Start of The White Trail
Tour guides at the University of Georgia love to talk about how the State of Georgia Botanical Gardens and the State of Georgia Museum of Art are both in Athens…not in Atlanta.
And even though the Botanical Gardens are mainly a great place for walking around and looking at nature – it’s also a good (though not great) place to run in Athens – especially to change things up and get off the roads. Here’s what it’s like… [keep on reading…]
The last time my brother, brother-in-law, and I hiked a section of the Appalachian Trail – it was an absolute fail. You can read all about that adventure hiking the 5 miles from Neels Gap to Tesnatee Gap in A Bear Walks Into Camp.
But that was back in August – and despite everything that went wrong that time – we’re still hooked on the AT, and want to keep section hiking it. [keep on reading…]
College Ave. Greenway Entrance
If you live in or around Athens, GA – you simply must explore the North Oconee Greenway – especially if you are a runner.
The Greenway is one of Athens’ best amenities, but it’s one of those things that you may have heard of…but never really tried out. So here’s what it’s like… [keep on reading…]
Or, Our Experience On The Appalachian Trail Overnight, And What We Learned
Ever since I read Bill Bryson’s book A Walk In The Woods, I’ve wanted to hike the Appalachian Trail. So last year, my brother Jason and my brother-in-law Matt, hiked a short section from Woody Gap to Neel’s Gap along the Georgia Appalachian Trail
It was a short 9 miles or so, up to the stunning views from Blood Mountain…
Foothill of Blood Mountain
We were hooked.
But none of us was (or is) in a life position to hike the whole thing. But we decided to keep section hiking in Georgia.
This year, we planned a 20 mi overnight hike from Neel’s Gap to Hogpen Gap and onwards to Unicoi Gap.
We didn’t quite get what we bargained for (including a bear).
Here’s what happened and what we learned… [keep on reading…]
The Really Sketchy Entrance
I love the idea that even in the most urban areas – there are still really random trails to explore and use.
I’ve lived in the Riverbend Rd area of Athens, GA for 4 years – and only last week did I stumble across this really cool and useful trail up and down Riverbend Rd.
It runs parallel to the Athens Bypass and Riverbend Rd (which is super-hilly). The trail itself is quite narrow and rooty – but in good enough shape to run on. It’s well-shaded and is way better than trying to run on Riverbend – which might be possibly one of the Top 10 Worst Places to run in Athens, GA.
Here’s a Google map and photos from along the way… [keep on reading…]
I’m not a photographer, but I love to experiment. And I’m thrilled to live in an age of nearly fool-proof camera technology, and amazing apps like Pixlr, PicMonkey, Picasa, and Instagram.
These are photos taken of rural Georgia in Oglethorpe County.
Hay Bale Resting
There are 8 more… [keep on reading…]