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Blood Mountain Wilderness and Preacher’s Rock

  Yesterday, we were at Woody Gap and hiked to Preacher's Rock and on a little further. It was cool and windy at the Gap but very nice on the top. It's been weeks since I have been able to hike mostly due to "puppy" Wessy and the rain! What a wild last two weeks [...]

Doing Grown Up Stuff

Yesterday, I took Wessy for her first walk at Broken Bridges and the county park! Wow! What a difference a year makes in the way this area looks. Clean, some grass planted, and no sign of bad human activity! She loved it but also seemed a little overwhelmed by the size of "all outdoors!" We [...]

Beautiful Lake Jocassee!

Beautiful Lake Jocassee will be a destination this summer with kayaks! Pat and Chip enjoyed the view while Wessy looked for—you got it—sticks! I think we paddled one area of this lake a few years back but definitely want to go again. The Devil's Fork State Park is large and wonderful but there is a [...]

Check Opossum Falls Off the List!

Opossum Falls (also called Possum Falls) in South Carolina is a place I have wanted to visit  for a while. I can check it off my "to visit" list. The falls are located in Oconee County, and the well-kept trail (only a few downed trees) offers a great hike. I'm glad I did it before [...]

Wintery Hike to the top of Rabun Bald!

  Up Rabun Bald again! This is from a few weeks ago. I'm behind on my posts maybe because I have a new puppy, who is pulling on me 24/7. My story: Beth had never been to the top of Rabun Bald, and I said, "Let's  do it!" I had no idea what we were [...]

Wintering on Whiteside Mountain!

Whiteside Mountain near Highlands is always a favorite winter hike. Usually, we hike in ice and snow. This time it was just cold and wintery. I posted some of these photos on FB but wanted to talk about the hike itself. This hike is a looping two miles which leads to one incredible overlook after [...]

Clingmans Dome via the Forney Ridge Trail and AT

A few months ago, I struggled with this trail—the Forney Ridge Trail—as we hiked to Andrews Bald, but this was a different day! One hiker wrote that we all have good and bad days on "the trail." Some days we don't have as much energy and others we have lots! He had a bad day [...]

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