Smoky Mountains

Smoky Mountains

Posted on Jan 7, 2017 in Mountain Climbs, Photography, Places I Go, USA | 2 comments

We spent the week between Christmas and New Years in the Smoky Mountains.  It’s my second visit to the area so I’ve started to learn a lot more about this interesting and beautiful area.  Like the Ozarks, the Smokies change dramatically with the seasons. I’ve only seen the Smokies in winter, so I am sure it would be interesting to see another season when the deciduous trees aren’t bare.  Many people may not think of winter as a time to hike, but...

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The Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail

Posted on Feb 15, 2016 in Mountain Climbs | 0 comments

While in Tennessee last month, I got to do a little hiking on my old friend the Appalachian Trail.  I say “old friend” as if I have a lot of experience with the trail, but I have actually only hiked it once before and that was 10 years ago.  But the section I did was a significant section… the northern terminus of the trail up to the top of Katahdin, the highest point in Maine.  I thought this sign was cool because it actually showed the distance to the...

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Climbing Mt. Leconte

Climbing Mt. Leconte

Posted on Jan 11, 2016 in Mountain Climbs, Photography, Places I Go | 2 comments

One of my goals for our trip to the Smokies was to find some time and climb a mountain.  It’s been several years since I have had the satisfaction of summiting a noteworthy peak, so I was feeling long overdue for such a thing.  After researching various options and weighing numerous factors such as proximity to where we were staying, length of hike, views and sights along the trail, I finally decided on Mt. Leconte.  There are many different ways to reach the summit...

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Nambe Lake Trail – New Mexico

Nambe Lake Trail – New Mexico

Posted on Jul 3, 2014 in Featured, Mountain Climbs, Photography, Places I Go, USA | 0 comments

Most people probably associate New Mexico with desert and chili peppers. But especially in the northern part of the state there is some very beautiful mountain scenery. While in Santa Fe, I decided to finish up our family vacation with a solo hike, one more difficult than the ones we had been doing with the kiddos. I was hoping for a challenge and some opportunities to take some photos – and I certainly got both. The trail I ended up selecting was the Nambe Lake...

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Ozark Trail, Missouri

Ozark Trail, Missouri

Posted on Jun 9, 2011 in Day / Weekend Trips, Mountain Climbs, Rural America | 0 comments

It’s been a few weeks now, so I’m finally getting around to posting some pics from Ian and I’s hiking trip. As you may recall, we opted to stay in Missouri this year and backpack on the Ozark Trail. The mountain we planned to climb was Stegall Mountain, which at 1,348′ was nowhere near the magnitude of previous climbs. However, 25 miles with 40 pound backpacks combined with the ups and downs of the trail made for an equally challenging trip. Not to...

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Mt. Yale, Colorado

Mt. Yale, Colorado

Posted on Aug 25, 2009 in Mountain Climbs, USA | 2 comments

I am back from the mountain climb with Ian and am happy to report that after 11 tortuous hours we made the 12+ miles to the top and back down. I did pretty good going up, but the way down seemed twice as long and miserable. That was friday and my legs are still excessively sore. Here are some photos… -click for larger versions- Here is the elk river wind farm between Joplin and Wichita. I think some of our electricity comes from here. The first night I met Ian in...

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