April 11, 2008

Back from Vacation, er, hiking in the GSMNP….

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 9:40 am by charlesshyblosky

  • Hawaii trip postponed due to Aloha, ATA going belly up, thanks guys, great week to cancel my flights.  Bankruptcy sucks.. 
  • So, i still wanted to get out somewhere, so I chose the most remote location in the  Eastern US, the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Appalachian Trail.  Jon and I tackled a 24 mile section from Clingman’s Dome to Cades Cove.  Not necessarily a relaxing vacation, but breathtaking views, scenic vistas, and unforgettable memories. 
  • We got to see lots of Thru-Hikers on their way to Maine.  At the pace they were headed, they could reach Katahdin by October.  5 stone, andTee the Colonol stuck out to me, a gulf war vet doing something he’d always wanted to do, also a father and son that knock out 70 miles or so every spring break.  Due to so much rain, no one was spared from huge blisters, and many were considering their options.  Check them out on trail  journals, so this could be fun to track their journey. 
  • Highlight of the trip:  Summitting Rocky Top.   For those not familiar with the song, click HERE!
  • I’m glad to be back, lots of neat things coming down the path of life.  
  • Sure was nice, after living a life completely Media-driven, and plugged in, to just unplug for a week.  wow…

 

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4 Comments »

  1. wanandlar said,

    Wish we could have been there (Rocky Top Only, Ha)…..Great Pics……..Lar

  2. […] great to be back with all of you. I’ll post some pics tomorrow, but for now, you can read Chuck’s post about the trip. Share and Enjoy: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can […]

  3. Aaron said,

    Who wants Hawaii when you have the AT . . . Anyways, I’m glad you got pound out some miles. It’s good for the soul!

  4. LOL, Pound we did. I’m glad there wasn’t any rain, but you just would not believe the BP philosophy on the trail, there we SOME lightweight tents, and a hammock, but the packs and footwear i saw on most thru-hikers were really beefy, and the one’s I saw with blisters were wearing some beefy boots with HUGE packs. I guess i’m just saying ’cause i didn’t have any. Gators and Goretex, you can’t go wrong. 🙂


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