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Rewind Rabun Bald!

With great care, we headed back out to hike Rabun Bald recently. Remember, these hikes are mental health breaks right now during this time of isolation. If there are more than two cars at a location, we go on to another place. Staying safe is first but also seeking ways to retain the physical ground [...]

Sunflower Love

Sunflowers in the south peak in late August and September. This year, I think they were here and  gone pretty quickly—maybe because of our extremely hot weather! Whenever I do see a field of sunflowers, I always think of my Aunt Eloise. She loved them right along with my Mom, who still thinks they are [...]

Rewind: Wayah Bald

So, to continue a month or rather summer of anniversaries, we recently returned to Wayah Bald. As we were easily walking up the pathway that was home to bunnies and wild flowers, I remembered that this was the first place I walked/hiked after chemo. We were here on June 18, 2018! I also remembered how [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]