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 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. 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
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!
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!