THE BADLANDS, NORTH & SOUTH DAKOTA – JUNE 9, 2017

As part of 50 x 50 x 50 (50 hikes in 50 States before 50 years), we visited the Badlands of both North & South Dakota – the two States that remained in my quest to hike in all 50 States.  During the trip we stayed in the backcountry of Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota and visited the front country of Badlands National Park in South Dakota.  Both had unique terrain and abundant wildlife including many buffalo and prairie dogs.   … [Read more...]

HIKING THE LOWER PADDOCK TRAIL

The Camel hiking the The Lower Paddock Trail in Theodore Roosevelt National Park. … [Read more...]

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WE HAVE BISON

We had bison in our campsite and bison on the Trail, so this was anti-climatic.  But here's one from the car... … [Read more...]

OUR ROOM WITH A VIEW AT THEODORE ROOSEVELT NATIONAL PARK

Our room with a view at #TheodoreRooseveltNationalPark. A podcast from this trip coming soon - titled The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly!   … [Read more...]

EPISODE 40: HIKING NEWS 2016 (SMOKIES)

In Episode 40, The Camel and I continue the discussion on hiking news from 2016 in a show recorded right before our annual Klondike hike on the North Carolina side of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.  Forewarning, we talk felonies, guns, and politics - subjects that get The Camel particularly fired up. So listen in, and we'll brace ourselves for the feedback!  'Cause we talk arson, kidnapping, self-defense, and about the political leadership of our country.  And if that … [Read more...]

3W – THRU-HIKER RENDEVOUS

I have a friend hiking the Appalachian Trail this year and his schedule (and some inclement weather) had him take a zero day in Gatlinburg, TN which gave us an opportunity to catch up with him last weekend.  Here is the World Wide Wanderer (aka 3W) relaxing on the balcony of the LeConte View Motel. He shared some photos and video from the Trail and detailed his first three weeks on the A.T.  We absorbed it like a sponge, then offered to buy him dinner - a gesture that no thru-hiker … [Read more...]

EPISODE 39: HIKING NEWS 2016 (GRAND CANYON)

In Episode 39, Therm Rider and I do a live winter show from the Yavapai Lodge at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.  After a day hiking on the Arizona and Rim Trails, we kick back a cold one and discuss some of the major hiking news events of 2016. In the show, Therm Rider and I recap and debate some of the U.S. news events that were heavily publicized in the outdoor community last year - including epic fails with drones, lost lives from selfies, and wildlife issues and encounters.  … [Read more...]

ELK CROSSING

Elk crossing at Oconaluftee Visitor's Center in Great Smoky Mountain National Park … [Read more...]

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