Home away from Home: my 8th Standing Indian Loop

Amber and the girls were in NYC for the weekend, so I fit in another 25 mile Standing Indian Loop overnight hike.

These high elevation peaks are always a great way to find cool weather in the summer time.

The DIY deck at home is done and now it’s time for hiking! August 2019.



Too Wet for Deck Work: my 7th lap on the Standing Indian Loop

It’d been a while since my last backpacking trip in December. My weekends have been spent outside building a large deck that spans the back of our house.

For my next step, I needed dry weather to pour a concrete stair landing and the forecast called for rain all weekend.

This was my chance to get on the Trail!

Our new DIY backyard deck. May 2019.


The Nantahala Loop: 58 miles (in 48 hours) on the Appalachian and Bartram Trails

“The Appalachian Trail’s original concept proposed in 1921 was to preserve the Appalachian crests by developing a great trail traversing it’s length so as to allow city workers to revitalize themselves and escape the mechanization of modern society. The dream was to create a footpath of wonder and tranquility.”

– sign on Wayah Bald along the Nantahala Loop, Appalachian Trail, North Carolina, USA


Don’t Quit Your Dayjob!: 2 nights/ 48 hours/ 50 miles up Clingmans Dome

I wanted to continue exploring the Great Smoky Mountain National Park (GSMNP).

It had been 13 years since I had set foot on Clingmans Dome, the tallest peak of the entire Appalachian Trail at 6,643 feet, so I knew it was time to go back.

This was a quick trip!  I left the house on Friday/4:30pm and returned Sunday/5:30pm, hiking about 50 miles in between.

On the Clingmans Dome Observation Tower, Appalachian Trail thru-hike 2005.


The Rank Stranger: another Appalachian Trail Standing Indian Loop

I wandered again to my home in the mountains
Where in youth’s early dawn I was happy and free
I looked for my friends, but I never could find them
I found they were all rank strangers to me
Everybody I met
Seemed to me a rank stranger
No mother nor dad
Not a friend could I see
They knew not my name
And I knew not their faces
I found they were all
Rank strangers to me
Rank Stranger, Stanley Brothers
My 5th trip on the Standing Indian Loop, Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina, USA.  March 2018.