Introduction One of my favorite weekend afternoon projects is making cedar coasters. I'm lucky to have a few downed trees of eastern cedar near where I live (on family land, don't steal wood, y'all), so I've gotten into the habit of making coasters and trivets from them. They make great gifts, and they're unbelievably easy … Continue reading Stumped #1: Cedar Drink Coasters and Trivets
Woodworking for the down-to-earth, poorly-supplied, or just plain curious among us.
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 Fun Waterfall Hike: Glen Burney Falls 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 Tackling the Tanawha Trail (Blowing Rock, NC)
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 the AT with my Little Sister: Carver’s Gap & Roan Highlands
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 Recommended Hike: Big Lost Cove Cliffs (Blue Ridge Parkway, NC)