Hike 20/52 Mile 93.5/300 Elevation gain 302ft Today’s hike to Rufus Morgan Falls, the tallest waterfall in Macon County, was short but extra sweet because my friend Shannon went hiking with me for the first time ever! It was snowing for a bit even though it was 45 degrees, and the falls were swollen from recent rains. What a great way to start the day. . . . . . #828isgreat #southernappalachia #gooutsideandplay #getoutstayout #optoutside #forceofnature #sweatydirtyhappy #girlswhohike #hikelikeagirl #adventurelikeagirl #allwomenalltrails #franklinNC #chasingwaterfalls #WC100 #outtherepodcast #getoutmoretour #getyourassintonature #fatgirlshiking #takingupspaceoutdoors #outdoorsforeveryBODY #fatandoutdoorsy #alltrails #waterfalls #wildeast #nantahalanationalforest #publiclandowner #outdoorwomen #womaninthewild #thisgirlhikes 1 day ago
“...I caution you, the exact placement of the aperture to home changes from time to time, so its location this month may be different from last.” - Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Women Who Run With the Wolves. ——— I’m still very slowly working my way through this book. Right now I’m reading (and re-reading) the chapter on homing. I think it resonates so deeply because of my current situation. I am “home” if home is the place you grew up, the place your first friends still live, the place your family is deeply rooted to. But this place feels foreign to me. I feel like a stranger even when I’m around people I’ve known for years. I’m an outsider in my views, beliefs, and life experiences. People that don’t know or don’t remember me ask, “you’re not from around here, are you?” It has me thinking about what home really is. What is home to you? . . . . . #mymountainhome #wildeast #blueridgemoments #blueridemountains #828isgreat #WNC #franklinNC #optoutside #getoutthere #getoutmoretour #gooutsideandplay #getoutstayout #outtherepodcast #bartramtrail #appalachiantrail #trektheAT #womenwhorunwiththewolves #cultivationofthewildwoman #wildwomanarchetype #books #quotesfrombooks #withguthook #alltrails #gaiagps #southernappalachia #takemebackpacking 4 days ago
Sun’s out tongues out. ——— Seriously though, what gorgeous weather the last couple days. I hope one of you was out there enjoying it extra for me while I was stuck in clinicals all day. . . . . . #tongueouttuesday #appalachiantrail #trektheat #whiteblaze #georgiatomaine #foottravelonly #optoutside #outtherepodcast #getoutthere #getoutmoretour #gooutsideandplay #WNC #franklinNC #828isgreat #WNCdogs #hikingwithdogs #dogsthathike #dogsoutdoors #standardpoodle #traildog #withguthook #appalachiantraildog #gbg #publiclandowner #nantahalanationalforest 5 days ago
I’m looking for recommendations for a 4th of July week hiking destination. Continental US only, and I’ll be flying in. Must have: • High elevation mountains • Favorable summer weather • Good public transportation options • Cheap flights out of Atlanta • Lots of public land for cheap camping ——— I’m planning a road trip to Colorado at the end of July already, so I wanted to consider other locations. I KNOW Denver fits all of my requirements. What other places should I look into? ——— Photo taken in Eagles Nest Wilderness, Colorado, July 2018. . . . . . #wildflowers #travelstoke #hiking #backpacking #thetrek #takemebackpacking #coloRADo #colorfulcolorado #4thofJuly #summervibes #publiclandowner #mymountainhome #summervacation #gooutsideandplay #optoutside #exploremore #getoutthere #outtherepodcast #getoutstayout #getoutmoretour #themountainsarecalling #getyourassintonature #makeyourownadventures #adventureanywhere #alltrails #takeahike #flowerpower #rockymountainhigh #elevatedperspective #altitudeadjustment 1 week ago
