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  • Mount Cammerer: It’s Time to Climb

    Mount Cammerer: It’s Time to Climb

    Ascending Mount Cammerer is one of my very favorite hikes in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It’s also one of the hardest. My first ascent was in 2010 with Bill and my brother, Jack, along. I’ve gone back at least four more times prior to this year. In 2012, Bill, Jack and I were part […]

  • Hiker College

    Hiker College

    Lookout Mountain. Signal Mountain. Raccoon Mountain. Chattanooga rests in the laps of multiple mountains, so why would hikers in Chattanooga go out of state looking for a mountain to climb? In the case of a hike Bill and I recently took with the Chattanooga Hiking Club, which has members living as far as 50 to […]

  • Stump Jumpin’: A Lesson in Limits

    Stump Jumpin’: A Lesson in Limits

    Some hikers have no trouble deciding, from the trail, that it’s not the day or the time or the right conditions to finish. I’m not one of those hikers. I tend to press ahead under almost any circumstances. I’m there, I can do it. I’ll push myself, if that’s what it takes. Last Saturday, I […]

  • The Cable Trail: A Humbling Tale

    The Cable Trail: A Humbling Tale

    I grew up about 45 minutes away from the most-visited of Tennessee’s 56 state parks, but I never got to experience it until a couple of days ago. We didn’t go to state parks except for the occasional family reunion when I was growing up. On Saturday, I went to Fall Creek Falls State Park–only […]

  • Cold Mountain

    Cold Mountain

    “Cold Mountain is an extraordinary novel about a soldier’s perilous journey back to his beloved at the end of the Civil War. At once a magnificent love story and a harrowing account of one man’s long walk home…” That’s from a review of the 1997 book that was made into a popular movie with Nicole Kidman […]

  • Silver Celebration

    Silver Celebration

    Twenty-five years of marriage isn’t just a milestone, it’s a cause for celebration. And on our 25th anniversary last month, we celebrated in the most perfect way possible–for us. Not a party. Not a cruise. Not expensive gifts or travel to an exotic location. You might say we went “ranching.” Over the last four or […]

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