Above The Clouds

Up above the clouds there exists a plain, wooden sign. It is simple in nature, merely decorating the border of states conceived long ago in the heads of our forefathers. It also serves as an adequate landmark for a Kodak moment that one day will be forgotten. The states mentioned above are...

Max Patch, NC

Long ago, a patch was cleared on a 4,000 foot mountain in the Appalachians of North Carolina.  A horse named Max used to graze there and keep the forest from taking it back.  He also gave the place its name.  After Max passed on, biplanes used the bald as a landing strip, as it was the largest clearing anywhere around.  But for us, a band of dirty thru-hikers on the Appalachian Trail, it provided quite the place to spend one beautiful and rowdy evening. The Appalachian Trail runs 2,100 miles from Georgia to Maine and each spring thousands of hikers attempt it in one fell swoop, or a thru-hike as it’s known.  People shed their lives...

Monsoon Watch

I am fully preparing to jump into a monsoon in two weeks’ time. That is to say, I will be traveling with sixteen fellow backpackers and Calvin Sun, whose rousing story and headstrong travel philosophy –-’monsooning’-– were recently featured in USA Today. The trajectory of...