Woodworking: Cedar Coasters

Introduction This is an fall afternoon favorite of mine: cedar coasters. I'm lucky to have a few downed trees of eastern cedar on family property, so I've cut a few dozen of them for friends and family. They make great gifts, and they're a piece of cake to make. Supplies Saw (chop saw,  hand saw, … Continue reading Woodworking: Cedar Coasters

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Hiking: Glen Burney Falls Trail (Blowing Rock, NC)

On Thanksgiving, I was visiting my parents in the mountains. My father, not necessarily an avid hiker but certainly an outdoorsman (who hiked Acadia with me last summer), knew I was going for a hike and joined up. We needed a hike... We wanted something nearby that offered a good workout and some swell scenery, … Continue reading Hiking: Glen Burney Falls Trail (Blowing Rock, NC)

Hiknig: Tanawha Trail (Blowing Rock, NC)

The Tanawha Trail is a diverse, well-marked 13.5 mile trail that runs from Julian Price Park to Bean Heights Overlook. It runs along the Blue Ridge Parkway, makes up a chunk of the Mountains-to-Sea trail, and waddles around Grandfather Mountain. You should hike it. Overall, Tanawha is a challenging and immensely enjoyable hike filled with … Continue reading Hiknig: Tanawha Trail (Blowing Rock, NC)

Hiking: Appalachian Trail: Carver’s Gap to US 19E (Roan Highlands)

I'm in love with the Appalachian Trail. The peace, tranquility, and breathtaking views are abundant on the AT, and I've only seen the NC parts by and large (the whole thing stretches from Georgia to Maine, if you didn't know)! So when I did my first multi-day hike on it back in the summertime, I … Continue reading Hiking: Appalachian Trail: Carver’s Gap to US 19E (Roan Highlands)

Hiking: Big Lost Cove Cliffs (Blue Ridge Parkway, NC)

Sunday was a beautiful day in North Carolina, so my buddy David and I saw it fitting to find and explore a new hike after church. I decided on something close(r) to Charlotte (where I live), but still up in the Pisgah/Grandfather district. I pulled out some maps and found Big Lost Cove Cliffs, a … Continue reading Hiking: Big Lost Cove Cliffs (Blue Ridge Parkway, NC)