New River Canoe Paddling

On the Sunday of May 26, 2019, Deena Thomas and I went paddling on the South Fork of the New River in Ashe County. We took my canoe and parked at Zaloo’s Canoes Outfitters beside the river near the intersection of NC Hwy 16 with NC Hwy 88 east of…


 
 

Virginia Creeper Trail in Spring Time

On the beautiful, sunny Saturday of May 25, 2019, Deena Thomas and I took a spring time trip to the Virginia Creeper Trail, a converted railroad bed in near Damascus, VA. The drive through Ashe County, NC, and Grayson County, VA, was probably the most beautiful road trip on which…


 
 

Doughton Park Rehabilitation

On the beautiful, sunny Saturday of May 4, 2019, Deena Thomas and I took a rehabilitation hike. About two months earlier she had surgery on her foot, and I had hip joint replacement surgery. Our doctors told us to start exercising, but it will be several more months before we…


 
 

Tough Hike Leaders

Most of my hiking and back packing career I have been traveling under the influence of tough hike leaders. All persons are different in all kinds of ways. A hiking or backpacking group of two or more persons is going to have someone who is faster and stronger; and someone…