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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 . [...]

Wessy’s First Time on the AT

What a beautiful spring day! I loved this hike and will go back in the next couple of weeks. The Appalachian Trail is waking up and looking so good. The hike up to Wildcat Mountain was super easy—just right for Wessy's intoduction to the AT. Along the way, she met several hikers heading north with [...]

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 [...]

A Very Special Place — The Shelter

As you approach the Blood Mountain Shelter, you immediately know it's a special place. I would imagine that it is one of the oldest shelters on the Appalachian Trail. Many of the original ones have been replaced by now. The shelter at the top was built in 1937 by the Civilian Conservation Corps for the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Andrews Bald Conquered!

Click on photo to enlarge. I read the reviews for this 3.6 mile hike to Andrews Bald, and everyone, who seemed much younger than me, wrote things like: "Such an easy hike." Then someone my age popped in and said. "Moderate." LOL! It really is moderate—not strenuous but certainly moderate. Why, the rocks [...]

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