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2018 Hiking Log

My 2018 Hiking Goal is 450 miles! Most of my hikes are in and near western North Carolina with a few iconic hikes while traveling. Follow my progress.

Buckhorngap Square Twin3

January 17 2015 – Twin Falls

Twin Falls is located off a .6 mile spur trail from the main Buckhorn Gap Trail. The falls descend from a horseshoe shaped valley. The first water fall you come to on the left is not one of the “twins.” It is pretty, though. Phil took these pictures of the falls. It is well worth the extra walking to see …

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Trombatore Landscape Me1

New Trail on Bearwallow Mountain

Distance: 5 Miles RT Elevation Change: 1000 feet Difficulty: Moderate Trailhead Parking: Take Hwy 64 east from 1-26 in Hendersonville, NC. About 2 1/2 miles past I-26, turn left on Fruitland Rd. Next, turn left on Old Clear Creek Rd go only a few hundred yards and turn right on Bearwallow Mountain Rd. Follow Bearwallow Mountain Road and after a few miles, …

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2014 Nov Trip Pic Official

Mt LeConte 2014

It was time for our official 2014 trek up Mt. LeConte. Phil’s brother-in-law was our guest this year. We chose to hike Alum Cave Trail. It was reportedly in the best shape and we hoped that it had minimal icy spots. The Thursday hike up was great. It was a warm sunny day in the low 40’s. Our hike time …

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Chimney Rock State Park

CRSP

Fall is beautiful and it is especially so from the top of Exclamation Point above the Chimney. I caught the light just right on these pictures.  I hope the web doesn’t blur out some of the beauty.

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2014 Nov Trip Pic Official

November 13, 2014

It was time for our official 2014 trek up Mt. LeConte. Phil’s brother-in-law was our guest this year. We chose to hike Alum Cave Trail. It was reportedly in the best shape and we hoped that it had minimal icy spots. It was interesting that on Thursday night, we were served Salmon Casserole for our meal. That has never been …

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2014 Halloween LeConte02

Howling Halloween

Click on pictures to zoom. Our hike to the lodge at Mt. LeConte TN was one for the record books and will go down in Mt. LeConte Lore to be talked about for years to come. Phil and I have a standing yearly reservation for the Thursday and Friday nights the week of Veterans day in November. However, this was …

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Sacajawea Peak

Sacajawea Peak Hike

Spending a week at the Grassy Mountain Cabins in White Sulphur Springs is something we have loved doing for the past 10 years. In planning our trip this year, the hike up Sacajawea Peak was on the “must do” list. We did this hike 5 or 6 years ago and have wanted to go back and do it again. I took …

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Sacajawea 2010 10

September, 2014

Our second time up Sacajawea wasn’t quite as daunting as it was the first time.  After I got to the swag and started up the last section to the peak, however, was still dizzying (to say the least).  This time, I was able to enjoy it more without being so scared. It is definitely on the list of hikes to …

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Montana House Progress

Progress – August 15

New progress pictures came in overnight.  It appears that the surrounding ground has been graded. The ground is mostly broken shale, so there will be little to no mud up close to the house. However, it does prevent any future plantings. Although we have a 360 degree view of 4 different mountain ranges, the porch corner faces the most spectacular …

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Elk Pasture Gap

August 5, 2014

Lions and Tigers and Bears! Oh My! Today, I ran up on some really fresh bear scat. It was actually fairly large.  This trail is fairly heavily traveled, so bears don’t usually hang around. I never heard him so I guess he was long gone.  So, I kept on going without letting it bother me.

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