Red Rocks Trail System, Birmingham, Freshwater Land Trust

Exploring the Red Rock Trail System in Birmingham

Some cities are an obvious outdoor paradise. Mountains loom large over buildings. Trails lead directly to back doors of offices. Visitors flock there on vacation. Residents tube to work. Other cities are less outdoorsy to the naked eye. They look urban and full of concrete and...

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Five-Star Trails: Asheville, Jennifer Pharr Davis, Menasha Ridge Press

The Best Secluded Hikes Around Asheville

The secret's been out for a long time now—Asheville is one of the coolest towns in the country. And if you're only including towns east of the Mississippi, it's probably the coolest town. Which also means this small slice of heaven nestled in the Southern Appalachian Mountains is...

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Five-Star Trails: The Ozarks, Jim Warnock, Chapters on Main

The Magic of a Local Bookstore

My love for local bookstores was solidified during college when I worked at Adams Bookstore in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Mr. Adams was like a mentor to me during that time. I wrote about his influence during those crucial years in another post.   In 2016, I learned of...

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Ouachita Trail, Five-Star Trails: The Ozarks, Jim Warnock

Hiking the Remainder of the Ouachita Trail

Bob and I walked the first 160 miles of the Ouachita (Wash’-i-taw) Trail before and after Christmas, so only the last 63 miles stood between us and completing our thru-hike. Several things occurred to keep us from getting back out there, but May 2-6 was...

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Nimblewill Nomad, Jennifer Pharr Davis, Alabama Pinhoti Trail, Menasha Ridge Press

Life Lessons From Jennifer Pharr Davis

Over the past week and a half, Jennifer Pharr Davis has been thru hiking the Alabama Pinhoti Trail. She ventured south from her home in North Carolina to bring attention to what she's coined as "The Goldilocks Trail" (because everything about it is perfect) (duh,...

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Thru-Hiker-Dog Completes the Ozark Highlands Trail

Saturday, March 31, was our day to walk the few miles needed by Hiker-dog to complete the 180-mile Ozark Highlands Trail (OHT). Of course, the OHT keeps growing, but the first 165 miles qualify for thru-hiker bragging rights. Hiker-dog has walked or run every inch of the...

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