This is short/temporary video edit from today’s hike. Unfortunately I only have one battery at the moment and didn’t get all the shots I wanted because my battery died, but I’m coming back soon to nail it. Anyways hope you enjoy it 😁
Day 2 of our NC Wilderness Highcountry loop. We got to camp with hurricane force crosswinds just as dark hit. We awoke to a frosty mist and 25 degree temperature. I put on wet socks and shoes, Michael put on frozen shoes and a new pair of socks... he didn't put them in his sleeping bag. We finished the day early as we walked over Tennet mtn via the Art Loeb trail back to the parking lot. I wore a walmart rain jacket, my trusty running shorts and old work shirt, some tights, and 2 fleece layers I got for free serendipitously over the years. We passed tens of people we named "REI ads" on the trail, received odd looks, laughter about our tyvex ground sheets and out of style clothes. But eventually we ran into someone willing to chat from Birmingham who talked to us and asked us where we were from. I pointed south and said "just over that blue wall of mountains in a town called Pickens." She replied, "so y'all are locals?" Beaming with pride I said "I guess so, we have been coming here for at least a quarter of our lives and hiking almost all of it". The reason why I don't have a lot of fancy gear is simple, I am a local, I don't need it. When I first got into backpacking I had almost no money and I used a walmart sleeping bag, a blue tarp and a cotton sweatshirt, but it didn't matter, because I was a local, its what we did, we went hiking in the woods, simple enough. I wish more people realized that you do not need much money to enjoy nature, its your public land, go explore it! Don't let "good intentioned" outdoor marketing lead you to believe you can't afford to go explore nature. After all when it comes to public land, we are all locals. So calling all Americans, go for a hike, you are a local, its what we do! #daytwo#nofilter#vaporbarrier#pisgahnationalforest#blackbalsam#takeahike#youweremadetowalk
Pretty proud of where these thick thighs and tired face of mine have taken me to this year. Finally caught up with my travel tally for the past three years. This year to date, I’ve made 57 visits to NPS units (30 new ones and 19 revisit parks) in 20 different states. Seen so many beautiful sceneries with entertaining wildlife along with great companies and some some pretty sweet memories. Thank you those who have made the time to share this journey with me in real life and many thanks to y’all for following along and connecting with me online and offline #instagood#teamthickthighs#thickthighssavelives
Lola’s not amused HA! I don’t think likes her new handsfree leash! She would much rather run wild and free, BUT on these multi-use trails, it’s a must! AND...The best part! It prevents her from eating horse shit! Mama wins LOL!
When you go hiking out of bounds at the ski hill and get mad at the jerk who tossed a can in the rocks, only to discover it’s been there for 30 years! I like to think it was “forgotten” and not tossed... #winterolympics#leaveitcleanerthanyoufoundit @sprite
It was such a perfect fall day today for a hike with mom, dad, and mom’s cousin, Emma! Mom may have stolen a couple pics from her for this post 😉 I also finally got to try out my new leash on the trails... lovin’ it and so are my parents! •
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