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MT. MITCHELL HIKE 5/27/17 TO 5/29/17

        The difference in weather between my last Mt. Mitchell trip which was a week earlier in May and this trip wasn’t much because we got a good portion of rain, again!  But, we had just enough dry in between rains this time to make it a more enjoyable trip which was okay by me because rain combined with 60 degrees up on Mt. Mitchell can be a bit chilly. Now, we […]

ANGEL FALLS OVERLOOK HIKE / BANDY CREEK MOUNTAIN BIKE 4/8/17 – 4/10/17

        I’ve done a lot of hikes beginning from Bandy Creek in the Big South Fork but this time we did a one night hike out to Angel Falls Overlook but mixed it up the next night.  This time we hiked back the next day and set up camp at one of the campsites at Bandy Creek campground then we explored some of the gravel roads on our mountain bikes for the […]

MPOWERD LUCI ORIGINAL SOLAR LIGHT FIRST USAGE 4/8/17 – 4/10/17

      My Angel Falls Hike on 4/8/17 – 4/10/17 was my first chance to try out my new MPOWERD Luci Outdoor – Inflatable Solar Light  I hadn’t used this light up to this point so this would be a great trip to give it a try and see how it worked.  When I first saw this light I thought hey that’s a great concept and knew I would buy one sometime in the near future.  What I […]

BURKES GARDEN APPALACHIAN TRAIL 1/13/17 – 1/16/17

      This was yet another trip on the Appalachian Trail that turned out better and different than expected.  I’ve been hiking on the AT many times in several states and it’s always a wonderful experience no matter what state or what time of year.  I’ve been to the Grayson Highlands many times because it’s one of my favorite places to hike and just not too long ago I hiked up to Mcafee Knob and […]

MSR THRU-HIKER MESH HOUSE 2

        I wanted to try out the MSR Thru-Hiker Mesh House 2 since the first time I saw it but at a standard price of $199.00 I just couldn’t justify it.  But, in due time and a lot of patience it finally went on sale and so I nabbed it.  I think I got it for around $150.00 which was a decent price point for me to get it.  I have an MSR tent as well as other MSR […]

Triple Crown – McAfee Knob, Tinker Cliffs & Dragon’s Tooth 11/11/16 Thru 11/14/16

        This loop idea was derived from some information I found while scouring the internet, which is how I find information on a lot of hikes these days.  I wanted to hike this section of the A.T. and tackle the triple crowner which consists of McAfee Knob, Tinker Cliffs and Dragons Tooth but I prefer a loop hike rather than and end to end hike to save the extra hassle of a shuttle. Well when I […]

BLEVINS FARMSTEAD – LAUREL FORK CREEK TRAIL – JOHN MUIR TRAIL – SHELTOWEE TRACE – BANDY CREEK

      We had hiked a short section of the Laurel Fork Creek trail in 2015 and although it was cold; the water was freezing and there were numerous water crossings it was an outstanding hike so we decided to do a longer section going in the opposite direction when the weather was better.  This time it was much warmer and the water was lower because it was early October.  Well, it worked out perfectly because with the lower water level there were only […]

Horseshoe Meadows / Cottonwood Meadows to Onion Valley Trailhead via John Muir Trail

In 2015 I hiked from Pine Creek to Tuolomne Meadows via the John Muir Trail and I was instantly hooked by the places I saw so I knew I’d be back.  So we decided to plan on hiking the higher section of the JMT in 2016. In 2016 we planned to hike from the Horseshoe / Cottonwood Meadows campground to Bishop Pass which would be around one hundred miles.  Well as the trip approached a few of them had […]

Panthertown Valley Mushrooms and Waterfalls!

    On a recent trip to Panthertown Valley we were enlightened to much more than the myriad of waterfalls and swimming holes so I thought I’d share.  There were many mushrooms of many shapes, colors and sizes!  They were so incredible and plentiful that I just had to stop every 2 minutes and take pics of them.  Below are most of the unique mushrooms that I found. I also got a chance to try […]

ZPacks™ Bathtub Groundsheet / Tent Floor My favorite piece of gear….

  I purchased a ZPacks Hexamid Solo Plus a few years back and it’s a truly outstanding piece of gear….simply awesome!  It’s super light and packs very small but that’s not what I like best about the purchase.  The removable Cuben Fiber floor is the bonus that came with the tent.  They give you an option of which size you buy to go with the tent and I opted for the twin size as opposed to the […]

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