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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 [...]

Jen’s fuel for the long haul: a hard-boiled treat

September 3rd, 2017|

What keeps Jen fueled on her long-distance hikes? While she makes her way across North Carolina, she’ll share some of her favorite trail food.  This week’s trail food is a three-letter word. It is all natural, portable, inexpensive, and delivers about six grams of protein per [...]

Enjoying the Home Trail Advantage

August 31st, 2017|

In the past two weeks we have covered more than 180 miles of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. But if we were on any other path, in any other state, I doubt we would have made it this far. After we started in the Smokies and Brew [...]

A Family Odyssey from the NC Mountains to the Coast

August 31st, 2017|

Note: Karen Chavez, outdoors writer with the Asheville Citizen-Times, is writing a series of articles about Jennifer Pharr Davis and family's hike across the state on the MST. Start here, then click "Read more" for the full article.  CLINGMANS DOME – Before the start of [...]

A week of living in the moment — many moments

August 23rd, 2017|

Our first week on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail has been filled with MORE than I anticipated. More great views, more mushrooms, more climbs, more rain, more miles, more hardship, and most of all more emotion. I’d forgotten that it’s not just your body that has to [...]

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