We’re going to a party tonight! Happy Birthday Rocky River Trout Unlimited. Our local chapter has worked hard on coldwater conservation, fishing & fun on the water since the early ’80s. Their work is appreciated.
See you at the party!
The Mountains-to-Sea Trail Across North Carolina focuses on the beauty, quirkiness, and vibrancy of the 1,000 miles from Clingmans Dome in the Smokies to the Outer Banks. Danny will discuss the highlights and challenges of walking the MST. Meeting people is also a vital part of walking the trail. As a mountain hiker from western North Carolina, she’ll talk about the unexpected and unusual sights she encountered in the rest of the state and show slides.
The route takes in Frazer fir trees and pelicans, old grist and textile mills, working cotton and tobacco farms, Revolutionary War sites and two British Cemeteries complete with Union Jacks. Author Danny Bernstein shares stories that will captivate the curious, adventurous, hiker, biker, and history and culture buff.
The Mountains-to-Sea Trail Across North Carolina is published by the History Press (February 2013).
Danny Bernstein – Bio
Danny’s mission is to get people out of their cars and hiking.
A committed hiker for over 40 years, she’s completing the Appalachian Trail, all the trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the South beyond 6000, many other hiking challenges, and, of course, the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. She maintains sections of the MST and the A.T. She’s written two hiking guides, Hiking the Carolina Mountains (2007) and Hiking North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains (2009) published by Milestone Press and blogs at www.hikertohiker.com.
In her previous life, she worked in computer science for thirty-five years, way before computing was cool, first as a software developer and then as a professor of computer science.
Her motto is “No place is too far to walk if you have the time.” Danny plans to die with her boots on.
Our Program Presenters for The Monadnock Exchange
We’re pleased to offer the following persons as presenters at the Monadnock Exchange.
The first short session, Leave No Trace Ethics, will be given by Terry Savery, District Recreation Staff Supervisor, Uwharrie National Forest.
Our next short session will be by Don Childrey, author of the UWHARRIE LAKES REGION TRAIL GUIDE.
Our feature presenter is Sharon McCarthy, long time Girl Scout Leader and prominent hiker/backpacker. Sharon has hiked every trail in the Great Smoky Monntains National Park, climbed every peak of 6,ooo’ or more in western NC/eastern TN, is the 25th person to complete the Mountains To Sea Trail and these are just are just for starters.
Plan to join us for this exciting get together.
Come join your Uwharrie Trail Club members, resource managers and visitors for a day of fellowship and education.
Our morning will kick off with doughnuts, coffee, tea, etc. and an opportunity to meet and greet old and new friends.
The morning program will consist of two or three educational short sessions followed by our main program presenter. (A very special hiker)
Three options await you after lunch. The UTC will have a club business meeting. This will be a very important meeting, and it’s hoped that all members will attend, and visitors are also welcome to attend. Those not wishing to attend the business meeting may choose to hike one of the park’s trails, drive to the top of Morrow Mountain to take in the views, visit the museum or the Kron House or leave for home.
All registration must be in advance since there will be a very modest charge for this event, and state parks prohibit the exchange of monies at such events.
Volunteers: There will be a need for volunteer help to set up the room before the meeting and to clean up after the meeting. Your help with either of these chores would be greatly appreciated, just let me know when you register. The REGISTRATION DEADLINE is February 22nd. Download Registration Form
Registration, food and program all included in the $5.00 cost.
Looking forward to seeing you at The Monadnock Exchange.
Uwharrie Trail Club (UTC)
I know I’ll be labeled a psychotic heretic for saying that I really wasn’t excited about going to Hawaii. It’s a beautiful, relaxing paradise where time slows down and there’s no reason to exert yourself. Or in my terms, Boring.
I was invited, along with my brother, to spend a week in Oahu for my best friend’s father’s 60th. We had no goals or expectations other than to have fun, catch up, and celebrate. This was always accomplished in the evenings with great food and spirits.
But what was I to do with the days when I was vibrating with pent up energy and the thought of an upcoming climbing trip that I should be training for? Luckily my brother goes to Oahu almost every year, is a big surfer, and knows of loads of fun ways to occupy our days.
We were staying in a house on the North Shore within walking distance to all the iconic breaks; Waimea, Pipeline, and Sunset. Fortunately the first few days were small which meant we could get in the water without significantly risking death or serious injury. Body surfing, body boarding and surfing were possible for us mortals and we played in the water like otters to exhaustion.
Then the surf got big! Really big. Big wave surfers were washing up with half their faces torn off after being bounced and scraped across the reef. Anything to do with going in the water was out. Now what?
I was waking before the sun came up and laying in bed waiting for enough light to go for a run where I would stop and take a break to watch body boarders’ acrobatics.
After runs we would go for a hike in the mountains, oohing and aahing at all the incredible plant life and geologic structures. We wandered through the Waimea Valley botanical gardens to get to a swim at a waterfall. We explored the remains of a sacred structure supposedly used for sacrifice. High above the beaches we could watch all the breaks simultaneously.
On Waimea beach we could boulder on surprisingly good rock while 30ft waves crashed in the background. There were so many interesting and beautiful places on the North Shore that we didn’t get much chance to explore other areas.
Before we knew it the week was over and I was packing for Skiing in Tahoe. To my own surprise I found myself promising to return next year for a repeat. I’ll practice my surfing before returning.
JesseBrowns.com welcomes Ryan Kleman aboard. Kleman has spent time pursuing his outdoor passions around the world.
Currently he’s on a trip that includes Tahoe, Hawaii & other areas ” west of Charlotte.” We look forward to learning more about his adventures, seeing his photos & getting advice along the way.
Climbing, Skiing & Moutain Biking (as well as road) are a part of his repertious. He lives in Charlotte, NC. Continue below on his first post in preparing for the trip.
My packing list is difficult to formulate given the diverse activities that my trip will involve. I’m sure I’ll forget something, mostly because I’m packing last-minute for a single trip to Hawaii and Backcountry skiing in Tahoe. The drastic differences in terrain and sport require specialized gear that I will undoubtedly need to replace when I realize that I’ve forgotten to pack in my haste. Oh well. Buying shiny new equipment is half the fun of outdoor adventures, right?
I cram everything into a ski box and rolling duffle. The first leg of my outing is flying to Reno, dumping all my ski kit at a friend’s, repacking the duffle for Oahu, dinner and drinks with my friend, then early to bed for a 3:30am wakeup to catch my flight to Honolulu. As it happened, the drinks started while I was repacking so I’m interested to see what
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