Rocky Top Appalachian Trail

AT Journals: Life Lessons Learned Hiking Clingman’s Dome to Cades Cove

This weekend I met up with two new friends to go for a walk in the woods. We're all from ...
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Foothills Parkway Sunrise

Sunrise Over Foothills Parkway: Cultivating A Rich Inner Life

I've been thinking a lot lately about what goes into the cultivation of a rich inner life.  Over the past ...
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

GSMNP: Embarrassing Camping FAIL, Walking Cades Cove Loop, Finding Avent Cabin, & Clingman’s Dome Sunset

Welp. I was that guy this morning in the campground. I was so proud of myself for waking up at ...
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GSMNP: First Solo Camping Trip & Little River to Campsite 30

I recently camped alone for the first time in the Elkmont campground in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It was ...
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Ocanaluftee River Trail

GSMNP: Orchids and Toads and Bears, Oh My!

"Bear. Leah, there's a bear!" I look up from the trail where my eyes have been scanning back and forth ...
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Appalachian Trail Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Falling Apart & Climbing Mountains: The Strength & Frailty of the Human Condition

Back around Thanksgiving when I was visiting family and half the people there were sick, I managed to catch a ...
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Andrew's Bald

Gregory Bald & Andrews Bald: Blossoms and Bears

This past weekend a good friend from college and I headed out to the Smokies to hike on some of ...
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Edwin Warner Park

Mornings In The Woods: Walking Alone

Today I saw a turkey running full speed up a grassy hill, head waving haphazardly back and forth like he ...
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Alum Cave Trail

GSMNP: Winter Hikes In Misty Mountains

As the weather warms up and I'm starting to sweat on my daily walks, I keep thinking back to a ...
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