#KulaCouture photo contest: Why is wilderness important? ——— Wilderness is a wonderful teacher. It teaches us grit and determination. It teaches us history and science and even math if you look hard enough. It teaches us self-sufficiency. It teaches us to love our bodies for what they can accomplish. Maybe most importantly, it teaches us how interconnected we really are to the wild world. ——— Wilderness is a refuge. It’s a safe space where you can allow your thoughts to run free and express yourself without judgment. Wilderness is the great equalizer, for I never met a bird or a tree who cares what your zip code is, what color your skin is, what pant size you wear, or who you love. ——— Why is wilderness important, to you? Check out @kulacloth for details on how to enter to win every Kula Cloth in production. . . . . . #828isgreat #nantahalanationalforest #southernappalachia #gooutsideandplay #WNC #franklinNC #optoutside #forceofnature #sweatydirtyhappy #womenwhohike #girlswhohike #hikelikeagirl #adventurelikeagirl #fatgirlshiking #takingupspaceoutdoors #fatandoutdoorsy #outdoorsforeveryBODY #mybodytookmehere #gooutsideandplay #outtherepodcast #getourthere #allwomenalltrails #publiclandowner #LNT #leavenotrace #alltrails #outdoorwomen #myblueridge #mymountainhome #wildeast 1 week ago
The current @outtherepodcast ambassador theme is #control. This word brings to mind a lot of things, but I want to take it in the direction of response and emotion. ——— I remember when I first started hiking, and even during my first thru-hike attempt, sometimes feeling defeated or disheartened when conditions were less than ideal. Raining wasn’t hiking weather, and hailing definitely wasn’t. Why was that mountain so steep, and was that downhill ever going to end. If I could just get to the next town, or shelter, or water source more quickly. These thoughts often placed a negative shadow over the experience I was having in the moment. ——— I’ve done a lot of work on taking control of my negative emotions in situations where the hiking is hard or uncomfortable, reminding myself that I’m out there to HIKE not to get to the end of the hike. I’ve learned to enjoy the feeling of my muscles working hard to push me up mountains, and to take delight in the way the forest smells when it’s raining. We don’t always get the view we worked so hard to achieve, but that doesn’t change the fact that we made it to the top. ——— Now, if only I could find it in me to take control of the negative emotions in my day-to-day life the same way 😂. What have you taken control of in your life? Let’s talk about it in the comments 👇🏻. . . . . . #gooutsideandplay #humanpoweredadventures #appalachiantrail #optoutside #trektheAT #withguthook #georgiatomaine #outtherepodcast #WNC #franklinNC #828isgreat #ashevilletrails #southernappalachia #getoutmoretour #allweatherhiker #ospreypacks #forceofnature #myblueridge #blueridgemoments #admiringtheview #nantahalanationalforest #publiclandowner #appalachiantrials #makeyourownadventures #getoutstayout #neverstopexploring #takeahike #appalachianhikers #wildeast 1 week ago
What backpacking really looks like: trying to stay warm while doing plantar stretches while waiting for dinner to cook 😂. ——— • Tarp and hammock by @warbonnetoutdoors • Quilt by @jacks_r_better_quilts • Fleece lined leggings by @kindapparelco • Bear bag by @zpacks • Snuggle buddy by @poodlesonadventures . . . . . #appalachiantrail #trektheAT #girlswhohike #hikelikeagirl #adventurelikeagirl #womenwhohike #allwomenalltrails #optoutside #forceofnature #swearydirtyhappy #womaninthewild #hikingwithdogs #appalachianhikers #wandernorthga #georgiahikers #appalachiantrials #takemebackpacking #hammockcamping #shesgonecamping #at2019 #thegreatoutdogs #humanpoweredadventures #fatgirlshiking #foottravelonly #outtherepodcast #gooutsideandplay #georgiatomaine #withguthook #fatandoutdoorsy #takingupspaceoutdoors 1 week ago
