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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Walking on Water: another GSMNP Adventure

Our November 2017 trip to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park (GSMNP) was an adventure like no other.

Despite 2/3 of us having forded the Maine Appalachian Trail water crossings on our thru-hikes, NONE of us had experience fording knee-to-thigh high, fast-moving creeks.  And certainly not in the freezing cold.

After we reached our first crossing the first night in the dark, we had a better sense of what the next 14 crossings would be like!

Let’s get hiking!

Starting our first “day’s hike” at 5:30pm from Fontana Dam.

 

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