Fitz Roy Rocks the Beacon

Fall Expedition: Beacon Heights and the Blue Ridge Parkway Sylvia and Brian can be found in the Blue Ridge Mountains virtually every fall, and have been since 2009. We have been trying to remember what year it was we saw the last fall color show worth mentioning. Best we can recollect it was probably 2015. …

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Hike to the Cliffs of Looking Glass Rock, Brevard NC

Through the Looking Glass: Looking Glass Rock ***SUMMER RE-RUNS: Brian and Sylvia are currently off having new adventures. In the meantime, please enjoy this re-post from Spring 2018*** * Looking Glass Rock is one of Becauseitzthere's Top Ten Hikes in the Southern Appalachians V 1.0. It is also a featured Best Hike Near Asheville (it …

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A Macro-Driving Adventure in the Blue Ridge

Blue Ridge Parkway Outing, VA Last week we found our selves with a few days to ourselves and some house guests to entertain. What better way to bring them west, to see the Mountains of NC? Last year we went out to the mountains near Asheville, NC to show some guests things they hadn’t seen …

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Waterfalled and Waterlogged: Dark Hollow Falls and the AT

The Great Shenandoah Trip Part II During the first night of our trip to the Shenandoah NP it rained. Quite intensely. Brian has been through several terrible storms in his tent, the worst probably being an absolutely petrifying thunderstorm in Canyonlands NP in 2007 or so. This night was no where near as bad as …

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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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Loving the Loved To Death Park: How to Avoid Crowds in the Smokies

Avoiding The Crowds is Key to Enjoying America's Most Visited National Park There are no shortage of published sources that tell you how to have a great time in Great Smoky Mountain National Park. On the subject of avoiding the crowds, most of the advice boil downs to, “Don’t go where the other people do …

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Is this the Best Trail in the Southern Appalachians?

Black Balsam via the Art Loeb Trail *We have added Black Balsam/Tennent Mountain via the Art Loeb Trail to our list of the best hikes in the Southern Appalachians. In fact, the Art Loeb Trail in it’s entirely may be the best multi-day trail in the South. This is just one (arguably the best) section …

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