LeConte Lodge: On Top Of the Smokies

LeConte Lodge, Great Smoky National Park

If you live in the Eastern United States, chances are you’ve visited Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. You’ve probably taken a drive through Cades Cove in Great Smoky Mountain National Park. But do you know that atop Mount LeConte, the third highest peak in the park, sits a lodge accessible only by foot? That’s right! LeConte […]

Definitely Go Climbing Waterfalls

The most challenging part is the free climb up the side of a one hundred foot plus waterfall…but it shouldn’t be a problem. Um, really? I’d asked for recommendations for great hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park, and Sky Pond came up frequently. With that small caveat. Sometimes referred to as a scramble, other times, […]

Havasupai: Hiking to Paradise

Havasu Falls in Havasupai, Arizona

You’ve probably seen photographs floating around the internet of incredible blue-green waterfalls crashing over high cliffs against the colorful backdrop of the Grand Canyon. You might assume the pictures are enhanced. Nothing could be that color. But it can, and it is at Havasupai. On an earlier trip to trek to Phantom Ranch in the […]

Rock On in North Alabama

Climber at Sickness Comp, Hospital Boudlers Gadsden AL

North Alabama may not be the first place that comes to mind when you’re thinking about rock climbing. It’s possible that rock climbing has never crossed your mind at all. Well, it should. With the opening of GadRock, a new climbing gym located on beautiful Lake Gadsden, there’s no excuse to not follow their directive […]