Our last night to relax before packing for the big hike, we stayed at a privately owned campground for the first time. Balsam Woods Campground is owned an operated by a young couple who left their day jobs to purchase a campground – a story we find very inspiring! We stayed on a Sunday night during Read More →

For those of you that are hikers, you know of the White Mountains  as a stellar hiking destination, but you probably have no idea that there is a great bike path through Franconia Notch. On our way from Vermont to Maine, we stopped over in the Whites to take advantage of an unseasonably warm and Read More →

I am in love. With the state of Vermont. That table of produce on the side of the road after our hike was just the beginning. As far as I can tell, the produce stand to population ratio is approximately 1:3. I knew that my tendency to ask John to stop at produce stands on Read More →

Our hike in Shenendoah was a great warm-up, but not long enough to really put ourselves to the test before attempting a 100 mile hike. John suggested going for a 4-5 night trip in Maine as a warm up, but I thought it would be nice to hit another long distance trail that I’d heard Read More →

We arrived at my friends’ Zoya and Jules’s Brooklyn apartment on Friday evening after our long drive from Shenendoah. John was excited about the possibility of sleeping in the van parked on the streets of NYC – a proposition that doesn’t appeal to me in the least, so I had arranged to stay with Zoya Read More →

After spending Labor Day weekend with John’s uncle Rich in Charlottesville, VA, we headed to Shenendoah National Park  to finally test out our backpacking skills. Up until now, we’d been on a few long day hikes to train for the big hike in Maine, but we really needed to get out there with fully loaded Read More →

We left the trailhead near the Art Loeb trail to drive to Charlottesville, Virginia where John’s Uncle Rich lives. This was a long drive to make straight through. We initially set out to take the Blue Ridge Parkway a majority of the way, but the fog didn’t allow for any views and the curvy mountain road was Read More →