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Fork Ridge Trail, Sept. 26, and Sunkota Ridge Trail, Sept. 28, 2016

Reservations are made for the antepenultimate trip that will bring my quest to hike all the trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to a close and place me among other Smokies aficionados in the 900 Mile Club. 963 more words

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Cades Cove

Most of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is heavily wooded, and wildlife usually stays hidden in thick vegetation.  Cades Cove is 1 of the few areas in the park where tourists can reliably see wildlife because it is an open beautiful valley of fields and thin fingers of forest, resembling what many southeastern landscapes looked like until the mid-19th century.  1,121 more words

Natural History Expeditions

Driving with my Grandfather - Mountain Memories in Cades Cove

Part of the reason I have always loved the mountains in East Tennessee is because my earliest memories of summer time road trips where here. I didn’t need a map after a certain point on the trip up when Tim and I came to look for a house, it was second nature to me after all these years. 285 more words



Three years ago I was at a crux. I had resigned from my backcountry law enforcement ranger position, found out we were having a baby, and started planning our move to North Carolina. 1,145 more words

Search And Rescue

Sepals and Spores: GSMIT's Southern Appalachian Naturalist Certificate Program, Plants Course

I can’t quite explain my want to become a certified naturalist. I do not intend to make a career of it. Rigorously studying flora and fauna might make me a better volunteer. 1,621 more words

Trail Notes

Why Everyone Should See the Synchronous Fireflies in the Smoky Mountains

Tim and I didn’t realize until recently that we moved to one of the most amazing places in the United States. We knew we were moving somewhere really cool and awesome filled with so many opportunities to be outside BUT we didn’t realize… 832 more words


My Top 10 Long National Park Hikes: #10

My Top 10 National Park Hikes (over 6 miles)

I completed the list of my Top 10 Short National Park Hikes over a month ago, so I guess it’s about time I start the list of my favorite longer hikes.  355 more words

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