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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 [...]

Honoring Chip on Cowrock

Now, I have Wessy with me on short hikes, the way I travel has changed. More water goes with me and a collapsible dog bowl. My single walking stick converts into a monopod for the camera. Plus, I have dog treats with me and not just Kind Bars for myself. Suddenly, I'm looking on line [...]

Hike to Oconee Station Falls

This is an easy hike to Oconee Station Falls (also called Station Cove Falls) near Walhalla, SC. It follows an old logging road and is probably a 20 minute walk to the falls. We took longer because we were walking Wessy, taking photos, and enjoying the spring flowers. This is a fun, heavily traveled 1.4 [...]

Enjoying Twin Falls in South Carolina.

I knew the author of the guide book Waterfall Hikes of Upstate South Carolina said this was an easy trail but my hope was for a little longer and steeper than what we experienced. The stream that runs beside the trail is beautiful and reminds me more of being close to the Chattooga River than [...]

I “Do” Rain!

    This is one of those summers when all it seems to do is rain. I guess I could get frustrated but I usually don't, especially when a camera is involved and when I believe you can learn from rainy days that you can't learn in sunshine. Last week, a few days after I [...]

When You Need a Quick Get Away!

T When I want to take time away and get lost in my surroundings, I usually head to the Blue Ridge Parkway, Waynesville, and/or the Appalachian Trail (AT) in North Carolina. I realize there are closer places but there's something about these dear, dark woods and thundering mountains that bring contentment and wonder to the [...]

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