March 6th and 7th, 2018 Well, after probably two or three years of talking about it and making plans, my friend and hiking companion, Wayne Garland, has finally set out on his attempted thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. Wayne is 70 years old and recently retired from a long and distinguished career as an EMT.… Read More And So It Begins… Hiking The A.T. Approach Trail
Friday, February 23, 2018 More than a year ago, Wayne, Martha, and several other members of the Oconee County Hiking Club traveled to North Carolina’s Shining Rock Wilderness and made the long, hard climb to the top of Cold Mountain. Pam missed the hike that day and so did I. Since then, we’ve both been… Read More Climbing Cold Mountain – At Last!
The Prelude February 16th, 2018 On Friday, Wayne, Pam, and I rendezvoused in Walhalla at 8 am, climbed into Wayne’s truck and headed towards Pisgah National Forest to do some hiking. This would be the first time since December 22nd of last year that the three of us would be hiking together. Wayne just recently… Read More Pisgah National Forest – Farlow Gap Trail and Daniel Ridge Loop
January 15th, 2018 On Monday morning, I met my friend and frequent hiking companion Pam, for breakfast at the Kountry Kupboard restaurant in Walhalla, SC. The Kountry Kupboard is one of those quaint little places where all of the locals meet regularly and where everybody seems to know each other. I’m still kind of the… Read More Rainbow Falls And Jones Gap Trail
October 15th, 2017 I awoke on this second day of my hike in the Roan Highlands at about 7 am. I had hoped to get a good nights sleep, but instead, I ended up doing a lot of tossing and turning. It’s the same whenever I go backpacking. I’m a side sleeper and my sleep… Read More Backpacking The Appalachian Trail – Roan Highlands, Day 2 – Hump Mountain
October 14, 2017 While I’ve done a lot of day-hiking so far this year, I haven’t done any backpacking. Now that Summer has ended, I figure that it’s the perfect opportunity to get out, sleep under the stars, enjoy some cooler weather, and possibly take in some early Fall colors. I decided that I’d plan… Read More Backpacking The Appalacian Trail – Roan Highlands, Day 1 – Carvers Gap to Overmountain Shelter
September 2, 2017 In addition to being a member of the Oconee County Hiking Club, my friend and frequent hiking companion, Wayne, is also a hike leader for the GNHA Hiking Club based out of Greenville, SC. On Saturday, I joined Wayne and his friend Jan (who is also a member of the Greenville group),… Read More Chattooga River Trail – Cherry Hill To Russell Bridge
July 15th, 2017 This past Saturday, Wayne, Pam, and I met at the Mountain View Restaurant in Walhalla, early in the morning for a quick breakfast (Yes, I ordered a biscuit, with sausage and egg to be specific), then headed up the road towards Pisgah National Forest in Western North Carolina. We made our usual brief… Read More Pisgah National Forest – Barnett Branch And Pink Beds Trail
June 19th, 2017 On Monday, one of my hiking companions, Pam and I, headed to Sky Valley in Georgia with the intentions of doing a day-hike along a part of the Bartram Trail. Sky Valley is a small mountain town (population 250), located about 11 miles north of Clayton, Georgia and is situated in a… Read More Finishing The Bartram Trail – Well, Almost!
June 8th, 2017 The Hike: Foothills Trail (from Sloan Bridge Access) to Round Mountain Spur. Round Mountain Spur to Upper Whitewater Falls and return on Foothills Trail. The Hikers: Wayne, Pam, and I…AKA, The Three Amigos! (Well, two amigos and one amiga). The Stats: 10.4 miles with 1929 feet of elevation gain. Today’s hike was… Read More Foothills Trail, Round Mountain Spur, And Upper Whitewater Falls