An Appalachian Trail Series – Virginia, PART ONE

Part one in this two-part post covers the Appalachian Trail north from the Tennessee/Virginia border to Daleville, VA:

259.3 miles from the TN/VA border to Daleville, VA

  •   536.8 miles total in VA (not including the 15 miles +/- that hug the Virginia/West Virginia border)

30 Days from the TN/VA border to Daleville, VA

  •   53 total days spent in VA

Highest elevation: Roan Mountain – 5,729 feet (the A.T. actually skirts the summit by a half mile – follow a blue blaze trail to take you to the top)

Wildlife seen: Deer, snails, a variety of snakes, WILD PONIES, many birds, many dirty thru-hikers

Virginia

The morning after completing our first marathon was rough – more so for me than my Chuck Norris-esque husband. My stomach was in knots all morning and energy levels were so far off the radar that you could compare them to Sarah Palin’s election odds (hopefully you interpret that as “zero”). Continue reading

An Appalachian Trail Series – North Carolina/Tennessee, Part One

Part one in this two-part post covers the Appalachian Trail from the Georgia/North Carolina border north to Hot Springs, NC:

195.4 miles

  •   384.7 miles total in NC/TN

18 Days from the GA/NC border to Hot Springs, NC

  •   38 total days spent in NC/TN

Highest elevation: Clingman’s Dome – 6,643 feet

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With nearly 200 miles of trail that weaves on or close to the NC/TN border, I’ve decided to combine the two states into two shared posts. When you are hiking this section, it can be hard to distinguish what state you are in – distinguishing the two while writing about them is just as hard. Thus, you’ll get to read about the awesomeness that is North Carolina and Tennessee in TWO WHOLE POSTS.

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AND, We’re Off!

Like Spain in the World Cup, we’re out. Off to bite into another adventure and take on the German’s…

Wrong topic. We’ve been catching a lot of World Cup action around here if you couldn’t tell.

We’re off to the state whose name means “colored red”. It is the only state to TURN DOWN hosting the Olympics. Who does that? Cool people do that who want to protect their city. Or, perhaps they were too busy inventing the cheeseburger or celebrating “Mike the Headless Chicken Day”. Seriously, look it up. The reason we are heading here is more to do with the fact that it is home to 222 state wildlife areas and contains 75% of the land area of the U.S. with an altitude over 10,000 feet. Also, one of our favorite people lives here, our AT companion, Fluttering Whisper Dick (yes, this is his real name).

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