Check this page to see when new items have been added to this website
Note that I post photos from a lot more hikes in my SmumMug Gallery. Those usually get posted within a day or two of the hike, with the most recently done hike posted first. The webpages get built whenever!!
December 20, 2015 - A volunteer with Jones Gap State Park told me the Hospital Rock trail is back open!! Such good news. I hope to hike this trail soon to get a first hand look and will update my page on that hike when I do.
May 29, 2015 - Trip report of an exploratory/bushwhack hike that headed east from Lost Cove. I've noticed an old roadbed that heads east from this abandoned community on my various trips there, and I was curious if it went over the mountain to the small community of Poplar, NC.
December 29, 2014 - 2 Trip reports posted: a 6.4 mile loop hike that includes stops at 3 waterfalls: Greenland Creek Falls, Halfway Falls, and Carlton Falls, in Panthertown, in the Nantahala National Forest, NC., and nearby Raven Rock Falls.
November 20, 2014 - Trip report from a 9.1 mile round trip hike to High Bethel on Cold Mountain, located in Panthertown in the Nantahala National Forest, NC.
November 9, 2014 - A new entry on my Spiritual Ramblings page.
September 9, 2014 - Lost Cove, located in Yancey County, NC is a ghost town of sorts ... it was the home for a community of mountain folk from the mid 1800's to the 1950's. Now, nature is slowing taking over this place, but there are still lots of remains from this once thriving community A neat place to hike to and spend a day!
August 25, 2014 - Don't faint, but I've finally started in on this website's Spiritual Ramblings section, a mere 5 years after getting this website up and going!
August 15, 2014 - Moonshine and Confusion Falls, located in northern Greenville County, SC are only 0.2 mile apart, and are well worth the hike to get to. This page lists 4 different routes to these two beauties. But be aware that the EASIEST route is 7.4 miles round trip. The hardest route has you traversing over 1000 foot elevation change along a boulder garden at the base of Caesars Head. Check out this page for maps of all 4 routes, as well as elevation profiles.
March 15, 2014 - Trip report on the Twin Falls that are in South Carolina (not to be confused with the Twin Falls just outside of Brevard, NC). There are two trails to these falls ... one that takes you to an observation deck directly across from the falls' base; a second which takes you right to the top of the main drop.
March 12, 2014 - Trip report of a bushwhack to a previously undocument waterfall on an unnamed tributary off Rocky Bottom Creek, near Rocky Bottom, SC. This one's a beauty!.
February 11, 2014 - Slightly different kind of trip report: Things you find in the woods when you DON'T find what you'd planned to hike to.
February 4, 2014 - Trip report of my hike to the Waterfall on Kuykendall Creek. 9 mile loop hike, with a bushwhack of about 0.3 mile down to the creek. Even without the bushwhack, this is a nice loop hike.
January 11, 2014 - Trip report of my hike to Laurel Fork Falls along the Foothills Trail. Did you know it's only a little over 4 miles, one way to this beauty??
December 30, 2013 - I've updated my page on Rough Creek Watershed Trail with information on some newly published maps of the area.
December 25, 2013 - I've updated my page on Devil's Creek Trail. This trail now connects with Lost Cove Trail. The page includes info on making a 9.1 loop hike all around Flattop Mountain.
December 22, 2013 - A 3 mile hike/bushwhack to Side Pocket Falls on the Horsepasture River.
December 19, 2013 - I've updated my page on making your own seitan.
December 15, 2013 - Well, my new year's resolution is to update this website better!! I've actually been hiking a whole lot, just not getting the hikes onto these pages. Pretty much all of them get into my SmugMug Galleries, complete with GPS track and elevation profile.
BUT!! I've got a superb hike posted for my current update ... this is bushwhack hike from Raven Cliff Falls (or at a least the trail that leads to the suspension bridge over the falls), across Julian Creek, over to Raven Cliff CLIFF ... that is the cliff ridgeline that is called Raven Cliff, not the waterfall, then down some old forest roads to Burgess road in Greenville County, SC.
July 4, 2013 - Mountains to Sea Trail, from Craggy Gardens to Walker Knob Overlook posted.
June 18, 2013 - Hike to the four waterfalls: Brasstown and Little Brasstown Falls posted.
June 10, 2013 - 9.2 mile Yellow Gap from Roaring Creek Trailhead to Little Hump and Hump Mountain posted.
May 31, 2013 - 10.1 mile loop hike that goes from Brown's Gap, following the AT to Groundhog Trail, to Rube Rock Trail and back to Brown's Gap.
May 20, 2013 - 8.4 mile loop hike along logging roads on Fork Mountain posted. Hike begins and ends at the Daniel Boone Boy Scout Camp.
April 7, 2013 - Well, I finally have a NON hiking related update!! Posted about a great new recipe from Nava Atlas: Seitan and Greens with Polenta.
March 19, 2013 - Rough Creek Watershed in northern Haywood County, NC posted.
January 15, 2013 - Hospital Rock Trail to Falls Creek Falls in Jones Gap State Park posted.
November 21, 2012 - Hike from Bracken Mountain Preserve to John's Rock and the Fish Hatchery posted.
October 28, 2012 - (Eek ... 2 1/2 months and no updates!) Hike down Henson Creek in Linville Gorge posted.
