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Appalachian Trail - Carvers Gap to Watauga Lake

This was a 48-mile hike along the Appalachian Trail in Tennessee. This section of the trail offers beautiful mountain views, streams, and waterfalls. There are several mountains to climb. I am 66 years old, and this hike from May 31st to June 4th was difficult for me. It was also great fun.


Reflections of a Pilgrim

Read about how Ada walked the Camino de Santiago looking for adventure. Instead she found a husband, peace of mind, and a love for the simple life as a pilgrim. And blisters. So many blisters!


The Art of Solo Backpacking and Hiking

But you said to always hike with a small group didn't you? As solo hikers, we bear the scorn of the outdoor world. Outing clubs view us with disdain and park rangers scowl as we register as a "party of one." However responsible solo backpackers and hikers who manage their risk appropriately can have a safe and enlightening wilderness experience. This article offers encouragement, explanation, and skill sets for a safe solo hiking experience.