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Vacation Activities

BY Herschel Smith
2 weeks, 3 days ago

It’s been hard to keep the blog going with family from out of town for the week, and during that week we hiked Mount Mitchell, Crowder’s Mountain, Pinnacle Mountain, and mountain biked.  Before that I biked single track at DuPont.  It’s nice to be alone on a cold, cold day at DuPont riding Jim Branch down the mountain.

I thought you might enjoy this picture.

Grassy Creek Falls At DuPont

BY Herschel Smith
1 month, 2 weeks ago

This is Grassy Creek Falls from the top.

Ridgeline was closed for maintenance, and since I didn’t look at the web site prior to striking out Friday morning, I had to find out by meeting a fellow biker on the trails.

I decided to get back down the mountain by riding Jim Branch trail.  I had anguished my way up that trail before, but never gone down it.

It was a rockin’ trail, very fast and rowdy.  But this isn’t surprising since there are no bad trails at DuPont.

Biking Big Rock At Dupont

BY Herschel Smith
2 months, 2 weeks ago

It was a beautiful day to mountain bike Big Rock at Dupont last Friday.

Biking The Ridgeline Trail At Dupont

BY Herschel Smith
2 months, 3 weeks ago

I was taking a break near the end of my day at the top of Ridgeline at Dupont last Friday.  It was a beautiful day, and the foliage was gorgeous.  The climb up was intense and an extreme challenge.  Ridgeline is the payoff.

This is a video of the way down the Ridgeline trail back to the parking lot.  Of course, it’s not me.  But watching it reminds me of every jump, every curve, every grunt, and every switchback.  This is the most intense mountain biking I’ve ever done, and one of the best downhill trails in America.

Hurricane Preparations

BY Herschel Smith
4 months, 1 week ago

It’s been light posting for several days and may be for a few more, depending on whether power outages affect me.  I’ve been trying to do a bit of hurricane preps.  Of course, I am not affected like those in the direct path of Hurricane Irma and I won’t be, Lord willing.  Pray for them.

Staying In Shape: Physical Training For TEOTWAWKI Doesn’t Have To Be Drudgery

BY Herschel Smith
5 months, 3 weeks ago

My son Joseph was home from Austin, Texas, for the week.  It was an active week, including hiking Mount Mitchell.  We were socked in during the hike in.

On the way out it was a hard driving storm, with the trail turned into a treacherous river.

The weather was beautiful today, and I biked Lake James State Park mountain trails.  These two trees give about two inches of clearance on each side for handlebars.

Of course, that’s just about true of the entire Wimba trail with its undulations, turns and switchbacks.  You’d better aim true and hit your marks, or you’re liable to get hurt.

Mountain Biking, Cicadas And Tree Grubs

BY Herschel Smith
8 months ago

We always try to stay physically active.  You never know when you’ll need to be in shape.  This past weekend we mountain biked at James Lake State Park.  As we stepped out of the truck to hit the trails, we heard an almost deafening sound coming from the forest.  For those of you who know this sound, it’s a bit like listening to an admixture of a dying calf and a cavitating pump.

It happened to be Cicadas – tens of thousands of them.  This was their year, and I suppose their week, to come up in this region.

It was a good day to mountain bike, but it reminds me of an event several years ago where I once lived.  I saw Heidi with a live Cicada caught between her paws, licking the innards and juice out of the insect.  I said to her, “Things like this are why I have to deworm you, bitch.”  She briefly looked up at me and then returned to lapping up her delicacy.

That reminds me of an event a number of years ago when my oldest son, Josh, sold me a bill of goods.  We were chopping wood and came up on a bunch of tree grubs.  He popped a small one in his mouth and ate it.  Then he dared me to, and of course I couldn’t let my oldest son show me up.  After all, Les Stroud eats tree grubs.

Then Josh handed me a tree grub that dwarfed the one he ate.  I dutifully ate the thing.  It tasted like wood, just wet and squishy.  But I don’t think I’ll be eating any more tree grubs unless I’m in the wilderness in a survival situation.

Light Posting

BY Herschel Smith
11 months, 2 weeks ago

Sorry for the light posting.  I was out of town yesterday, last night and today on business, and no connectivity.  Back home now.

Talk amongst yourselves, and back to regular posting tomorrow.

Wikileaks On The Health Of It’s People

BY Herschel Smith
1 year ago

Wikileaks:

NOTE: No present Wikileaks staff, including our editor, have medical, psychological or drug conditions which could lead to sudden death.

For the record, neither do I.

The View From Chestnut Knob

BY Herschel Smith
1 year, 4 months ago

Chestnut_Knob

This is what the view looks like at Chestnut Knob Lookout on a partly cloudy day.


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