A Walkabout In Durant Nature Preserve

Durant Nature Preserve, Raleigh, NC *We have added Durant Nature Preserve to our list of Best Local Hikes in the Triangle Area. Though modest in size and surrounded by development, this fine park surpassed our expectations greatly. Sylvia and Brian enjoy their local adventures which keep them ready for the bigger adventures. We are always …

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Mappy Hiking! New Trail Maps

We Expand the Blog With Trail Maps! Today’s subject is trail mapping apps in particular. But first, let’s digress for a bit and discuss maps in general.   Back in Brian’s days as a hiker in the White Mountains, he never left home without one of his set of excellent maps published by the Appalachian …

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Jefferson Mountain: A Hike Fit For All (Dogs Included)

Mount Jefferson by the Mountain Ridge Trail *We have added Mount Jefferson to the list of best places to hike in the Southern Appalachians and Carolinas. Though there are several nearby places which are superior...Elk Knob for example...and many of the best views are reachable by car, it's still well worth checking out.* After a …

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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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