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Went to four places July 4th weekend.

Went to hanging rock last weekend.

Went to linville falls this past weekend.

One month left before a break for football.
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I hike the valleys in the spring summer and fall. And the peaks in the winter.

The only trails I hike in warm weather are ones that I can fish along. And hiking Clingman's dome in the winter is a lot of fun in the snow.
 
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Ramsey trail in the Smokeys is a great interesting hike..hate hiking all the way up a mountain and then back down the exact same trail BUT the cascades are definitely well worth the hike!
 
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I hiked most weekends for a period of 3 years in the Smokeys and found that I enjoyed winter hiking the most. A tough hike in winter is from Cades Cove up to Russell Field and across to Spence Field and back down....once on top of the ridges, we had to blaze our trail in waist deep snow... that hike was exhausting.
 
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Heading down to Atlanta tonight to link up with my 74 year old father so we can hit Springer Mountain tomorrow. I'm going with him for the first week, then he's going to keep going north on the AT. It should be a beautiful week, you all should be jealous!
 
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Heading down to Atlanta tonight to link up with my 74 year old father so we can hit Springer Mountain tomorrow. I'm going with him for the first week, then he's going to keep going north on the AT. It should be a beautiful week, you all should be jealous!
Back from a great week going from Springer Mountain to Hogpen Gap. I left the trail Friday so I could fly back north and return to work. Dad kept going, made it to Helen, GA for his first 0 day. He's back on the trail today and should be in North Carolina by Wednesday. I'm very proud of him for tackling the AT at the ripe young age of 74. We were doing fairly short days averaging around 7 miles per day as it was really the elevation changes that were affecting him the most. Plus the best advice he got was to take it easy the first couple of weeks so that he wouldn't develop stress fractures after a month on the trail.

Anyway, here are a couple of photos of us at the start, along the way and at the Blood Mountain Shelter.
 

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Update on Padre (my dad's trail name). He completed the first 420 miles and came off the AT in Kingsport to see some old friends and make his way north to officiate my daughter's wedding last weekend. He decided to do the AT in New Jersey while waiting to go to my nephews graduation next week in upstate NY, so, along with my mom (also 74) he attempted a side trail at the NJ/NY border that turned out to be the worst trail he's seen since he started back in April. They had almost reached the AT when he fell and gashed his head open. Long story short, mom bandaged him up, search and rescue escorted them to an ambulance (he walked out) and he got 8 stitches in his head. That was Monday. Yesterday, they entered the trail at an easier access point and started going from N-S. They intend to hike to the Delaware Water Gap together. After the graduation he intends to go to the northern end, climb Mt. Katadin and then head south and complete as much as he can before another wedding in October. If mom's hips hold out, I'm thinking she'll want to go along.
 
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Time for a bump. Our goal this year is 120 miles, we are at 21.11 miles so far this year.

We went hiking in TN on Friday, not hard hiking compared to NC hiking, but the waterfalls in this area are amazing.

-First Stop: Cummins Falls State Park - short distance to the falls, you can go to the bottom, but apparently you have to wade and cross the river a couple of times and we were not prepared for being in cold water.
-Second Stop: Burgess Falls State Park - Another short hike, but it was beautiful out there, I'm just amazed at the water here. Burgess Falls has to be one of the best falls that I have seen, and for the falls to go down on both sides is pretty neat. Going down to the bottom was slick and we got soaked.
-Third Stop: Rock Island State Park - not much hiking here, but we did add in mileage by going to the bottom of each of the falls and rock hopping. Beautiful park.
-Fourth Stop: Fall Creek Falls State Park - More Beautiful waterfalls, the most of our hiking was here going around the loops, to the bottom of the falls, and to other viewpoints. Definitely crowded around the loop to Fall Creek Falls, but not many on the other hikes.
 

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