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Wesser Bald, Part 2

When we left Wesser Bald, Wessy and I led the way down the once well-used Jeep road. Those who "lived" atop the fire tower for weeks, if not months, used it as access for supplies. We always hike back this way. It's about the same distance only straight down without switch backs. The only tower [...]

Wesser Bald Part 1

I always look forward to hiking Wesser Bald. It is a moderate hike along the Appalachian Trail (AT) leaving from Tellico Gap. This year was even more special because I had Wessy with me. So Wessy got to hike Wesser Bald and she did great! We started off with a couple of dogs and four [...]

Our Linville Falls Hike

Linville Falls is the most popular waterfall in the Blue Ridge Mountains because of its accessibility to the Blue Ridge Parkway. It's a spectacular three-tiered waterfall plunging into Linville Gorge beginning with the upper falls in this photo. The Visitor's Center is at Mile Marker 316. To find information on the two hiking trails along [...]

Back to the top of Cow Rock

I'm going to try to keep this short, so I can just get it posted. We hiked Cow Rock Mountain (again) and it did not disappoint. The trail has changed some because there has been so much rain and also because there are not as many hikers on it right now. It is a part [...]

When we visit Wayah Bald

When we visit Wayah Bald, it's usually to test something. This time it was to test Pat's "new" hip. She's about five weeks out from her replacement surgery. This is the perfect place to walk because of the paved pathway and also to hike down along the Appalachian Trail (AT) for a short distance . [...]

Love Graveyard Fields

"Graveyard Fields" is one of my favorite destinations. This unusually flat 5000 foot high valley is adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway and next to and below Black Balsam. It has plenty of open views, at least two waterfalls, and wide variety of hiking trails. The Mountain to Sea trail runs through this valley. This [...]

Surprising Hike to Rufus Morgan Falls

The Rufus Morgan Falls trail is really special. You have to visit this area! We found this trail on All Trails and it was a super surprise. Not only was there a beautiful 70' waterfall, turns out there were three waterfalls and so many wildflowers that we could hardly keep pace with Wessy on the [...]

A Few Firsts for Wessy

First time up to Waterrock Knob this year. We usually visit whenever the Blue Ridge is open but in the winter, those times are next to none. But it's spring now and most of the Parkway is open! On this day, showers were threatening, but we have stopped worrying about rain in these mountains. Any [...]

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