The Friday after Thanksgiving started out mild, but we knew a storm with much colder temperatures was heading our way. There were literally hours given to us for hiking the final sixth over 6k mountain peak before the end of the year. The Park Service closes the road to Clingman's Dome and other summits at [...]
Last Saturday, we drove up to High Shoals Falls and the trip was beautiful and uneventful until we started driving back to Toccoa. That is when I suggested taking a road that I had driven before. I wanted everyone to see where the Appalachian Trail crosses this section of road. The trouble was: I wasn't [...]
I love Neels Gap! I just can't stay away from it. I think I have visited it in all kinds of weather: snow, rain, sunshine, and autumn when the leaves are just drop dead gorgeous. This time we were definitely above the clouds, and it is still very much summer. "Georgia added the stone building [...]
This past weekend I was at Vogel State Park with the dogs and while it was as beautiful as always, there was something missing. I think it was the people, those who camp and swim and relax in the little boats while floating lazily out across the water. Wow! Here's another lakeside view.
Here is a quick photo of Hog Pen Gap, which is located on the Appalachian Trail. Just a short distance south of this point is the Walasi-Yi Center at Neel's Gap where the trail crosses the mountains. In fact, the center's breezeway contains the familiar white blaze that marks the AT. The trail actually runs [...]
Why is a shoe hanging from a tree on the Appalachian Trail? This sight usually has an entirely different meaning in a city, but here it is a sign that you have either packed too much stuff for the journey or you have the wrong kind of gear. Through hikers heading north usually stop at [...]