The “Pennsylvania Rocks” of the Appalachian Trail are legendary. It’s not that other parts of the Appalachian Trail have no rocks, but in Pennsylvania, they come in every size and simply can’t be avoided.
The Appalachian Trail has been near and dear to both of us since we were kids. Sandra grew up along it and credits her love of hiking to spending time on it with her parents in her younger years. In 2012, we headed for Georgia to start our AT thru-hike together. While we didn't make it all the way, we cemented our relationship through the experience. Read about our Not Quite Thru.
No stronger sense of place shaped my life and my future than the setting of my childhood home. On our recent trip to the ALDHA Gathering, I walked the Appalachian Trail of my youth to seek out memories.
Enjoy the glorious colors of autumn leaves along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park in October. The 105-mile historic parkway offers unparalleled vistas.
A joyful spirit peering out of an antique washing machine cheered me up as we reached Standing Bear Farm after days of soaking rain on the Appalachian Trail.
Our plan was to knock off another section of our AT hike while already in the mountains of Tennessee for the Trail Dames Summit. It took only a few days to realize that mid-July is not an ideal time to backpack the southern Appalachians.
A gathering of outdoor women that now occurs every other year, the Trail Dames Summit is a weekend of workshops and empowerment for embracing the outdoors.
Invited to Hot Springs to hang out with our hiker friends Chuck & Tigger, we headed back to this pleasant Appalachian Trail community for the second time this year.
Bearfence Mountain was the first challenge I met while hiking the Appalachian Trail. I hung this photo up at work to keep my dream of thru-hiking the AT alive.
In spring, hiker’s thoughts turn to the Appalachian Trail, the granddaddy of all long distance hiking trails in America. In the Smokies, you must stay in the shelters.
On a guided hike out of Montreat, NC I happened across this snail, a flicker of movement among the mosses draped over fallen logs on Big Butt Mountain.
Pine Grove Furnace State Park south of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania is notable for being the mid-point of the Appalachian Trail. In the heart of winter, it gets icy.
At Gathland State Park in Maryland, this smaller stone arch is almost forgotten with the heavy significance of the War Correspondents Memorial arch just around the corner.