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Rewind: Wayah Bald

So, to continue a month or rather summer of anniversaries, we recently returned to Wayah Bald. As we were easily walking up the pathway that was home to bunnies and wild flowers, I remembered that this was the first place I walked/hiked after chemo. We were here on June 18, 2018! I also remembered how [...]

Storms, Water Falls, and Views

Before I leave the subject of the Blue Ridge Parkway for a few weeks (or less), I want to share some parting shots—photography only. The last day of our last trip to Balsam found us chasing destinations not too far away from the house. These were places we said we would visit, but time had [...]

Hiking Devil’s Courthouse

We have vowed to hike to the top of this summit many times but because the trail is short, we have passed it by. This time we stopped and were treated to some pretty amazing views of the Parkway's mountain peaks. Devil's Courthouse is located at milepost 422.4 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. It's a [...]

Made for the Mountains: Bagging Sam’s Knob summit

I wanted to hike Sam's Knob (elevation 6,045 feet) for the past six months. I read about it as I was learning more about nearby Tennent Mountain, which we hiked over Memorial Day weekend. But during the colder months, every time I tried, the Blue Ridge Parkway was closed. Finally, I realized that I was [...]

By |2019-07-10T20:36:49-07:00July 10th, 2019|Memories, North Carolina, The Company of Friends|Comments Off on Made for the Mountains: Bagging Sam’s Knob summit

Let’s Hike Tennent Mountain!

This past weekend we all pitched in and helped to get the Balsam house open and ready to be "base camp" for our hike to Tennent Mountain; and, hopefully, Max Patch. For a while rain was coming down pretty hard but that did not dampen our spirits. I love screen doors! I once added a [...]

Testing the Hike

This past Saturday we hiked to Pickens Nose in North Carolina. The hike departs from the trailhead along the gravel-paved Forestry Road 83 (view maps and driving directions), southeast of where the Appalachian Trail crosses FR83 at Mooney Gap. The trail wanders southbound, climbing up through a hardwood forest filled with gnarly-branched rhododendron and mountain [...]