Down But Not Out…

On May 11th we woke up with 10 of our fellow thru-hiking companions and walked three miles in the dark to watch the sun rise at Clingman's Dome - the highest point on the Appalachian Trail. It was beautiful; with dissipating clouds from the previous days' rain storm the intense orange looked like that scene from … Continue reading Down But Not Out…

Dick’s Creek Gap (69.7mi) to Fontana Dam (165.8mi)

After a much needed rest for our feet, a stinky load of laundry and happily letting the tornados pass by, we started our hike again heading north from Hiawassee, Georgia to our next break in Fontana Dam, North Carolina. We left Hiawassee on May 1st after one of the most incredible hiker breakfast's at the Blueberry Patch Hostel … Continue reading Dick’s Creek Gap (69.7mi) to Fontana Dam (165.8mi)

This is NOT a series of day hikes…

When describing the AT experience to my family, I described it as a series of day hikes strung together. In theory, that's what it is. In the 1930's a bunch of day and weekend hikes were strung together by various entities to form the Appalachian Trail. However, hiking The AT isn't really like a series … Continue reading This is NOT a series of day hikes…