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Georgia Back Roads: Watson Mill

Watson Mill Bridge is one of my favorite places for a Sunday afternoon drive. It's also one of the most picturesque parks in Georgia. This time I headed to the bridge during the middle of the week. I had a new wide angle lens and knew this would be the perfect place to explore with [...]

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 [...]

I Found the Art Loeb Trail!

I found the Art Loeb Trail deep in the Shining Rock Wilderness! But most every hiker in this area knows it well. The trail is named after Art Loeb (LOL), who loved and hiked Black Balsam and the surrounding mountains. A few weeks ago, I wanted to find a different way to Tennent Mountain, and [...]

Conquering Blood Mountain!

If you live in Georgia, more than likely you have heard of Blood Mountain. I remember years ago a friend, who was a youth director at her church talking about it and how she took a group of teens to the top. She was young herself, but it almost "got the best of her." The [...]

At Home in the Woods!

Last week, I headed up to hike a trail near Wayah Gap, but failed to find the hike to the top of Siler Bald. (Someone had stolen the Forestry Road sign!) But I did visit another area where I could pull out the camera. It was Wilson Lick Ranger Station, which was built in 1916. [...]

We loved Craggy Pinnacle!

This is a very fun, little hike that is simply beautiful. You feel  like you need a jacket in September in the parking area but by the time you are on the top, you are warm. We met people from Asheville and other places and talked—even in this time of pandemic there was joy. We [...]

Why I hike . . . because I can’t stop!

On top of Yonah Mountain in Georgia. Before I was diagnosed with cancer, I had this really crazy dream where I was running—not running away from something but running toward something—fast. I wasn't just running; I was competing. I was an elite athlete—strong, sure footed, and brave. Then came my cancer diagnosis and operation. I [...]

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