GSMNP: Thomas Divide & Kanati Fork Trails

| April 30, 2022

6.68 miles; 453 ft. total elevation gain; Cherokee, NC I’ve been a member of the North Carolina Native Plant Society for a while now, as well as an active volunteer (I’m on the newsletter committee), so when I got the email that announced the Spring Hike Weekend, I was all over it like white on […]

Appalachian Trail: Lovers’ Leap Loop

| April 11, 2022

Appalachian Trail: Lovers' Leap Loop

1.81 miles; 367 ft. total elevation gain; Hot Springs, NC I did start out with the best of intentions on this hike, I really did. I meant to do a longer route called the Pump Gap Loop which includes a bigger section of the Appalachian Trail but, well, it was HARD, as in steep and […]

Lake Junaluska

| March 28, 2022

Lake Junaluska

3.76 miles; 276 ft. total elevation gain; Waynesville, NC This walk had been on my radar for a while now, so I finally made the trip out to Waynesville to visit. It definitely qualifies as an “Easy Walk,” in that it’s pretty flat, and all either paved or sidewalks, and even has a shortcut you […]

Ten Years…!

| February 6, 2022

Ten Years...!

The first post on this blog is dated January 1, 2012. Yeah, I know it’s now February, but due to a series of unfortunate events, the older posts required… well, a lot of work. A great deal of my photos had been lost by my previous hosting company. I still had the originals, but they […]

Jane Bald from Carver’s Gap

| September 24, 2021

Jane Bald from Carver's Gap

3.27 miles; 613 ft. total elevation; Roan Mountain, TN Whew. It’s not a lot of mileage, but it’s probably one of the most spectacular hikes I’ve ever done. I got the idea to try to hit some sections of the Appalachian Trail, since it’s really not far from where I am nowadays, and I picked […]

MTS From Blue Ridge Parkway Visitors Center to Folk Art Center

| May 6, 2021

MTS From Blue Ridge Parkway Visitors Center to Folk Art Center

6.74 miles; 639 ft. total elevation; Asheville, NC So I saw this story about a tunnel on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail in my local paper. It read in part: In April, a portion of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail on the Blue Ridge Parkway, which sits along a section of land owned and operated by eight different jurisdictions, became an illegal […]

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