We set out early in the morning for what we planned to be a full day of hiking, similar to the 17 mile hike to Springer Mountain. My arguments to John for stopping in North Carolina were: 1) if we are rushing to Maine for the mega-hike as planned, we need to train. I have Read More →

The first day of the North Carolina itinerary included two waterfalls. The first is Upper Whitewater Falls, arguably the “tallest waterfall east of the Rockies” (apparently this depends on how one measures a waterfall). The second is Sliding Rock, a natural water slide! Sadly, we could not get very close to the Upper Whitewater Falls, Read More →

We have been packing our schedule with visits and sights in order to do everything we want to do and still make it north to Maine before the freeze hits. There is a big hike up there that I have wanted to do for years, and when I agreed to come live in a van Read More →

As part of the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics, the Ocoee River near Ducktown, Tennessee was host to the first whitewater Olympic events held on a natural river. Not that it was entirely natural by the time of the Olympics – a significant amount of engineering went into preparing it for the events. It is still Read More →

The hike from Amicalola Falls  to Springer Mountain was just a stop on the way to our true destination – John’s second hometown of Blue Ridge, Georgia. He spent his childhood in New Port Richey, Florida, where we spent a month preparing the van for this trip, but moved to Blue Ridge for those oh-so-important formative teenage Read More →

I have a confession to make – I want to do a lot of hiking on this trip, but I have been absolutely neglecting actually researching the hikes. Partly this was because I didn’t want to torture myself by imagining verdant vistas while sweltering under the mid-summer Florida sun. I knew we would have some Read More →

We’ve pushed north into Atlanta and I dragged Heidi to meet even more of my friends and family. 🙂 If I remember correctly she’s counted 23 relatives since landing in FL just six weeks ago.  I can only hope I  handle the constant new faces and personalities as well as she has! The first stop Read More →

I finally managed to sort through all the photos we’ve taken since arriving in Florida, and I wanted to share a couple of highlights from our time in Florida before leaving on our trip. We were delayed due to the time it took for the service center to get parts for the RV (first a Read More →

Day 1: Aug 12, 2013 After a month of modifying and servicing our campervan, we finally set out from John’s mom’s house on the morning of Monday, August 12. After our goodbyes to John’s mom Patricia and her kitty Sweetie, we drove off into the sunrise. Our first planned stop was the nearest Sugarloaf Mountain. Read More →