“Well, I learned something new on this trip,” Cat said as she watched Brandon hoist his backpack to his bent knee before pausing to swing it onto his back.
“That’s the thing about backpacking,” I said. “Every trip, you learn new things.” read more
A couple years back I was in need of a destination for our annual winter GetBackpacking! trip to the coast. Typically, the trip is on the 21-mile Neusiok Trail in the Croatan National Forest near Havelock. Unfortunately, the Neusiok was closed, still feeling the wrath of Hurricane Florence’s visit the previous fall. People love backpacking at the coast in winter, and I needed an alternative. Scanning a map, I locked onto Merchants Millpond State Park. read more
In general, New Year’s Day is seen as a time for renewal, for eating better, for exercising more, for simply being healthier and happier. In hiking circles, though, spring is the time to rediscover yourself: warming temperatures, the listless winter world stirring back to life, the overall sense of rebirth. Yup, now’s the time to start hiking. And here’s a peek at how that might look. read more