JEFFERSON NATIONAL FOREST – SUMMER 2021

Summer 2021 trip in Virginia's Jefferson National Forest to celebrate Roger's MEGA B-Day. It only took 6 months to get this together, but cheers to my favorite peasant!!! And yes the horses are wild and the ghost cow is real - even tried to run my favorite Brit over while sleeping in his tent. No cow tipping on this hike, but Roger did ask for some creamer for his morning coffee... … [Read more...]

TIGHT FIT

Perhaps the Camel had a bit too much to eat and drink last night. He and the rest of the group struggle through the boundary between the Grayson Highlands State Park and Jefferson National Forest. … [Read more...]

THE JOLLY ROGER

Birdshooter-Country Club-The Camel

Two of my backpacking friends had milestone birthdays in 2021, and we had grand plans to celebrate on distant mountains in the western U.S.  But after numerous attempts to synchronize schedules, we settled on a road trip to The Camel's mountain house near Hays, N.C. to celebrate his 60th.  Here we are pulling into his driveway after a long drive from Atlanta. The Camel had neighbors over when we arrived.  So we had a few beverages with them and enjoyed the sunset from the back … [Read more...]

FORT MOUNTAIN STATE PARK

We hiked 3 miles on the Gahuti Backpacking Trail at Fort Mountain State Park, but the best views were from this overlook only 100 feet from the trailhead. … [Read more...]

50 HIKES IN 50 STATES BY 50 YEARS

As someone who likes to hike and backpack, I decided a number of years ago that I wanted to hike 50 trails in 50 States before I was 50 years old.  I’m certain that I’m not the first to do this – although I made the decision without any outside influence and with two basic rules: The hike has to be on an established trail (signed or blazed) that is known to the hiking public. The trail has to be at least one mile in length, and I have to hike this distance (or more) for it to … [Read more...]

LEN FOOTE HIKE INN, NORTH GEORGIA – TRIP VIDEO (FEBRUARY 2015)

This is a winter hike to the Len Foote Hike Inn that we did with a group of dads and sons from St. Jude Catholic Church. Kudos to the staff at the Inn - who provided outstanding customer service during our visit. What a great place.... … [Read more...]

TOUGH WEEK FOR HIKERS IN MAINE

Maine is a tough place to hike - and many experienced backcountry explorers know that, but this week was exceptionally merciless.  On Tuesday, two women and their dog were rescued at dusk on a backcountry trail at Roque Bluffs State Park, then as they headed home the true tragedy struck.  The Kennebec Journal reports... "Two women hikers who had been rescued after getting lost at Roque Bluffs State Park on Tuesday night drowned in their minivan a short while later apparently after taking … [Read more...]

THE RAPIDS BEFORE THE SPIDER LILIES

Here we are rounding the island across from Landsford Canal State Park and closing in on the shallow rocks just before the spider lilies.  With the trip around the island (that sits in the middle of the Catawba River), it was a two hour paddle today. … [Read more...]

KAYAKING & FISHING IN THE CATAWBA RIVER

We decided that Roger didn't deserve any peace while kayak fishing on the Catawba and nestled right up next to him.   … [Read more...]

LANDSFORD CANAL STATE PARK – PADDLING THROUGH THE SPIDER LILIES

After seeing other kayakers paddle through the Spider Lilies at Landsford Canal State Park last year, we returned last week to have a run of our own.  The floods earlier this month had the lilies down in numbers - but they were still spectacular in spots. … [Read more...]