Elk Knob – A Hike For Everybody

Elk Knob State Park Summit Trail is Fitz Roy's First Mountain Hike *We have added Elk Knob State Park as one of the Best Places to Hike in the Southern Appalachians. This is truly an excellent hike for everybody; a very well graded trail, excellent viewpoints, and not too crowded (yet.) Last weekend Minister of …

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Standing Indian Loop/April 2018

Hiker Killed In Attack On The AT

Man Arrested in Connection With Apparent Machete Attack on the Appalachian Trail in Virginia A murder has happened on the Appalachian Trail. News reports are saying that a pair of hikers were attacked by a man wielding a large knife or Machete while hiking the AT in the backwoods of Virginia. One of the two …

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The Education of Mr. Fitz Roy

The Life and Training of a Hiking Dog Some updates from the life and training of a hiking dog... Sylvia and Brian continue to work molding expedition sled dog/surf dog Fitz Roy into a companion suitable for hiking. Fitz is intelligent, energetic and eager to please. But he is also very excitable (that’s the sled …

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Sunday Afternoon by the Eno River

Eno River State Park, Durham, NC *We have added Eno River State Park to our list of the best local places to hike in the Triangle Area. In fact, all things considered, sprawling Eno River might have the best overall experience of any park within an hour of the Raleigh-Durham area. We found ourselves with …

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Surf Dog! Fun and Frolics at Fort Macon, NC

Fitz Roy Visits Fort Macon State Park Beach Sylvia and I are all about doing something new. Last weekend, we went to the beach. For us, this is nothing new. We live only two or three hours from some of the best beaches in the Eastern US north of Florida. We make several trips to …

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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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The Evolution of a Hiking Dog!

Our Time with Fitz Roy: We’re So Glad to be Adopted by a Great Dog! Few things have proven more satisfying to us than the adventure of dog ownership. When Sylvia and Brian married in 2009, Brian committed on paper to a dog. But that commitment stayed on paper for nearly a decade. Many valid …

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