the afternoon. Got another text off to Loonie asking her to pick us up at Allen Gap at 2 PM. We had 11.5 miles to go but it looked doable. Shortly after leaving the shelter we ran across a "300" … Continue reading AT 2016: Erwin, TN to Standing Bear Farm – Day 4
We got an 8 AM start as we had 15.2 miles to put under our feet to get to Jerry Cabin Shelter in order to try to maintain some semblance of a schedule - one thing I dislike about section hiking for sure! I wish we could just do whatever miles we chose to do, … Continue reading AT 2016: Erwin, TN to Standing Bear Farm – Day 3
Broke camp and hit the trail around 9:00. We had 13.6 miles to do to get to our intended target of Hogback Ridge Shelter. Looking at the elevation profile in Awol's guide, it appeared that the toughest part of our day would be early as we made our way up Big Stamp and Big Bald, … Continue reading AT 2016: Erwin, TN to Standing Bear Farm – Day 2
The morning had finally come for Deep Woods and I to head for Uncle Johnny's Hostel in Erwin, TN and hit the AT to head Southbound for nearly 102 miles on the AT back to Deep Woods car parked at Standing Bear Farm Hostel just shy of I-40 outside of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. … Continue reading AT 2016: Erwin, TN to Standing Bear Farm – Day 1
Still WAY behind and trying desperately to catch up before little details fade away. I need to start using the voice recorder on my phone throughout the day to make note of things, seeing as how I can't write worth a crap anymore. I did want to mention that if by some odd chance … Continue reading Wrappin’ Up Week One…Finally!
So, "007" used some of his masterful intelligence skills picked up in his service to The Crown on the other side of the pond and found Loonie, her sister and I a room in Maggie Valley so the girls can go off and do somethin' or another. You're probably wondering where Loonie's sister came … Continue reading Where In The World Is Bulldog?
Well, I find myself now in Hot Springs, NC not hiking but sitting in Laughing Heart Hostel watching it rain and listening to "007" sing every song that comes on the radio. He's got a case of shin splints and has to stay put for a few days. I know what you're thinking: "What the … Continue reading Stuck in Hot Springs…
Day Two: We woke up with a serious case of "van lag". The long drive and little sleep coupled with a HEAVY pack that's brand new and I don't quite have the adjustment down yet and the warm temps....I'm draggin'. Loonie's not so quick to get out of bed either. But we finally do and … Continue reading Dead Legs to Derrick Knob