Episode 58: Havasu Falls

In Episode 58, Michael and Tim tell us about their recent hike to Havasu Falls in Northern Arizona.  You’ve likely seen the iconic photos of the Falls - the turquoise water set against the desert canyon walls, the idyllic swimming holes surrounded by sunbathing backpackers, this oasis in the middle of a barren Grand Canyon.  And you've probably thought about hiking here ... but these guys have actually done it.  And they backpacked to the Falls at the ages of 10 and 12! So if … [Read more...]

Lost Wedding Ring

In 2003, I lost my wedding ring in this exact same spot while #backpacking on the #BentonMacKayeTrail at the #ToccoaRiver. Apparently I'm not the first. … [Read more...]

One Last Look

Alec and I are the last to leave the campsite this morning and the dogs are ready to go. One last look before we hit the trail... … [Read more...]

Strom Thurmond Lake

A view of Strom Thurmond Lake from our backcountry campsite. There is no boat to be seen on the water this winter evening. … [Read more...]

Rosman, North Carolina

Winter #dayhike in the Nantahala National Forest near Rosman, NC this weekend. This campsite looks worth a return trip. … [Read more...]

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Protected: Swimsuit Model?

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Our Audible To The Chattooga

We planned to backpack in the Smokies today but the weather was significantly better to the Southeast. So we left our thru-hiking buddy to take a zero day in Gatlinburg and hiked in to the Chattooga. … [Read more...]

Logging Pics – Before And After

The National Forest Service sells logging rights to timber companies. It's reality, but I'm seeing it more and more in North Georgia and Northwestern South Carolina lately. We went hiking on the Chattooga this past weekend and here's one example. The view from the trailhead looking west in September 2011. And here's the same view this weekend on August 2016. I nearly didn't recognize the trailhead - and we weren't the only ones! While we loaded our packs, we sent two other hiking groups … [Read more...]

Our Campsite

Our campsite and home for the night along the Chattooga River. Here comes the Britt to help me collect some firewood. … [Read more...]