Category: Thought of the Day

The thought that has been rattling around in my head all day.

Trail Towns

You hear a lot about “the next town” while you’re conversing with other hikers. The town that gets the most hype is Damascus, VA and the town that gets the most flak is Gatlinburg, TN. So I’m here to set…

Luxury

Since my pack has been coming in under 30 lbs with food and water, I figured I could indulge a little. For 9 oz, I now have espresso in the woods. Totally worth it!

Berries

For a month I’ve been getting scratched by Blackberry plants. I’ve passed numerous plants that just aren’t bearing fruit yet. Wild plants are just a tease. On top of that, there are thousands of species of fungus in the Appalachians.…

I am One with the Wilderness

The other day a butterfly landed on my shoulder. It rode with me as I hiked for about 30 min. It was some serious real life Avatar shit. Then a giant Smurf came out of the woods and told me…

Sirens

When Odysseus made his fateful journey around the Meddeterranean, he came across an area where Sirens called to sailors with such a beautiful song that they were lured to their deaths before they knew what hit them. He wanted to…

Shelter Etiquette

There are certain unspoken rules that apply to people sharing a shelter in the wilderness. They include, but are not limited to, such things as: Clean up after¬† youself, keep your gear tidy, and don’t pitch tents inside shelters. More…

Killer Terrain

With an average elevation gain/loss of 218 feet per mile, the Appalachian Trail is far steeper than both the Pacific Crest and the Continental Divide Trails, both coming in around a mere 120. They just don’t believe in switchbacks like…

Top Down

I have finally fulfilled a dream I’ve had for some time now. I shaved my head. It feels awesome, I’m cooler, I don’t have to worry about ticks, it’s cleaner, and most of all, it just looks awesome. Now, I…

Luge

I was riding my bike down a huge hill and pedaling as fast as I could.¬† As I hit 32mph, the hill got steeper. I leaned into the wind and saw my speedometer hit 36mph. At that second, I realized…