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Kayaking / 06.02.2021

On January 24th I set out on a 7-day kayaking adventure across Everglades National Park. I camped over the water on wooden platforms called "chickees", on ground sites built by the Calusa from mounds of oyster shells, and on the beaches of Florida keys. My original idea was to kayak the 99 miles along the Wilderness Waterway (WW) tracing a route through rivers, bays, and creeks from Everglades City at the northwest corner of the Everglades to Flamingo at the southern tip of the Florida peninsula. Upon researching this...

PCT Trail Towns / 03.02.2021

It isn’t nice to call any town a trail town because a town needs to be much more than a trail town in order to have the prosperity needed to make it a good trail town. Thru-hikers don’t really bring in much money so when a town is welcoming to hikers it truly comes from the heart. Wrightwood loves thru-hikers even if they aren’t the most profitable customers.  When a thru-hiker arrives in town, usually by a free trail angel ride down Hwy 2 or the Acorn side trail,...

Hiking / 22.10.2020

The Foothills Trail extends 77 miles as it crosses the highest point in South Carolina and crosses numerous rivers and creeks along its course from Table Rock Mountain State Park to Oconee State Park. Along the way, backpackers see a number of waterfalls including two of the highest east of the Mississippi. There are many opportunities to swim and fish in Lake Jocassee and a variety of frigid rivers and creeks. Many of the improved campsites have signage, benches, and fire pits. Here I describe my 5-day thru-hike...

Hiking, Pacific Crest Trail / 13.08.2020

This is part 2 of my June 2019 section hike in the Sierra. Original Hike Plan Falls Victim to Injury My intention had been to hike the PCT straight through from Lone Pine (Cottonwood Pass) to Mammoth Lakes (Reds Meadow); however, on the 2nd day out, I post-holed my right leg on a steep snow-covered slope, spraining my knee. I could still walk, but not with the confidence needed to push through all 7 of the major high mountain passes in these conditions. My knee sprain occurred on June...