It’s only been two days and I’m already longing to be out on another adventure with this guy. Hiking is so much more fun following a poodle butt through the woods. . . . . . #outtherepodcast #getoutthere #getoutmoretour #gooutsideandplay #optoutside #hikingwithdogs #WNCdogs #WNC #828isgreat #franklinNC #mymountainhome #wildeast #myblueridge #dogsthathike #standardpoodle #poodlesonadventures #adventuredog #hikingbuddy #traildog #tongueouttuesday #southernappalachia #dogsoutdoors #thegreatoutdogs #ashevilletrails #publiclandowner #nantahalanationalforest 1 week ago
Every shift I work in the ER leaves me feeling more sure that it is where I'm supposed to be. This week's @outtherepodcast ambassador theme is "Controlling Chaos" and that is EXACTLY what working in the ER is.⁣ ------⁣ The most recent episode discusses wildland firefighting. In the episode, one of the firefighters describes being on the front line of a wildfire, saying it feels like what you are doing in that moment is the only thing on Earth that matters, that even exists. I'd describe the emergency room the same way. Everything else falls away and the only thing that matters is what is right in front of you.⁣ ------⁣ I've always felt that I worked best under pressure. I thrive in high-stakes situations. My decision-making skills are the sharpest and my thinking most efficient in moments of chaos. And maybe that's why I'm also drawn to outdoor recreation. What is chaos if it isn't getting caught in a freak hailstorm, or a bear stealing your food, or your only pair of hiking shorts ripping down the middle 15 miles from the nearest road?⁣ ------⁣ How do you confront the chaos in your own life? Does it fuel you, or is a force you're constantly struggling against? Give a listen to the most recent episode by following the link in my bio, and join in the conversation by posting your own thoughts using the hashtag #control or #outtherepodcast. ⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ ⁣ #optoutside #getoutthere #wandernorthGA #georgiahikers #hikegeorgia #getoutmoretour #gooutsideandplay #mymountainhome #blueridgemoments #wildeast #appalachiantrail #trektheAT #appalachiantrials #adventureanywhere #neverstopexploring #humanpoweredadventures #publiclands #publiclandowner #liveyouradventure #getyourassintonature #southernappalachia #ventureout #findyourtrail #futurenurse #nursingstudent #at2019 #georgiatomaine #embracethesuck 1 week ago
Stripes ( @hlarn36 ) and I represented #atclassof2016 on the #AppalachianTrail this week. Cheesing because there’s nothing like tough climbs, buckets of rain, wild windstorms, getting sick, and massive amounts of chafing to round out a perfect AT backpacking trip. #typebfun . . . . . #outtherepodcast #girlswhohike #hikelikeagirl #adventurelikeagirl #womenwhohike #optoutside #forceofnature #sweatydirtyhappy #georgiahikers #appalachianhikers #trektheAT #takemebackpacking #georgiatomaine #whiteblaze #foottravelonly #humanpoweredadventures #allwomenalltrails #withguthook #wildeast #wandernorthga #sheexplores #womaninthewild #springbreak2019 #mountaingirls #hikerbabes #radgirlslife #at2019 2 weeks ago
Hike 19/52 Mile 92.1/300 Elevation gain 4,822ft Four years ago I did this section of the #appalachiantrail as a day hike and ended up with an injury and a deflated sense of confidence that kept me off trail for almost three months. Until this week, it remained the only section of the AT in Georgia that I had not completed backpacking. For so long I didn’t have the confidence to go out there and do it again. ——— Yesterday I headed out from Unicoi Gap determined to finish what I will still argue is the hardest section in Georgia, and I’d probably argue is the most difficult 16+ miles in the southern ¼ of the AT, with a pack on my back. ——— I still feel at home under the weight of a backpack. I hear those white blazes coaxing me