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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 Many of the original ones have been replaced by now.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 [...]

Love the Views at Wesser Bald

There's a 30 foot fire tower or lookout tower on the top of Wesser Bald, and we want to visit it again. We took a dirt road through the beautiful Telico Valley to Telico Gap. (See directions at the end.) The road to get there is a little rough, especially the last mile, but any [...]

Wesser Bald at Tellico Gap along the AT!

It was absolutely fun to start Saturday's hiking in snow—even though it was a day old. The mountains are in the middle of a deep winter, but spring is close. On this day, the goal was to hike to the top of Wesser Bald,  located north of Franklin, North Carolina. From Tellico Gap, it is [...]

Checking out Blood Mountain!

Since I was in college, I have been driving up to Mountain Crossings on or near New Years Day. Sometimes, I would drive to Fort Mountain and walk out on that platform to enjoy a late day view. This year it was Neel Gap, without the "s," that got my attention. In recent years, the [...]

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