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Adam and Eve

During January in the Blue Ridge, the year is still too new for blooming wildflowers. I’ve seen a few naturalized cultivated flowers showing their faces early—for instance, on a walk around Lake Junaluska last week a friend and I spied…

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Wildflowers Blooming in December in the Smokies

Yesterday, walking along Deep Creek outside Bryson City in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, after multiple days and nights of freezingweather, we saw wildflowers in full bloom. We almost missed them--and probably would have if we hadn't been looking for…

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As Snow Flies, We Look Toward Spring Blooms

It's snowing all over the Southeast today, from the Smokies to Springer Mountain. But in our office, we're going over the final drafts of a new guidebook for spring. After 8 years of research, field work, and documentation,  Jim Parham's…

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Hiking Boot Heaven: Rest In Peace, Boot Hill

  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 Early Bird Bags the Peak

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

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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