The Incredible Shrinking (and Late Arriving Fall) Color Show

Higher Temps and More Rain, Humidity Mean a Later Onset of Autumn How did this year’s fall color display in the Appalachian Mountains compare with those of years past? The short answer, at least when we were there to experience it, is…not that well. For the second straight year, fall colors came late to the …

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There’s More to Stone Mountain State Park Than Stone (But There’s plenty of That, Too)

Stone Mountain State Park, NC What could be simpler to grasp than Stone Mountain State Park? It’s a state park with a mountain that has a lot of…well, stone in it. You gotta love simple. Of course, any mountain by definition has a bunch of stone in it. But rarely is so much of it …

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Standing Indian Loop Video

The Standing Indian Loop Hike via the AT In our newest video we hike the Standing Indian Loop in western NC...a very popular 3 day backpacking trip. It is one of the very few places where a long loop hike involving the AT is even possible without a great deal of logistical complication. It's also …

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Standing Indian Loop/April 2018

Another Blockbuster Movie!

By popular demand we have a NEW HIKING VIDEO... The Mt. Cammerer Hike, Great Smoky Mountains National Park! https://youtu.be/E2LCRCucfcg This is an 11 mile out and back to Mount Cammerer and its unusual fire tower -- our favorite single viewpoint in the Smoky Mountains, and quite a challenging hike. Don't miss our trip report! And …

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The Great Fall Color Chase Part III

Fall 2018...The more the water the better the fall! We continued our adventures along the high country of the Blue Ridge Parkway for a second day in search of Fall Colors. Alas, the weather outlook did not look promising. The forecast was for rain over much of the Blue Ridge, and the first thing that …

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The Great Fall Color Chase Part II

Aim high! Fall Trip to the Blue Ridge Some mourn the passing of summer, but not us. We love being in the mountains, and there is no better time to be in the mountains than Fall. Summer is an overrated time of year in our opinion, especially in the Southeastern US…hot, humid, buggy, crowded and …

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The Great Fall Color Chase Part I

The Quest for Fall…Adventures with Mikey! (The events described here have been compressed from two weekends spent in Western NC with nephew Mikey from Texas. Since then Mikey has vanished; he was last seen downloading “Red Dead: Redemption 2” for the PS4, aka 'that thar consarned infernal contraption!') Fall is out favorite season in the …

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