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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.

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October 15, 2013

Mt. Pisgah Trailhead is located near mile marker 408 on the Blue Ridge Parkway (National Park). It is heavily traveled. Park in the second parking lot, the first is for Buck Spring’s Trail. This trail continues onto National Forest land to climb to the summit of one of the area’s most well-known peaks. Easily visible from most of downtown Asheville, …

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October 13, 2013

Pinnacle Mountain Trail This trail is a fairly strenuous 3.3 miles (one way) trail. Before starting, you should register at the Nature Center. The Pinnacle Mountain Trail begins at the Nature Center. You will take the Carrick Creek Trail to the left when you get to the sign for Carrick Creek and Table Rock trails. You will follow this trail …

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Chimney Rock on 911

Spending 911 in the Park

Listening to the news this morning and remembering 911 was more than I could bear. It has  been 12 years, but seems only like last week. With all of the craziness in the world, I just needed to be outside somewhere in a tranquil setting. What better place to spend 911 than in a National or State Park?!!? Apparently, dozens …

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View from Pisgah Inn

Weekend Getaway

One of our very favorite places to spend a quiet weekend is the Pisgah Inn located near milepost 405 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The rooms are old school quaint. There are no phones and no airconditioning. The tiny little bathrooms are circa 1955. The balconies overlook one of the most beautiful views from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Hiking trails …

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September 7, 2013

This hike, we pieced together from the Pisgah Inn Parking Lot to the bottom of Pilot Rock. Beginning along the Mountains to the Sea Trail, turn south and go over Little Bald Mountain following the trail down around Pilot Rock.

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Ahnu Montara Boots

The yearly “Gear Guide” from Backpacker magazine has an honored place in our bathroom. We comb the pages, read the reviews, discuss our finds and repeat. This year’s Gear Guide edition was no different. I had dog-eared a page marking reviews on lady’s performance underwear. I hadn’t finished examining the entire page when Phil enters the room asking why I …

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Late Season Butterfly

Hiking Update

The hike today was one that we have done a couple of times and kept us up high (over 5,000′ in elevation) for the duration of the hike. It is always cooler the higher up we go, so on those hot and humid days, it is good to hike as high as possible. We parked on Hwy 215 north of …

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Clemson Game Day

It has been a really good weekend. Last night was Clemson’s football season opener against Georgia. Although both sons are far away, we all watched the game “together” via text. It was a great game and we enjoyed it even more by our “connection” to the boys.

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Honey Crisp Apples

Honey Crisp Time

in Hendersonville, as every summer begins to wind down, the locals make a mad dash to Granddad’s Apple Orchard to get a bushel or two of Honey Crisp apples. If we don’t get them before the local Apple Festival over the Labor Day weekend, they are usually all gone. This year, we have had a lot of rain and the …

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Spiked Lobelia

Cat Gap Loop

This morning Phil and I hiked Cat Gap Loop. Having hiked this trail many times over the years, summer, fall, winter and spring, we were amazed at how muddy it was.  I guess boggy would be a more appropriate term. The trail was so boggy in places that it was really hard to keep our feet dry. We hiked the …

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Zoe at 3 Days

Early Arrival

Wednesday, August 7, our second DGD (darling granddaughter) decided she wanted to begin her life’s journey. She wasn’t expected until the 16th or 17th and being our daughter-in-law’s first child, we didn’t expect an early arrival. See the Pics When we got word that labor had started, our son’s communication went dark and we didn’t hear anything else until we …

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Flame

June 16, 2013

Phil and I have enjoyed a great weekend back on the trail. After twisting my ankle the second week of May, our hiking came to a grinding halt. Last weekend, I felt that we needed to test a few little hikes and work on getting some strength back in my ankle. We ran over to Chimney Rock and hiked up …

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Flame

June 16, 2013

Phil and I have enjoyed a great weekend back on the trail. After twisting my ankle the second week of May, our hiking came to a grinding halt. Last weekend, I felt that we needed to test a few little hikes and work on getting some strength back in my ankle. We ran over to Chimney Rock and hiked up …

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The World of Retail

About 6 or 8 months ago, I heard that Joann’s craft and fabric store was going to open a new store in Hendersonville. Immediately, I thought, that would be such a fun place to work, so I patiently waited for the job fair where I could apply for a part-time position doing whatever it was that they needed. I was …

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New Hatchling

New Hatchling!

