A Hidden Gem at Falls Lake!

  Blue Jay Point County Park, Wake County, NC **We have added Blue Jay Point County Park to our list of best local hikes. The park hosts part of the Mountains to Sea Trail, the continuous footpath that links the twin highlights of the Tar Heel State...it's fabulous seacoast and its mountainous Western Border. It …

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Storm Warning: Hurricane Florence Approaches the Carolina Coast

From the Eye of the Storm...Florence Bears Down on Raleigh ***PLEASE BE AWARE: IF YOU LIVE IN COASTAL VIRGINIA OR CAROLINA and are NOT thinking about evacuating right now, then you are in very serious danger. Turn on the news or click the links below.*** Looks like a direct hit is coming. Sylvia and Brian, …

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Bastille Day and an Update on the TMB

Today is the French Holiday of Bastille Day, when France Celebrates it's independence. And tomorrow may be another special day in France. What better way to celebrate than with fu-fu coffee at a local French restaurant? But our special days in France are also coming shortly. Sylvia and I will soon be embarking on the …

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The Last Miles Before the Hundred

Our last conditioning hike of the pre-Tour Du Mont Blanc was completed Sunday. Seven miles out and back on the Falls Lake Trail with fully loaded packs…carrying exactly what we’d be carrying on a typical day of the TMB. The hiking days in the Alps will be longer with much more up and down, of …

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Oh Goody! Site Updates!

New updates to Becauseitzthere.com! In addition to some changes to the look and feel designed to make the viewing and reading experience a little better, we are busy building new landing pages for each of our hikes pages with all the details in one concise summary! The landing pages will still link back to the …

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The Back Forty: Umstead State Park

William B. Umstead State Park, NC **We have added William B. Umstead State Park to our list of local hikes. It is one of our favorite places to go for a conditioning day trip in the Triangle Area! If you live in the Raleigh/Durham area you almost can't help but have heard of William B. …

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