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…

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…

Be Grateful

I realized, with a bit of shock, that I’ve become accustomed to the beauty of living in a mountain town. I drive to work surrounded by mountains, the sunrise offering a faint coloring over the sky and tinting the mountains a soft orange or purple. I am rewarded on my way home with similar views…

Meteor Showers

This past weekend was a wonderful time for an impromptu midnight hike. We set out Friday at 11:30pm, bundled up as much as possible. The sky was clear, not a cloud in sight, and the moon glowed brightly, illuminating the path before us and eliminating any need for a flashlight. It was calm and quiet,…

Shining Rock Wilderness

This entire year has been a life changing experience for me. Especially in terms of hiking and backpacking. My favorite trip thus far was my first multi-night backpacking trip through the Shining Rock Wilderness. Up until that point I had only backpacked a few times, the hikes in and out were short and relatively easy,…

Black Balsam Knob

I went on a short sunrise hike in October to the top of Black Balsam Knob. What I saw that morning was one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen. I have yet to find the right words to describe the beauty that stretched out before me. To preface the pictures, the world…

Max Patch

This is a question I get from every hiker, “Have you been to Max Patch yet?” There was so much hype surrounding this hike that I was a little nervous it wasn’t going to live up to expectations. The views from this hike were truly breathtaking. I have never seen anything like it. 360 degrees…

Craggy Gardens trail

Today I hiked the Craggy Gardens Trail and it was beautiful!! Although it was a short trail, and definitely an easy hike, it is one that I would like see again during the summer so that i can witness all of the rhododendrons in bloom. I know that there are some side trails, but I…

Why I Hike

First of all, I want to apologize for not posting for several weeks. It’s been a whirlwind of emotions in my life for the last few weeks, I promise to divulge on the details another day. Today I wanted to share my reasons for hiking, and for hiking alone. I’m frequently asked why I love…