forward, always showing me the way. Today I realized that I’ve changed tremendously though. As difficult as the trail was, I didn’t have that same sense of dread and feeling of defeat I felt the first time. I’ve grown. Today I connected with a mountain I’ve loathed for four years. I made amends with my arch nemesis. In the words of mountaineer George Mallory: Have we vanquished an enemy? None but ourselves. Have we gained success? That word means nothing here. Have we won a kingdom? No . . .and yes. We have achieved an ultimate satisfaction . . .fulfilled a destiny. . . . . . #52hikechallenge #52hikechallenge2019 #trektheAT #wandernorthga #southernappalachia #humanpoweredadventures #optoutside #getoutthere #outtherepodcast #at2019 #appalachianhikers #gooutsideandplay #selfpropelled #getoutmoretour #elevatedperspective #hikeGeorgia #georgiahikers #wildeast #trailsyall #mymountainhome #myblueridge #georgiatomaine #whiteblazes #selfpropelled #humanpoweredadventures #withguthook #foottravelonly #takemebackpacking #publiclandowner 2 weeks ago
I finished all the #appalachiantrail miles in Georgia long ago, but there’s one section I’d never completed while backpacking: Unicoi Gap to Dicks Creek Gap. I’d argue this is the most difficult section in Georgia. I did it in 2015 as a day hike and cried most of the day because it was so hard. ——— Today I set out to finish backpacking the Georgia section of the AT and revisit the miles that almost defeated me four years ago. I made it over Rocky Mountain and Tray Mountain today, and will attempt to make amends with my least favorite mountain of all time tomorrow: Kelly Knob. . . . . . #trektheAT #hikegeorgia #georgiahikers #georgiatomaine #foottravelonly #optoutside #sweatydirtyhappy #forceofnature #appalachianhikers #girlswhohike #fatgirlshiking #hikingwithdogs #hikelikeagirl #adventurelikeagirl #outdoorwomen #wildeast #myblueridge #at2019 #takemebackpacking #wandernorthga #trailsyall #52hikechallenge #unlikelyhikers #springbreak2019 #longdistancehiking #southernappalachia #withguthook 2 weeks ago
W A T E R F A L L W E D N E S D A Y I’ve driven past Mooney Falls dozens of times and never stopped to do the .2 mile hike down to actually see them. Finally made the time yesterday! . . . . . #waterfallwednesday #waterfalls #chasingwaterfalls #52hikechallenge2019 #optoutside #getoutthere #outtherepodcast #getoutmoretour #gooutsideandplay #WNC #828isgreat #franklinNC #ashevilletrails #nantahalanationalforest #wildeast #myblueridge #blueridgemoments #trailsyall #getyourassintonature #southernappalachia #mymountainhome #wildernessculture 2 weeks ago
Hike 18/52 Mile 74.8/300 Elevation gain: 581ft Today I finally stopped and hiked down to Mooney Falls (I’ll post a pic tomorrow, it’s only 0.3 mile round trip). Then, I drove up and did a little off trail exploring to form a 2.6 mile loop using the #appalachiantrail , #bartramtrail , and an old #USFS road. Ended the day hanging out with #thruhikers and providing some #trailmagic at one of my favorite places on earth. . . . . . #52hikechallenge #52hikechallenge2019 #trektheAT #franklinnc #southernappalachia #humanpoweredadventures #optoutside #getoutthere #outtherepodcast #828isgreat #WNC #gooutsideandplay #selfpropelled #getoutmoretour #elevatedperspective #hikeNC #towerchasing #wildeast #ashevilletrails #nantahalanationalforest #trailsyall #mymountainhome #myblueridge #georgiatomaine #withguthook 2 weeks ago
