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 →

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 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 →

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 →

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 →