Buried Treasure

There is a buried treasure, Where love was written in the sky, Perhaps it’s not worth telling, But I think it’s worth a try To put it down on paper And map it out in rhyme So it’s not forgotten If it’s seeker wants to find On the upward end it’s buried Near the oak […]

Lonesome Tom

On my way in to town this morning I saw a man walking up the road with a large pack. “He looks like a thru hiker,” I thought. So I turned around at McDonald’s and stopped in his path on the other side of the Sleep Inn. “Are you going to the trail?” He points […]

Pooh Sticks, Games, and Granny

We call my grandmother Granny. Her name is Dessie but we didn’t know that when we were kids. As far as we were concerned she was the only Granny in the whole wide world. Of course we had a Mammaw(my great grandmother), and a Nana(my other grandmother) but there was only one Granny. In the […]

Pickled Peaches and a Very Strenuous Hike

So I got the bright idea to hike up to Clingmans Dome today from deep creek…right now I’m curled up in the fetal position wondering what was I thinking…my figure’s cramping up…ahh…its 11.8 miles from deep creek to Clingmans Dome Road…its probably another mile to the parking lot and then it’s like a half mile […]

Some Big Changes and Another Adventure

Last year about this time I was getting ready to leave for the Appalachian Trail. It’s actually a little hard to believe that it is only a memory now. But this year has been just as amazing so far. I’ve traveled all over the country with the beautiful Eliza Hardin. She’s going to be famous […]

Yosemite: It Isn’t Ugly

Wow. Amazing. Beautiful. Awesome. or maybe even …. <= nothing at all. Yosemite will render you speechless or at least leave you standing in awe, and if it doesn’t please go back to your skyscrapers. There should be a sign warning you that you will be left jaw dropped every few steps. Or maybe not. […]

My Four Letter Word

I’ve paced back and forth today. She’s coming. She’s coming to my house for the first time. I’ve already laid claim to the couch and my bedroom has to be perfect…well, clean. I bought new sheets and washed the comforter. My dog sleeps with me every night, it doesn’t gross me out but she can’t […]

Some Thoughts on Ministry

Forced ministry is like forced love. You can’t make someone love you. You can try and try but you can never make them give you their heart. Love occurs naturally. It’s the result of an overflowing enjoyment of another persons prescience. It starts with a look, a conversation, and it blooms into one of the […]

Did You Find What You Were Looking For?

Did you find what you were looking for? I was asked that a lot when I finished my hike and it kind of caught me off guard. My initial thought was that I didn’t know I was looking for anything. Was I supposed to be? I think it’s a great question though. Why did I […]

Why A Beard?

The beard seems to be the latest form of cool these days. I’ve been growing mine for some time but it’s not just because it’s the latest fad. I could care less about the number of duck hunters with beards and I haven’t even seen a single episode of duck dynasty or what ever that […]

A Few Adventurers

I met Blue Velvet and Gardener in Gorham, NH. They are south bounders also known as SOBO’s. I gave them my number and told them that I’d love to give them some trail magic when they got to the Smokies whether that meant watching their dog or bringing them a couple cokes. It’s fun and […]

Upper Nantahala

So it’s rained all day and you know what that means…I worked. And then all of a sudden, as if it was unexpected though it totally was not…Philip, my roommate, walks in “The Upper is running! Wanna go?” YES! Checked inflatable kayak reviews immediately. I forgot how beautiful it is to paddle in the fall. The […]

The Chair Scenario

You know how teachers say “Don’t lean back in your chair” or “Keep all four legs on the ground please”? Obviously they are implying that you could flip over backwards and hurt yourself. There are always reasons for rules and rules like this are put in place because some clumsy fool has flipped over backwards […]

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