One of the five finch eggs in the “left fern” hatched out late this afternoon. It is tiny and looks really weak. The mother bird is feeding it and keeping it warm. We can’t even tell which end is the head! LOL! Phil spent about 25 minutes in my office looking out the window watching the mom come back and …

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Finch Families

Update on Finch Babies

So far, the five little finch eggs in the left fern have not hatched. The parents still tend the nest, but they are 2 weeks+ later than the right fern finch hatchlings. Phil thinks the eggs may never hatch. We will keep watch on them just in case. The four little finch hatchlings in the right fern are growing by …

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Elk Pasture Gap

Shut-In Trail: Pisgah to Elk Pasture Gap

Distance: 3.6 Miles Elevation Gain: 1364′ Difficulty: Strenuous (very steep) Today Phil took another Friday off and we hiked a new section of the Mountains to the Sea Trail. This section merged with the Shut-In Trail where we began at the Pisgah Mountain Trail parking lot and headed north. The trail immediately started up, gaining 300′ feet of elevation in …

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Hickory Nut Falls

Hickory Nut Gorge

Over the past few days, we have gotten a lot of rain in Western NC. We thought we would drive down to Chimney Rock to check the condition of the river. The creek beside Hwy 64 going down to the gorge had a lot of water and was running really fast. The Rocky Broad River running through the gorge was …

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Finch Babies

New Life on our Porch

After only a few days of putting the Boston Ferns on the front porch, 2 families of finches moved in. In one fern, resides 5 small eggs soon to hatch. In the fern on the side of the porch, 4 new finches are huddled together trying to keep warm. Phil checks on them several times a day to make sure …

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Cat Gap Loop

Since Phil is taking Friday’s off for the month of May, we had hoped to get in as much hiking as possible. This weekend, the weather just didn’t cooperate. We hiked Cat Gap loop and chose to cut across via the bypass without climbing all the way to the gap. It was a bit damp and cool. A light drizzle …

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Crested Dwarf Iris

April 26, 2013

Since Phil had taken the day off, it was nice to hike a trail that was basically deserted on a weekday. We passed only one lady hiking alone. She stopped and talked and was excited over seeing the trillium in bloom. It is so short lived and really a treat to catch it blooming. Most hikers are friendly and excited …

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Sunset in the Valley

Getaway Weekend April 19-21

Once or twice a year, Phil and I run away to the Pisgah Inn for the weekend. From the porches at the Inn, we can almost see our house! LOL!!!  Does it still count as a getaway trip? It does in our book. We drove up on Friday evening after work, checked into our room and had dinner at the …

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Maxwell Creek

Pressley Cove and Maxwell Cove, April 14

Sunday, Pressley Cove and Maxwell Creek Cove Last week’s hike around the Avery Creek Drainage left us curious about the forest road toward Maxwell Creek Cove. For this hike, we began at the trailhead for Pressley Cove where we ended our hike last week. About 25 minutes into the hike, we turned left on a foot path. Approximately 200 feet …

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Rewards for Hard Work

I recently had another woman ask if my husband was forcing me to hike a particularly hard trail in the ice. I wasn’t prepared with a correct answer at the time, because it never occurred to me to turn back when I am struggling to finish a hike. The goal was set and I had to make it … whatever …

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Four Seasons Trail

Hikes, April 8-13, 2013

After taking Sunday off, I didn’t want to completely seize up. I ran over to Chimney Rock and did a quick up and down. This time, I counted the steps. I only counted an official step. Not all steps up were official steps. My feet were hurting after Saturday’s 10 mile hike, but after the first half mile, everything went …

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