Sandy Rumsey


…an ordinary person

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2020 Hiking Log

Miles Hiked in 2020

Total Elevation Gain: 28,703 ft


“If you don’t know where you’re going, you might end up someplace else.” —- Yogi Berra

Our family hikes in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Smokys as well as the Northern Rockies. We live in Henderson County, NC and have a second home in Meagher County, Montana. We are obviously mountain people. 

Our family is scattered all over the east coast from New Hampshire to Georgia. We have 1 grandson and 2 granddaughters and we are hoping they will grow up to enjoy the outdoors as much as we do. Our sons are doing everything in their power to make that happen with hiking, fishing and camping trips.

“If we begin to teach our children a love of the out of doors at a young age, we give them a lifetime of joy, peace and contentment.” — Sandy Rumsey


MY North Carolina Wildflowers

The Blue Ridge Mountains as well as the Smokys are renowned for their spring wildflowers.  I try to catch as many as possible on camera.

my montana wildflowers

The Northern Rockies are unforgiving. However, wildflowers pop up during the wet seasons. My time there is limited, but I try to find as many as possible during my stay.

favorite hikes

Mt. LeConte, TN is one of our very favorite places to go each year.   We have being going for years … decades, even. 

TRAIL descriptions

Check out some of the trails in our area.  

Recent Blog Posts

Richland Balsam Summit Loop

Richland Balsam Summit Loop

"If you don't know where you're going, you might end up someplace else." ---- Yogi BerraRichland Balsam Summit Loop Distance: 1.5 Miles Out and Back Elevation Gain: 400 ft. Difficulty: Easy For our second hike today, we stopped at the highest point on the Parkway,...

Waterrock Knob

Waterrock Knob

"If you don't know where you're going, you might end up someplace else." ---- Yogi BerraWaterrock Knob Distance: 1.2 Miles Out and Back Elevation Gain: 459 ft. Difficulty: Easy Paved Trail It had been years since we had been to Waterrock Knob.  The parking area is...

The Mountains are Calling…

“… & I must go & I will work on while I can, studying incessantly.”—John Muir

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It doesn't matter how slowly you go, as long as you DO NOT STOP

---- Confucious

a journey of a thousand miles begins with just one step

----Lao Tzu

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