Leading up to arriving in Maine, I had feared that our timing was off and we would not be able to hike the 100 Mile Wilderness because it was too late in the season. Actually, we could not have picked a better time to hike it. We had amazing weather for a majority of the Read More →

Driving to our starting point for the 100 Mile Wilderness hike from Franconia Notch took about four hours. To break it up, we stopped overnight in a parking lot for a park in Rumford Falls, ME (we did not notice the 7:00 am – 9:00 pm parking lot hours until the next morning). A sign 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 →

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 →

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 →