Rest In Peace, Boot Hill

Rest In Peace, Boot Hill

  • November 1, 2017

  All hikers know this scenario. You go through two or three pairs of hiking shoes or boots and then finally you find that pair that really, really works for you. You love them. They are AWESOME. You hike in…

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The Everlasting Aster

The Everlasting Aster

  • October 31, 2017

As October passes and we move into the late fall of November, we don't expect to see many wildflowers. We tend to think it's time for the tree foliage to shine and provide color on the ground—and perhaps a few…

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The Devil’s Knitting Needles

The Devil’s Knitting Needles

  • October 20, 2017

I never fail to learn something new when I edit a guidebook. Typically it's about geography or local history, or the development of some public land—or rules and regulations on trail use. But this year I've spent a lot of…

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The Early Bird Bags The Peak

The Early Bird Bags the Peak

  • August 17, 2017

I admire people who get up early. In my opinion, they get to experience the best part of the day and can accomplish more by sun-up than other folks do by sun-down. I don’t always get up early, but when…

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Taking A Hike For A Good Cause

Taking a Hike for a Good Cause

  • July 31, 2017

When I decided to hike to the top of Mount Crested Butte, I didn't expect to end up in the local paper. Sometimes you can do a lot more than just hike when you climb a mountain. My recent visit…

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Walking Into History On The Road To Nowhere

Walking Into History on the Road to Nowhere

  • June 30, 2017

The North Carolina side of Great Smoky Mountains National Park is often called its quiet side. Perhaps most well known is Bryson City's Deep Creek Campground and trailhead, but did you know there are two entrances to the Park at Bryson…

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Rhododendron Maximum: Giant Of The Heath Family

Rhododendron Maximum: Giant of the Heath Family

  • June 15, 2017

Once spring arrives in the Blue Ridge, it’s a non-stop parade of wildflowers blooming nearly everywhere. On show beginning in mid-June: rhododendron maximum or rosebay rhododendron. This is the tallest and showiest of the three rhododendron species native to our…

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