Three Plus Days at Savage Gulf

IMG_1764Along the southern edge of the Cumberland Plateau in TN lies an area known as South Cumberland Recreational Area. The SCRA encompasses Savage Gulf and the Fiery Gizzard Natural Area­, gotta love the names of these lands. I’ve hiked both areas several times and always in late fall for the spectacular fall foliage color. Last fall I began wondering what Savage Gulf would look like if stripped of all the leaves…I knew a springtime trip was in order. Continue reading

Rain Gear Required

RainThis weekend I’m leading a three-day backpacking trip, a first for me. Until now I’ve only planned b-packing trips for myself, never for a group and I’ve never officially lead a group. And it’s going to rain, pour, possibly a gully washer, severe at times.

Gear list: umbrella-check, coloring book-check, rain jacket-check, crayons-check, rain skirt-check, water wings-check, snorkel-check, flippers-check…good to go.

Pot Cozies — A Winter Essential

IMG_1261If you enjoy winter backpacking/hiking/camping then you know how good a hot meal makes you feel at the end of the day. Hot food and drinks not only warms my sprits but it adds warmth and fuel to my body on a cold day or night.

A pot cozy is one of my winter essentials, the cozy keeps my heated water hot and if I eat from my pot it’s easier to hold the hot pot, best of all my meals stay hot to the last bite. Cozies save fuel, ultra-light, easy to make, materials are cheap and easy to get and they simply work.
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