Category fitness/health

Achieving GSMNP Hike 100 Challenge

I’ve accomplished the Hike 100 Challenge! I reached the 100th mile during a hike to Andrews Bald, near Clingman’s Dome, the highest peak in the Tennessee portion of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Reds and yellows of trees and bushes provided color along the trail, and the bald was surrounded by mountains showing fall […]

llamas, llama wrangler, Mt. LeConte, LeConte Lodge

Specialized skills can help you get a job

A recent hike to LeConte Lodge, in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, illustrated the specialized skills that jobs can involve. At dinner one night, three of the people at my table were visiting the lodge as part of an environmental impact assessment. The three had to hike about 11 miles roundtrip to Mt. LeConte, […]

Hiking inspiration: Margaret Stevenson was a regular on the trails to Mt. Le Conte

Margaret Stevenson hiked to Mt. Le Conte 718 times. Most of those trips were day hikes, with her hiking up and down (at least 11 miles). She was the first woman to hike all 900 miles of trails in the Smokies — which she completed when she was 64. In my hikes to Mt. Le […]

Atop Mt. Le Conte

A “highlight” of the year for me is hiking to Mt. Le Conte, the third highest peak in the Smokies. The only way to get to Mt. Le Conte is hiking one of five trails. My favorite is the Alum Cave Trail, about five miles (up, up, up). This was a view at sunset. Not […]

One source can = many story ideas

After spending the afternoon with Mickie MacKenzie when she was a speaker in my classes, I was ready to grab my reporter’s notebook and iPod (with microphone) and go cover some of the stories she talked about. “The story” that she was in class to talk about was the Great American Cleanup event for Alachua […]