Into the Wild (Part 2)

Into the Wild (Part 2)

Posted on Aug 15, 2017 in Mountain Climbs, Photography, Places I Go, USA | 1 comment

I didn’t sleep exceptionally well.  One reason was the rocks under my tent.  Another was that my bladder was about to explode. But it was cold outside and I was convinced that if I waited long enough, the uncomfortable sensation would eventually go away. I was wrong and eventually went outside.  After that I slept remarkably better until I was awoken in the early morning light to the sound of my tent shaking violently. Fortunately it was Ian, not a bear.  It was time...

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Into the Wild

Into the Wild

Posted on Aug 10, 2017 in Day / Weekend Trips, Featured, Mountain Climbs, Photography, Places I Go | 1 comment

My college roommate and I have a kind of ‘tradition’ where we climb a mountain or do some kind of wilderness activity, generally every other year or so.  Even after we’ve both married and had families, our wives have continued to be supportive of our occasional adventures so we’ve managed to keep it going. Usually we’ll fly to another part of the country, though sometimes we opt to enjoy some of the scenic wilderness here in Missouri. This time...

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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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