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In the end, it wasn’t about the distance

November 20th, 2017|

On Saturday, Nov. 18, Jennifer Pharr Davis completed a task she began at Clingmans Dome on Aug. 15: hiking the 1,175-mile Mountains-to-Sea Trail. She shares her thoughts after completing her journey atop Jockey's Ridge State Park. I wanted to hike the Mountains-to-Sea Trail to reclaim [...]

The trail: Conservation’s ultimate classroom

November 8th, 2017|

I have hiked several trails that end at the ocean. In each instance, I have walked hundreds of miles to reach the beach and as soon as I stick my toes in the water, the hike ends. The Mountains-to-Sea Trail takes you to the coast, [...]

The gift of the MST

October 30th, 2017|

Hiking the Mountains-to-Sea trail has been a gift. I am out here every day living a dream. I say that because hiking a 1,175-mile trail with two kids under the age of five who are tagging along seems more like a fantasy or delusion than [...]

The MST: a trail more diverse than you might think

October 19th, 2017|

The Mountains to Sea Trail is the most diverse path I have ever experienced. It travels past the spruce and fir trees of 6,000 foot ridgelines in the Smoky Mountains to the cotton fields of Eastern North Carolina. Along the way, I have observed the [...]

The beauty of experience and wisdom 

October 9th, 2017|

Two pregnancies, 24 months of nursing, one knee surgery, and six months of physical therapy all separate me from my last hike of over a thousand miles. Time has passed, seasons have changed, and somewhere amid the transition, I lost my top gear. Most days [...]

Carving a path across North Carolina

September 12th, 2017|

You never realize how much it rains, until you spend all your time outside. On the days it didn’t rain, my feet were wet from a ford across the Linville River and an unsuccessful rock hop at Harper Creek: the recent precipitation has caused the [...]

Trail Food: Rx for a good bar

September 12th, 2017|

What keeps Jen fueled on her long-distance hikes? While she makes her way across North Carolina on the MST, she’ll share some of her favorite trail food.   Bars are a hiker’s best friend. They offer instant energy in convenient packaging. It rained 5 out of the [...]

Run a Mile in His Brooks Cascadias: Todd Gothberg

September 10th, 2017|

While Jen is working her way across the state, she’ll be interviewing the people she encounters along the way. Today: Todd Gothberg of Asheville.  Todd has a hint of a Yankee accent that lets you know he’s not a native, but he has lived in [...]

Karen Chávez: Hike a Mile in Her Boots

September 7th, 2017|

While Jen is working her way across the state, she’ll be interviewing the people she encounters along the way. Today: Karen Chávez, longtime outdoor recreation writer and editor with the Asheville Citizen-Times.  Karen Chávez didn’t grow up in North Carolina, but she has spent the [...]

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