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Wintering on Whiteside Mountain!

Whiteside Mountain near Highlands is always a favorite winter hike. Usually, we hike in ice and snow. This time it was just cold and wintery. I posted some of these photos on FB but wanted to talk about the hike itself. This hike is a looping two miles which leads to one incredible overlook after [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

The Drama of the Blue Ridge Parkway!

On the dramatic Blue Ridge Parkway . . . hope it's literally not the last day or week for this year. But I know snow and ice will suddenly appear and the gates will close! This was taken on my first day in Waynesville, NC, over a week ago. I rushed to drop my bags [...]

Rainy hike to the historic Green Knob Lookout Tower

This really was a nice hike and one that we can say we did! While the photos are not sunny and bright, they are a record for me that we were there and found this truly one-of-a-kind lookout tower. The trail to Green Knob Lookout Tower is listed on the National Register of Historic Places [...]

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