Storms, Water Falls, and Views

Before I leave the subject of the Blue Ridge Parkway for a few weeks (or less), I want to share some parting shots—photography only. The last day of our last trip to Balsam found us [...]

Hiking Devil’s Courthouse

We have vowed to hike to the top of this summit many times but because the trail is short, we have passed it by. This time we stopped and were treated to some pretty amazing [...]

Paddling the French Broad River

I've wanted to paddle the French Broad River for years but just never have had the chance. When we thought about doing it over this past 4th weekend, I said, "Let's do it!" You never [...]

Made for the Mountains: Bagging Sam’s Knob summit

I wanted to hike Sam's Knob (elevation 6,045 feet) for the past six months. I read about it as I was learning more about nearby Tennent Mountain, which we hiked over Memorial Day weekend. But [...]

Finally Tennent Mountain!

As I looked out from the top of Black Balsam, I was sure that Tennent Mountain was right in front of me. Wrong! I knew it was a little shorter and I thought we would [...]