Get a first look at the gear I'll be carrying as a Granite Gear Grounds Keeper. I'll be taking Leave No Trace ethics to the next level by picking up and packing out as much trash as possible while hiking Florida's scenic trails.
Disappearing creeks, fields full of butterflies, waterfalls and more can be found in my latest hike along the Suwannee section of the Florida Trail. I also discovered I can sleep through a firework barrage.
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The answer to one of the most common questions a hiker will hear may be one of your biggest strengths. Read my answer to the "Why?" question every long distance hiker will have to ponder.
Another abandoned hat is saved, I spot a furry creature and spend the night in the Fontana Hilton. I also encounter my first charging cord monster - hello, Fontana Dam!
Great views, more rain, a big climb in less than a mile and me falling on my face. North Carolina is delivering on a great hiking experience.
Maybe you've seen the comedy, but there's nothing funny about the Tropic Thunder in North Carolina! A late start out of the NOC didn't stop the rain or the fun, today. I got close to more snakes and a train, too.
A trail family, a dog named "Not A Llama" and some gorgeous trail led me to the Nantahala Outdoor Center.
I'll change plans today based on the weather and some electronics fail causing quite a scene! It's hard to argue with Italian food and a warm bed, though.
I end up Solo, but this eventful day on trail is filled with new people, good food and a hard-core shuttle driver.