hiking

Last week we had a chance to get in one more Smoky Mountains hike before the Labor Day Weekend crowds appeared. So Thursday we loaded up our packs and set out for Elkmont Campgrounds to hike the 5.5 mile "Cucumber Gap Loop Trail". First, a word about those packs. On our last hike Rita took her tried and trusted backpack she used for the Inca Trail, an Osprey Mila 34. The "34" stands for the volume the pack will hold,...

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August 28th, a big day for us. It was on this day three years ago, after over a year of mental and physical preparation, that Rita and I were standing at Kilometer 82 just outside of Piskacucho in Perú, ready to take the first steps on a 26-mile 4-day/3-night hike to Machu Picchu. It is just over a month since the book about the hike and the struggle to prepare for it, "An Uphill Climb", has been available on Amazon...

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