Just Your Average Pleasant Day Hike – Bartram Trail and Buckeye Creek Loop

January 6th, 2020 On Monday, Wayne, Pam and I, drove towards Franklin NC and to the trailhead for the Bartram Trail at Hickory Knoll Road. Our intentions were to hike along this section of the Bartram Trail for as long as our time would permit, then turn around and head back to our vehicle. As… Read More Just Your Average Pleasant Day Hike – Bartram Trail and Buckeye Creek Loop

Hiking The A.T. In The Rain, Wind, And Cold – Hogback Ridge Shelter to Whistling Gap

At about 3:05 am, I was awoken by a flash of lightning and a clap of thunder. The rain was coming down in droves and the wind was blowing hard. My tent wasn’t leaking, but because the air was so filled with moisture, a ton of condensation had formed inside. The top of my down… Read More Hiking The A.T. In The Rain, Wind, And Cold – Hogback Ridge Shelter to Whistling Gap

A Shaky Start – Hiking The A.T. From Sam’s Gap To Hogback Ridge Shelter

As many of you know, my friend and hiking companion Wayne Garland, is thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. He started his northbound hike on March 7th at Springer Mountain in Georgia. Several times since then, Pam, Jan, and I, have driven to various gaps along the trail, then hiked in a few miles to meet up… Read More A Shaky Start – Hiking The A.T. From Sam’s Gap To Hogback Ridge Shelter