August 9, 2012 - Hike in the newly created Bracken Mountain Preserve in Brevard, NC posted.
July 20, 2012 - Review of a new Tofu Press posted. This product is GREAT!!
May 20, 2012 - Hike to the waterfalls on Bee Cove Creek in Oconee County, SC posted.
April 10, 2012 - Black Balsam to Daniel Boone Boy Scout Camp (by way of Little East Fork Trail) posted.
March 27, 2012 - Ashmore Heritage Trail in Greenville County, SC posted.
March 19, 2012 - Chestnut Ridge Heritage Trail in Greenville County, SC posted.
February 28, 2012 - Rock Jock Trail in Linville Gorge posted.
November 7, 2011 - 7.2 mile loop hike that follows the first part of Art Loeb Trail, over to North Slope Trail and back to Davidson River Campground posted.
November 7, 2011 - Hike to the top of Mount Hardy via Mountains to Sea Trail posted.
October 20, 2011 - The 8.7 mile Dismal Trail / Naturaland Trust Trail loop trail report has been updated with new pictures, and a GPS track and profile.
April 28, 2011 - Twelve mile section of the Palmetto Trail (also called the Blue Ridge Electric Co-op Passage) which goes from Table Rock State Park to US178 posted.
April 15, 2011 - Daniel Boone Boy Scout Camp up to Fork Mountain page updated to include loop options up to Ivestor Gap Trail.
April 8, 2011 - Thrift Cove Loop hike posted.
March 29, 2011 - Hike from Daniel Boone Boy Scout Camp up to Fork Mountain posted.
March 8, 2011 - Turkey Pen Trailhead to the Pisgah District Ranger Station posted.
November 24, 2010 - Trail to Cold Mountain from Shining Rock/Black Balsam posted.
November 3, 2010 - Pecan-Lentil Burger recipe posted.
September 16, 2010 - Post on the Goats on the Roan posted.
September 8, 2010 - Recipe for Barbecued Tofu updated.
August 31, 2010 - Trip report for Overmountain Victory Trail to Yellow Mountain Gap on the AT added.
August 10, 2010 - Trip report for Carvers Gap to Grassy Ridge Bald added.
June 16, 2010 - Updated the recipe for Gluten Free Biscuits.
June 13, 2010 - Recipe added for Quiche with Greens.
May 31, 2010 - Page added for Devil's Creek Trail hike, including how to connect with Lost Cove Trail.
May 25, 2010 - Page added discussing what Nutritional Yeast is.
May 6, 2010 - Trip report for Twin Falls hike in Pisgah National Forest uploaded.
April 25, 2010 - Recipe for Gluten Free Drop Biscuits added.
April 17, 2010 - With the recent purchase of my first GPS, and several months' worth of using it and learning how to download and record tracks, I'll now be adding GPX files for downloading, as well as maps showing the tracks of each hike to each of my trip reports. First one to which I've added this: Table Rock Hike.
I've also added a trip report for hiking to Table Rock via Pinnacle Mountain Trail, including a stop at Mill Creek waterfall. GPS data is included on this as well.
April 10, 2010 - Page on how to make your own tofu updated with a wonderful link to a page on making your own tofu press. I also updated the directions on tofu making re: how much coagulant to use, showing how to titrate the amount used so you use the lowest amount necessary (if you put in WAY, WAY too much, your tofu will be bitter).
January 23, 2010 - Perfect soup and sandwich meal.
September 25, 2009 - The Forest Service has closed Avery Creek Road (FS 477) due to the mudslide that occurred on that road during the heavy rains of Sept 19/20. The road is closed on the southern end just after the horse stables (approximately 2 miles up the road from highway 276). Not sure where it is closed off on the upper end. If heading to Avery Creek Trail/Clawhammer Trail, etc, you'll have approximately 0.4 mile walk on the road beyond the gate to get to the trailhead.
September 24, 2009 - No trip report (yet), but pictures of Twin Falls along Avery Creek Trail following the heavy rains of this past weekend. Also a couple photos of the mudslide along Avery Creek Road.
September 13, 2009 - Bill Kimball trail description added.
August 23, 2009 - New posting on my Spiritual Ramblings page.
August 22, 2009 - 2 videos added to show the steps involved in drying okara in order to make Parmesan Cheese. The first shows what the okara looks like after the first few hours of drying, and the second shows the step for grinding it to a granular powder.
August 9, 2009 - Penne Pasta in Bechamel Sauce added.
August 2, 2009 - Page of saved Cold Mountain webcam images uploaded. See the Fire Tower page for a description of the short hike to the top of Frying Pan Mountain, which is the location of this webcam's camera.
July 31, 2009 - Coontree Trail report added.
July 17, 2009 - I recently bought a Swiss Diamond non-stick skillet. This pan is so non-stick that you don't need ANY oil or pan spray or anything! I've added a page that has a video showing this pan in action cooking a tofu omelette, without any oil at all!
July 11, 2009 - Recipe and picture for Buckwheat Pancakes added (and they're gluten free!!).
June 27, 2009 - Recipe for Black Bean Topped Polenta Slices added to Vegan Section.
June 26, 2009 - High Falls trip report added to Hiking Reports (there are many waterfalls named HIGH FALLS. This is the one on the upper end of South Mills River.)