Last weekend, Brandon, Pete, and I enjoyed a beautiful fall weekend backpacking. We enjoyed the challenges of the Honey Creek Loop including squeezing through tight spots, climbing up a waterfall, scrambling, and figuring out where the trail goes next. Quite a contrast from our route along the rolling hills of the John Muir Trail connector and Burnt Mill Loop.
My dad, my hero, just finished a 323 mile hike through the Sheltowee Trace. If he isn’t goals I don’t know what is. #prouddaughter#sheltoweetrace
2 974 November, 2019
Forgot to post these photos from a Very psychedelic time at the Cumberland falls @justcallmepeachy and I had. Absolutely love fall. 🍁 🍂 🦃 🎃 .
If you want to see just how “psychedelic” things got just scroll to the end and look at my face 😭😭😭
October 25. Laurel County, KY (I think). Shining Clubmoss.
I don't really know my clubmosses, but the leaves seem to be widest in the middle, making them probably Huperzia lucidula.
This was a pretty large population growing below a sandstone overhang on the Sheltowee Trace in eastern KY. Whenever I think of this region, I tend to think of places like this: shady valleys with stands of hemlocks and the occasional bigleaf magnolia or beech with ferns and clubmosses lining the ridges.
SHELTOWEE TRACE/VANHOOK FALLS VOLUNTEER HEMLOCK TREATMENT
SATURDAY DECEMBER 14, 2019 9 AM – 5 PM
Follow link in bio to register. 🌲 We'll be treating trees in a corridor along the Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail near Vanhook Falls. Volunteers will measure and mark trees while licensed applicators apply the chemical insecticide imidacloprid 🌲 We'll meet at the Starbucks parking lot in London (directly off I-75 exit 38) and leave at 9:00 a.m. for the 192 trailhead, ~15 miles away. Once on the trail we'll divide into teams with the Forest Service and State Division of Forestry staff. We'll wrap up in the late afternoon and be back at the exit in London by 5:00. 🌲 Carpooling is encouraged, follow the link from the registration site to offer or request a rideshare. 🌲 We will email registrants with more details as we get closer to the volunteer day. 📷 Photo of Vanhook Falls by Christopher Morris ( Thank you! ) 🌲Follow link in bio to register.
New Brooklyn Belle Market on highway 377. Last food stop before Northern Terminus. Just before Dry Branch. Very hiker friendly, Sheltowee friendly. Next time your in area stop by. Support local. #sheltoweetrace Brooklynbelle #long distance hiking #Stnrt
I loved picking along Red River under the Sheltowee Trace footbridge. With the drought, there's more to explore - without getting your feet wet. Also, the fire ban remains in effect throughout Daniel Boone National Forest.
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I got detoured on a loop trail last night around 10pm and lost maybe 3 miles. I wonder who noticed that given my live GPS tracks. Immediately after getting back to the trail went ass over heels in some slippery mud. Fortunately I dried quick and went to sleep comfortably. Today realizing how important those miles could have been, walking up to a trailhead and seeing an army of forest service guys geared up to go burn the area I'm about to walk through. They let me beebop on thru before the fire commenced. Lucky of me, 10 minutes later and I'm not sure how that would have went. Photo is standing on top of cave run lake dam. Trail has been wonderful so far minus a couple little hiccups I'm enjoying myself immensely. #sheltoweetrace#sheltoweetracetrail#kentuckyhiking
Forever where I want to be! Or at least 6 months of the year. I just posted my gear list from the Sheltowee Trace Trail on youtube. Though still very light at 7.5lbs that includes nearly a third of which being camera gear! It really added a new dimension to the hiking I haven't had before and made for a great time!!
Experiencing rain 4 days out of 11, and temperatures into the 30s I was thankful to be prepared but still on that edge. #sheltoweetrace#sheltoweetracetrail#kentuckyhiking#ultralightbackpacking
13 6706 May, 2019
Ok Kentucky is awesome I can totally see why this is a rock climbing meca. Giant Boulder and rock walls everywhere. I made it to a small restaurant, or so I thought it would be and there are probably 200 climbers here. It's funny being so similar and yet find myself as the total outcast in the crowd. #sheltoweetrace#sheltoweetracetrail#kentuckyhiking
22 84319 April, 2019
Bigfoot sighting here in Kentucky. My number one goal was to enjoy this trail so that's what I'm doing! Biting more than I can chew given I broke my foot last year I decided to slow down and enjoy the trail at a different pace. Throwing a record to the wind and appreciating the Sheltowee Trace as a normal thru hike. It's a beautiful trail and I'm happy to be out here doing it regardless! I'm bummed to slow it up but glad to see it all through. Forever ready and willing to take the risk but know I can't have it all. Though I'm young and have a lot of risks left in me. I think for the future I'll have some great beta for the next guy so if you're out there hit me up! The trail association and Kentucky people so far have all been wonderful. #sheltoweetrace#sheltoweetracetrail#kentuckyhiking
Beautiful bridge over a river I thought I'd need to swim the night before! Fortunely water was low enough but now moving with wet shoes. Doing all I can to take care of my feet but sometimes it's just inevitable. #sheltoweetrace#sheltoweetracetrail#kentuckyhiking
10 56023 April, 2019
Can you identify the lines on this map? If so, you might be a long-trail elitist. It’s not the worst thing ever to befall a backpacker, but it could make you a candidate for alternative-trail therapy and reconditioning.
What are some alternatives to the Big 3? I’m partial to the #BentonMacKayeTrail and the #SheltoweeTrace , having thru-hiked them both.
But I’m not even scratching the alternative-trail surface. There are the #ColoradoTrail , the #JohnMuirTrail , the #FloridaTrail , the #ArizonaTrail , the #MountainsToSeaTrail , the #SuperiorHikingTrail , the #OzarkTrail , the #LongTrail , the #HaydukeTrail , the #AmericanDiscoveryTrail —plus many others.
Whether long-trail elitism is fueled in part by social-media algorithms is a debate for another day. But I do think that anyone who ventures onto a long backpacking trail with the goal of growing a social-media account is going to first consider the AT, PCT or CDT.
I’m being sort of preachy today. My apologies in advance! But if you’re interested in alternative trails, you might want to follow some of the hashtags I just listed, since you can follow hashtags on Instagram.
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