Hike 17/52 Mile 71.9/300 Elevation gain 272ft I did a quick hike up Pickens Nose between hiker shuttles today. Since I was solo I had to set up my camera on timer mode and the longest timer was 30 seconds. Well it may not look like far but I had to sprint, like, way fast to get over there. The first time I didn’t make it in time so I had to do it again. So you get a photo of me doubled over gasping for air because I wasn’t about to do it a third time. . . . . . #optoutside #52hikechallenge #forceofnature #sweatydirtyhappy #fatgirlshiking #fatandoutdoorsy #takingupspaceoutdoors #womenwhohike #girlswhohike #hikelikeagirl #adventurelikeagirl #trailsyall #mymountainhome #franklinnc #WNC #828isgreat #southernappalachia #myblueridge #outtherepodcast #hikingwithdogs #elevatedperspective #foottravelonly #humanpoweredadventures #publiclandowner #outdoorwomen #womaninthewild #wildeast #nantahalanationalforest 2 weeks ago
Hike 16/52 Mile 70.5/300 Elevation gain 1,165ft Me: there’s no reason to go all the way to the summit. It’s totally socked in. Why are we even doing this hike? Me to me: because the forest is fucking beautiful in the fog. ——— Really though you shoulda been inside my head while I was trying to talk myself out of finishing this hike today 😂 I’ve done the 5.6 mile round-trip hike to Standing Indian multiple times, with the first several being in the rain or snow. It’s magical, and the trail looks, feels, sounds, and smells completely different on days like this. There’s no such thing as bad hiking weather. . . . . . #optoutside #52hikechallenge #forceofnature #sweatydirtyhappy #fatgirlshiking #fatandoutdoorsy #takingupspaceoutdoors #womenwhohike #girlswhohike #hikelikeagirl #adventurelikeagirl #appalachiantrail #trektheAT #franklinnc #WNC #828isgreat #southernappalachia #myblueridge #outtherepodcast #hikingwithdogs #elevatedperspective #foottravelonly #humanpoweredadventures #publiclandowner #outdoorwomen #womaninthewild #wildeast #withguthook 3 weeks ago
I live for these long range views. I was chatting with someone earlier who asked why I didn’t go hike another trail over spring break instead of coming back to the same hikes I’ve done over and over again. “I don’t know,” I responded. I can’t explain why the #appalachiantrail pulls at me like it does. If I’m on another trail, I wish I was on the #AT. It’s a magnet always tugging at my heart, calling me home. ——— Is there a place that makes you feel this way? Some place you always go back to? . . . . . #southernappalachia #franklinnc #828isgreat #trektheAT #optoutside #getoutthere #gooutsideandplay #WNC #ashevilletrails #outtherepodcast #blueridgemountains #myblueridge #trailsyall #takeahike #firetower #towerchasing #getoutmoretour #exploremore #choosemountains #at2019 #hikertrashforlife #whiteblaze #georgiatomaine #foottravelonly #humanpoweredadventures #withguthook 3 weeks ago
Hike 15/52 Mile 64.9/300 Elevation gain 925ft I remember the very first time I hiked Albert Mountain. Sookie and I approached southbound on the #appalachiantrail. I reached the summit and climbed as high as I could up the tower - the top level, including the cab, was locked. I had no idea what the AT was then. ———- I remember following the white blazes past the tower for a bit, and losing them. I stopped, looked around, and finally noticed a faded white blaze on the rocks stretched out in front of me. I remember going as far as felt safe before turning around and heading back to my car. On the way back I passed a small wooden sign nailed to a tree that I hadn’t noticed before. It said Appalachian National Scenic Trail Georgia to Maine Foot Travel Only ——— I remember wondering how a footpath could go from #georgiatomaine. I pondered this for a while, and finally settled on “need to know more.” Little did I know this footpath would change my life forever. . . . . . #franklinnc #hikersofinstagram #828isgreat #gooutsideandplay #WNC #52hikechallenge #fatgirlshiking #girlswhowhike #womenwhohike #adventurelikeagirl #hikelikeagirl #sheexplores #forceofnature #sweatydirtyhappy #at2019 #firetower #myblueridge #outtherepodcast #trailsyall #trektheAT #allwomenalltrails #withguthook #hikeNC #southernappalachia #foottravelonly #humanpoweredadventures 3 weeks ago