Yearly Archives: 2019

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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 views of the Parkway's mountain peaks. Devil's Courthouse is located at milepost 422.4 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. It's a [...]

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 during the colder months, every time I tried, the Blue Ridge Parkway was closed. Finally, I realized that I was [...]

By |2019-07-10T20:36:49-07:00July 10th, 2019|Memories, North Carolina, The Company of Friends|Comments Off on Made for the Mountains: Bagging Sam’s Knob summit

Return to Black Balsam on Our Way to Tennent Mountain

Some people ask why I'm hiking these mountain peaks in North Carolina. I hike because I want people to know that life does not end with Chemo. Yes, I still have side effects from the treatments. My joints ache and my feet are numb at times, but I refuse to let  adversity prevent me from [...]

The Indian

Dad left us even before his death. I blame it somewhat on football and the injuries he sustained playing with little to no head protection "back in the day." But while he was here, he was a force to be reckoned with. I have a feeling that as a young man, he stole many women's [...]

By |2019-06-21T08:53:07-07:00June 17th, 2019|Family Matters, Memories|0 Comments

Let’s Hike Tennent Mountain!

This past weekend we all pitched in and helped to get the Balsam house open and ready to be "base camp" for our hike to Tennent Mountain; and, hopefully, Max Patch. For a while rain was coming down pretty hard but that did not dampen our spirits. I love screen doors! I once added a [...]

Testing the Hike

This past Saturday we hiked to Pickens Nose in North Carolina. The hike departs from the trailhead along the gravel-paved Forestry Road 83 (view maps and driving directions), southeast of where the Appalachian Trail crosses FR83 at Mooney Gap. The trail wanders southbound, climbing up through a hardwood forest filled with gnarly-branched rhododendron and mountain [...]