Appalachian Trail – Max Patch to Hot Springs

September 12-13, 2015 “It always rains on tents. Rainstorms will travel thousands of miles, against prevailing winds for the opportunity to rain on a tent.” – Dave Barry The Appalachian Trial is special. But, I don’t believe it necessarily comes from the scenery or toughness; but rather from the camaraderie and time you spend with … More Appalachian Trail – Max Patch to Hot Springs

Appalachian Trail – Bald Mountain Shelter to Nolichucky River

June 13, 2015 “Just get out and do it. Just get out and do it.” -Alexander Supertramp Between Bald Mountain Shelter and Erwin, TN there is only one shelter, No Business Knob. The trail gossip said that bears were coming into the camp at No Business looking for food. Plus, there were burgers and hotdogs … More Appalachian Trail – Bald Mountain Shelter to Nolichucky River

Appalachian Trail – Sam’s Gap to Bald Mountain Shelter

June 12, 2015 “You are wrong if you think Joy emanates only or principally from human relationships. God has placed it all around us. It is everything and anything we might experience. We just have to have the courage to turn against out habitual lifestyle and engage in unconventional living.” -Alexander Supertramp There is a … More Appalachian Trail – Sam’s Gap to Bald Mountain Shelter

Appalachian Trail – Flint Mountain Shelter to Sam’s Gap

June 11, 2015 “Move around, be nomadic, make each day a new horizon.” – Alexander Supertramp The 2.7 miles from Flint Mountain Shelter to Devil Fork Gap is very pleasant hiking. The trail is even, meandering with luscious forest views. There is a beautiful field at the gap, which ascends a hill. Mike and Larry, … More Appalachian Trail – Flint Mountain Shelter to Sam’s Gap

Appalachian Trail – Spring Mountain Shelter to Flint Mountain Shelter

June 10, 2015 “So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned by a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit … More Appalachian Trail – Spring Mountain Shelter to Flint Mountain Shelter

Appalachian Trail – Hot Springs to Spring Mountain Shelter

June 9, 2015 “The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.” -Alexander Supertramp There is no denying the magic of the Appalachian Trail; the single white blaze, the … More Appalachian Trail – Hot Springs to Spring Mountain Shelter

Appalachian Trail – Spivey’s Gap to Sam’s Gap

January 3-4, 2015 The idyllic definition of camping invokes the image of roaring campfires, sunny days, and glorious vistas. But, sometimes the best camping trips are not what we suppose, but what is presented by nature. My friend Johnny and I hiked on the AT from Spivey’s Gap south to Sam’s Gap. Spivey’s Gap is … More Appalachian Trail – Spivey’s Gap to Sam’s Gap

Appalachian Trail – Davenport Gap to Max Patch

October 25-26, 2014 It’s hard to imagine a better coupling for a weekend hike: Max Patch and fall foliage.  This section of the AT runs from I-40 to Max Patch.  Undulation reaches its first crescendo over the FAA tower, an orb, alien-like federal building with beautiful views.  Night saw my friend Scott and I staying … More Appalachian Trail – Davenport Gap to Max Patch