Episode 15: The Ultimate Summer Road Trip – Part Two

In Episode 15, Mackie and I sit down to discuss a 65 day and 17,000 mile cross-country road trip that went down in the summer of 1996.  On the journey, we hiked sections of the Appalachian, Continental, and Pacific Crest National Scenic Trails and visited some treasured American wilderness including Isle Royal, Glacier, Mt. Ranier, Redwoods, Yosemite, and Grand Canyon National Park. In the podcast, Mackie talks about the adventure, some major mishaps, high and low moments from the trip, his … [Read more...]

Turn Hole Falls 1; Phillip 0 (aka Phillip Gets Dominated)

Phillip gets hung up on Turn Hole Falls on the Chattooga River and flips his canoe. Here's all the carnage.  Hint - if you do Turn Hole Falls approach and paddle through the rapids to the left. … [Read more...]

The Carnage At Turn Hole Falls

Phillip discusses the carnage on the Chattooga River after he flips his canoe at Turn Hole Falls. Fortunately, all contents are strapped down and nothing floats away. Rob is less fortunate. He gets flipped and loses his kayak (important) and two water bottles (not important). For a Class II rapid, this one packs a punch and takes out 2 of the 6 in our fully loaded crew. … [Read more...]

Roger On The West Fork Of The Chattooga River

Here's Roger clearing a Class II rapid on the West Fork Of The Chattooga River. Good thing that fishing pole didn't get snagged on that tree branch! … [Read more...]

Phillip On The West Fork Of The Chattooga River (aka Phillip Dominates)

Here's Phillip clearing a Class II rapid on the West Fork Of The Chattooga River. He makes it look easy in a canoe - but the Chattooga River would even the score with Phillip later in the day! … [Read more...]

The Chattooga River Armada

Here's The Armada after clearing Big Shoal Falls. We gave it a long look and decided to portage around the Class III. (Pratt is still kicking himself on this one.) The Chattooga River slows to a crawl after Big Shoals - and you can see that here. It's a nice calm after the storm. … [Read more...]

Cross-Country Road Trip Video – Summer 1996

This is a video slide show of a cross-country road trip that I did with Mackie in 1996. We drove over 17,000 miles, hit all four corners of the U.S. and did a lot of hiking, backpacking, canoeing, and fishing. Here's a link to a map of our journey.  The red lines mark this 1996 trip with Mackie and the green lines mark a 1998 trip I did with The Ox.  Mackie met up with me in Lebanon, New Hampshire - so the 1996 journey lasted 38 days for him and 65 days for me. If you haven't taken some time … [Read more...]