Hiking To Siler Bald – Before The End Of The World!

March 21st, 2020 Back in March, before many of the statewide lock-downs and closures necessitated by the Covid-19 pandemic, my wife Joann and I, together with our youngest son Jason (Jase), drove to Winding Stair Gap outside of Franklin, NC. From there, we hiked north approximately five miles along the Appalachian Trail to the top… Read More Hiking To Siler Bald – Before The End Of The World!

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