Bent Creek Trails

Most of you know that I’m not supposed to be hiking due to some issues with my knees. I’m currently on week three of physical therapy, two more to go before I have my follow-up! At last week’s appointment I asked if I could go hiking over the weekend, the weather was just too beautiful…

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Defining Me

In light of yesterdays post I wanted to challenge myself to come up with ways to describe myself, using only one word descriptions. So here goes nothing: Energetic. Backpacker. Bear Bait (it’s a name so it counts as one word, right?). Nature. Artistic. Colorful. Adventurous. Writer. Musician. Family. Creative. Optimistic. Crazy. Outdoor-Enthusiast…. the list goes…

Who Am I, Really?

Backpacker: (n) someone, especially a young person without much money, who travels around an area on foot or public transportation, often carrying a backpack Hiker: (n) A walking traveler, usually over mountainous paths. What makes me a hiker or backpacker? What is it that allows me to call myself as such? Why is it that when people ask ‘What…

Getting In Shape

Since I’m having to take a hiatus from hiking (per the doctors orders), I’ve been trying to find ways to stay in shape and build muscle so that when I get back on the trails it won’t be such a shock to my body. I’ve been doing a bit of research to find the most…

Liebster Award (#2)

I am seriously feeling the love this week! I got nominated for another Liebster Award!! Thank you Ben On Adventures! What is that, you ask? Here’s a list of the rules: 1. Thank and link back to your nominator. (see above) 2. Answer the nominator’s 11 questions. 3. Nominate 11 other bloggers with 200 or…

Addicted to Technology

Perhaps I’ve had too much time to think lately, I’ve got a few posts lined up that are entirely too contemplative. I apologize in advance! I’ve been thinking about my dependence on technology. I’ve become all too attached to my phone. I generally have it on airplane mode while I’m hiking so I can disconnect…

Sunset & a Book

Per doctor’s orders I have to lay off hiking for at least a month. I’ll be starting physical therapy this Friday to address the tendonitis in my knee. In a months time I have a follow-up appointment to see if the physical therapy is helping, if not then it’ll be time to get an MRI and see if I…

Social Media

In attempt to expand my blog and reach more people I am branching out to other social media platforms, please check them out and feel free to follow. Twitter @AnnaJane1004 Facebook Page – The Misadventures of Anna & Bear Bait Instagram – ajbrunton Tumblr Gmail – blueridgebearbait@gmail.com

Big East Fork Trail, Shining Rock Wilderness

The winter season means that accessibility to trails is limited as most of the blue ridge parkway is closed. However, there are still some great hikes in the area that are simply beautiful, little gems in the mountains, you just have to know where to look. We decided to head out to Trail Head, which…

Facing Reality

I enjoy a long weekend with beautiful weather, time with friends, family, volunteer work, and (most importantly) hiking. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend my long weekend. Coming back to work today after 4(ish) days off was not exactly easy, it’s hard to face reality, especially when the weather is so…