By the time we reached the Mountaineer Falls Shelter I was drenched in sweat. Sitting on the bench I left a puddle. I was beat and my spirits were low. As Paul went to find two trees for his hammock, I went in search of a flat place for our tent. Sandy had noticed the […]
As our travels take us across America, we’re stopping in Boy Scout council offices to add to a lifelong collection of Boy Scout Council Shoulder Patches.
I joined Sandy while she attended this year’s Trail Dames Summit in Maryville, TN. Walking in to register, I noticed there weren’t many other guys around. After all, this is a place where women can get together and talk about women and hiking. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I figured that many of […]
Lumberjacks in Pigeon Forge? That’s what we found on a visit to the Great Smoky Mountains, learning a bit of history and culture at the Great Smoky Mountain Lumberjack Feud Dinner Show.
Our final morning on the Appalachian Trail this July started with us stopping to filter water in the rain. We sent Bear Bag Hanger ahead of us. Not wanting to sweat to death, I decided to try going topless. Sort of my own hike half-naked day. At our lunch break, Sandy noticed one small blister […]
Back on the trail the next morning we were really feeling that first day, our legs and knees were already talking to us. We took slow uphills and more breaks to catch our breath as we climbed farther away from Roan Mountain, Tennessee. After a break at a bench with a view near the Vango […]
Since we were going to be in the area after the Trail Dames Summit, we decided to add a few more miles to our Appalachian Trail hike. Our friend Paul, aka Bear Bag Hanger, offered to join us, so we made our plans. We’d leave his truck in Damascus, spend the night at Black Bear […]
In spring, hiker’s thoughts turn to the Appalachian Trail, the granddaddy of all long distance hiking trails in America. In the Smokies, you must stay in the shelters.