21 days (09.16 – 10.07)
Fun Fact: The state of Maine has the highest moose population in the lower 48 states. As the largest member of the deer family, Maine has approximately 60-70,000 of the cute, gangly and DANGEROUS creatures. While aggression is not their norm, they can resort to it when a cow moose protects its young or when the bull moose is in the rut. As always, stay aware of your surroundings, observe from afar, and don’t be like these assholes who throw snowballs at them.
14 days (09.02 – 09.16)
Fun Fact: The New Hampshire section of the Appalachian Trail has the highest average elevation gain of the entire trail at 329 feet/mile. Be prepared. This state can totally kick your ass (in the most beautiful way possible, of course).
Live free or die.
It’s not my motto though some may argue that it could be (just kidding, I like to think I’m far more hardcore than I actually am).
It’s the motto of the great state of New Hampshire.
And accurately so. Continue reading
5 days (8.16-8.21)
When you hear the word “Massachusetts”, what image do you conjure up? Assuming you aren’t one of the 6.7 million people living in this great state with a unique and intimate perspective, perhaps you might imagine…
Cobblestone streets in Boston…
Lighthouses and quaint fishing villages on Cape Cod…
Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch…
All reasonable first thoughts. What child born in the U.S. wasn’t taught about the midnight ride of Paul Revere? The Kennedy Compound summons memories of this country’s 35th president, his family and the beautiful, slow-paced living of Cape Cod. And, if all else fails, 99.9% of people on this planet are assuredly aware of the six-pack abs belonging to the perfection that is Mark Wahlberg. Continue reading
We turned around, forlorn from the realization that our car wasn’t going to escort us to the Lost Creek Wilderness for our planned three day hike. We needed to think on our feet and figure out “what now?”. With all the change in plans over the past year, thinking on our feet has become second nature to us. Some may call it flighty… but I prefer flexible.
Earlier this year, we were fortunate enough to be able to travel through California and Oregon, and some other awesome states, on our drive back to Michigan. Just because our PCT dream fell through this year didn’t mean we were going to let it put a damper on our time out west. The following pictures are some of our favorite shots from our travels. Enjoy! Continue reading
The Pacific Crest Trail is one of three long-distance hiking trails comprising what is known as the “Triple Crown”. Having completed the Appalachian Trail already, that left the Pacific Crest Trail and the Continental Divide Trail on our bucket list. The natural progression for most hikers is to start with the Appalachian Trail as a sort of introduction to thru-hiking. Once completing that, and assuming that you actually enjoy tormenting your body for months on end, the next step is the Pacific Crest Trail.