|Backpacking and Hiking|
|The Bruce Trail
I have been on a few sections of this trail that goes from Georgian Bay Ontario to Niagra Falls. My first backpacking trip was on this trail, so it holds a special place in my heart, not to mention it is great hiking (and backpacking around Georgian Bay).
|The North Country Trail
I have hiked over 100 miles on the NCT in the Allegheny National Forest.
|Mill Creek Trail and Laurel Mill Cross Country Skiing and Hiking Area- Allegheny National Forest.
I have hiked this loop trail near Ridgway, PA so many times and in every season. Great trail for hiking and to get away from it all! There are many other trails available as well. Here is an old hiking trails pamphlet.
|Conestoga Trail - Susquehanna River PA.
My most frequented hiking/backpacking trail while living in eastern PA.
|Mason Dixon Trail - Susquehanna River PA.
Right accross the Susquehanna river from the Conestoga Trail. Hiked this when I wanted a different view of the river.
|Black Forest Trail - Lycoming Country PA.
Only hiked on this 42 mile loop one time (and didn't do it all). Found that it lived up to it's reputation as some of the best hiking/backpacking in PA!
|French Creek State Park - Elverson, PA.
Hiked a number of times and a number of the trails within the park (since I lived close by). Great park!
As a scout leader, I have been to Philmont Scout Ranch three times (1993, 1994 and 1995). I plan to add the journal and pics to this site sometime (don't know when I will get to it). Some of the best hiking I have ever done! There is no feeling like standing on Baldy and feeling the wind! If you are a parent of a scout, SEND HIM to PHILMONT - I promise he will come back a very different person!
My Logs and Photos from my three trips can be found HERE.
|Black Creek Trail - De Soto National Forest.
I have hiked this trail countless times since moving to Mississippi. It is the only good hiking/backpacking trail I found.
|Piedmont Appalachian Trail Hikers
Wonderful group of people who maintain a section of the Appalachian Trail in VA. I was only able to make five work weekends before moving away, but is was a partial payment for the hours of hiking I did on the A.T. Click here to see photos from the 5/18-5/20/2007 worktrip.
|Hanging Rock State Park
Visited the park on 3/9/06 on a very windy but mild day. The hike to hanging rock is well worth the trip! Extensive views (but almost blown off the rock a few times due to the high winds)! Also hiked over to Wolf Rock, views not as nice, but trail is less used (for those like me that like solitude) Even though I hiked in March, still saw about 2 dozen people, would hate to hike it during the peak of the season.
|Mountains to Sea Trail
Hiked a section of this trail outside Greensboro. The section I hiked was two trails on Lake Townsend which is also part of the Greensboro Watershed Trail System. For being so close to a city, it was a very rustic trail with great views of the lake.
|Piedmont Environmental Center
Hiked the Bill Faver Lakeshore Trail and found it a nice, woodsy trail despite being surrounded by a town. Particularly liked the walk along the lake! Trails are well marked, with a few exceptions, but do need a little maintenance due to erosion.
|Piedmont Hiking and Outing Club
Only discovered the PHOC about a year before I moved away from NC. They had hikes scheduled every weekend (actually 2+ per weekend), but I only went on a few before moving away. Here are some pictures I took with the group.
|Tennessee State Parks
Since moving to TN in 2008, I started visiting the state parks. By far my favorite so far is Fall Creek Falls. I have visited the park 3 times. Love the great hiking, even a "back country" and some spectatular waterfalls.
Besides Fall Creek Falls, I have been to the following parks: Henry Horton, Fort Pillow, T.O. Fuller (hike this all the time since it is near my home), Meeman-Shelby Forest, Montgomery Bell , Cumberland Mountain, Cedars of Lebanon and Tim's Ford.
|Tennessee Trails Association
Joined on 1/1/2016, after the New Year's Day hike at T.O. Fuller State Park. Just by the list of upcoming hikes, I was convinced to join.
|Buffalo National River
Hiked part of the Buffalo River in Spring 2016 as my first backpacking trip in years. See Log for more info, and will go back again.
|I have done a few 50 mile canoe trips down the Clarion River in Elk County PA.
Click here for more info. I also have an old brochure for canoeing in the Allegheny National Forest HERE.
|Been white water rafting a number of times including on the Lehigh River PA., Youghiogheny River PA., Arkansas River, CO. (right above the Royal Gorge - but not through it...I'm not THAT nuts)|
|I have kayaked in Tarpon Bay (Sanibel Island, outside of the Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge).|
|I have my NAUI Scuba Diver Certification. Did my certification at Vortex Spring. Only done a few other training dives since.|
|Caving (and I don't mean Guided Tours)|
|Only been caving one time in Laurel Caverns (Ohiopyle,PA). Although this cave is "developed", they would let people explore the the undeveloped sections of the cave on their own (I think they give you a guide now, but back when I did it, they did not). I learned very quickly that navigating in a cave is MUCH different than on land since it is in 3 dimentions. Got lost one or twice, but made it out alive and would love to do it again.|
|I also enjoy riding my bike on the Long Leaf Trace (Rails to Trails Project) - Hattiesburg to Prentiss MS.|