Trail days and the return

After our two hour long ride into Damascus for Trail Days we all were eager to set up camp and hit the vendors, friends, and anything we might have been into.  We quickly found a large area and circled our tents like an old wagon train, giving us a nice area to hang out in [...]

Relaxing and goofing off

Just as I had done the day before I was up and out early. Leaving down the trail, I found peace over the rolling smooth hills, the long slow slope down made for easy going and in general, a wonderful expierence.  I ran into Sparky randomly in a field and couldn't have been more excited.  [...]

Killer rocks and killer views

I've been waking up around six for the past few days and it's been quite nice.  No one else is up and if I need to I can get some writing done before the busyness of the day sets in.  It's quiet, mostly everyone is still asleep, and I usually get on the trail around [...]

We have to go back

Kevin had quit and I was mad as hell.  I had 16 miles to do and I had left at 2 pm, it was going to be a very long day in the heat.  The long steep uphill in the late afternoon was draining already and I still had miles to go.  I spent the [...]

The Vortex called Hot Springs

The town of hot springs, what can be said, it is this little oasis of comfort and refuge from the woods.  We'll at first glance it is, exactly what it seems.  Allow me to paint a picture for a moment. There is just one main street that runs through town, stores occupying either side of [...]

Hot Springs the oasis of the south

As soon as the rooster started to crow, I was up.  Packing my bag by headlamp, I moved around quietly to not wake up the bunk house.  I wa Ted to be ready and to get out as soon as possible. After the night I had before, I wanted out and back on the trail. [...]

To slack pack or not to slack pack

I didn't sleep a wink, I'm not surest was due to the full belly or just being uncomfortable. Kevin had taken to hand washing the laundry so all of our clothes were drying over the night. I tossed and turned throughout the entire night, I even took to trying different beds for comfort. To make [...]

Miracle Mile

Waking up early was hard for me, every so often someone or something would thump in the night and I'd snap awake. When the sun came up around six I was not ready to get up.  I tried my hardest to go back to sleep but to no avail.  This was the last day in [...]

View after view

Waking up at Pecks Corner shelter we did what we always do, ma de breakfast,broke camp and set up for the day.  The day was suppose to be a shorter day then before, just 13 miles to Cosby Nob.  After talking with the ridge runner I remembered we would be mostly on the ridge line [...]

Liquid Shale Trail

Waking up at Mt Collins Shelter or should I say getting up was easy, for some reason I didn't sleep well.  I had been up since five and had fought to go back to sleep.  The general consensus from everyone else was the same thing.  Not many people slept well.  I spent the morning writing [...]