Closing The Door On The Fires Of 2016

Closing The Door On The Fires of 2016

  • December 31, 2016

The year was drawing to a close. The weather for the first day of 2017 looked iffy. So December 31 seemed the perfect time to hike to the nearby Wesser Bald Fire Tower in Nantahala National Forest to survey the damage wrought…

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An Hour Before Sunrise

An Hour Before Sunrise

  • August 11, 2016

Over the course of a year, I spend a lot of time in the backcountry. Many a night I'm sleeping on the ground or suspended between two trees in my hammock. I love it, and I swear it’s much better…

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Sourwood: Honey Queen Of The Summer Forest

Sourwood: Honey Queen of the Summer Forest

  • July 13, 2015

In a six-week summer window between mid-June and the end of July, tens of thousands of workers near our office are busy creating a rare Southern delicacy. Made in tiny batches in the smallest facilities imaginable and produced only in the region where North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and…

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Waterfalls In Winter

Waterfalls in Winter

  • January 15, 2015

I’ve always believed that if you’re going on a hike, it’s a lot more fun and a lot more interesting if you have an exciting destination in mind. This could be a good view off the top of a rocky…

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