The Great Valley

The Great Shenandoah Trip Part I Sometimes a bit of serendipity falls upon one disguised as bad luck. For example...Last week we were supposed to go away for a weekend trip, which would have been the subject of this blog post. Unfortunately, Sylvia’s business commitments prevented this from happening. In search of something to write …

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Standing Indian Loop/April 2018

AT Thru Hike Season Gets Underway!

Spring has arrived! And for those who wish to try their luck at completing the entire Appalachian Trail – the celebrated 2192 mile white blazed Footpath that links Springer Mountain, Georgia with Maine's Mount Katahdin – Late March/early April is typically the time that most will set out. Winter has not yet left the Southern …

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Fun With Fitzroy: High Above Highlands

Cashiers and Highlands, NC: Part II Just down the road from Cashiers, NC is the town of Highlands. As its name implies, Highlands is quite high up there, being situated at 4118 feet above sea level. This makes it one of the highest elevation towns in the eastern United States. Tiny Beech Mountain, NC, is …

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Fabulous Fitzroy’s First Big Adventure!

Cashiers and Highlands, NC: Part I Having successfully completed our inaugural hike with new team member Fitz Roy, we decided that it’s time to take him out to the mountains to see how he does on real trails. Fitz is of course part Shiba Inu…a type of dog specially bred for hunting in mountainous conditions …

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Mt. Leconte Alum Cave Trail

The Alum Cave Trail to Mt. Leconte

**We'll soon be back from the holidays...until then, please enjoy this re-run of a post that appear in this space earlier in the year -- one of the most popular trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, The Alum Cave Trail to Mt. Leconte. It's popular for a reason! *The Alum Cave Trail to …

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OLD RAG MOUNTAIN

***As we celebrate the Holidays here at BecauzeItzThere, please enjoy this re-run of a post that appear in this space earlier in the year -- one of the most popular trails in the Southern Appalachians, Old Rag Mountain. It is our favorite single hike in the South! *Old Rag Mountain is one of Becauseitzthere's Best …

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The Best Bad Advice On Hiking!

Want The Best Bad Advice On Hiking? It's All Too Easily Found   There Latin phrase that has been adopted for consumers…Caveat Emptor. Buyer Beware. Anyone know what the Latin phrase for ‘Surfer Beware’ is? It is a truism of the internet…if you search in any popular search engine for a greatest or best or …

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