Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you did not do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. ~Mark Twain

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The twist and turns of The Trail Beckons

When Fred and I decided to chronicle our plans to thru hike the Appalachian Trail, we named our website with a play on words and fell in love with The Trail Beckons. Many conversations and a few cocktails later we quickly realized that at some...

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Bonds forged over a Common Goal

“Sometimes people come into your life for a moment, a day, or a lifetime. It matters not the time they spent with you but how they impacted your life in that time.” On February 14, 2014, a few days after the wrath of Winter Storm Pax , we...

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A curve in the trail

I recently posted this blog on Appalachian Trials and realized it is one I need to share on The Trail Beckons as well.  As most of you know, I don’t mind putting myself out there for our The Trail Beckons subscribers, but when I started...

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Expense Guide and tips for Hiking Couples

All of the information in this blog is based on our first hand experience as a couple and is only a guide to help fellow first time hiking couples have a starting point and things to consider. For most couples with limited funds this blog is...

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A Change is a Coming

We have been asked numerous times “what will you change from your first A.T. hike to your next A.T. hike.”  At first my reply was nothing, but that is now changing a little at a time. Will it be a complete overhaul? Hell no, it will be...

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A detour from the Appalachian Trail

When I started writing for Appalachian Trials I wondered what I could bring to the many followers of the blog. After my first two blogs, I learned that the many hikers and those who long to hike but can’t for a variety of reasons were...

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Whats New? Hiking in 2015

Hello all….boy a lot has changed since my last post a week ago.  I have slowly gotten back into a routine of non trail life, and man do I hate it, Deb has me “working”.   I have built her new website and I am in the process of...

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Thanks To All

First off let me say thank you to all our supporters for your emails and comments over the past couple months. As you know Little D had to get off the trail with foot issues in the Smoky Mountains, I for one will never know how she walked the...

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A Day at Greasy Creek Friendly

April 2- after leaving Cherry Gap shelter (mile 359.00) I was really unsure of where I wanted to walk to. The closer I got to Greasy gap I knew I needed to make a decision on what to do and since I am enjoying the trail more each day, I thought...

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Simple Day

A simple day on the Appalachian Trail! Is that possible? Oh hell yes it is and thats what I had today. It all started when I left the Super 8 walking to Uncle Johnny’s Hostel, 4.5 miles through the city. I made it to Uncle Johnny’s...

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Jerry’s Cabin to Erwin

March 30-I won’t bore you with my time in this area. It just rained and snowed and I had a dead phone and battery charger.  So I only got a couple of videos that I posted on my you tube channel Top of Blackstack Cliffs. I did have a...

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Leaving Hot Springs

March 27th-Today was a great day you ask why well I will tell you I got to hike the Appalachian Trail!! Today I left Hot Springs around 9:30 started with Grease and Sun Bear they quickly ducked into the Smoky Mountain diner,  me I headed...