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The Oysters Create Precious Pearls in Blue Ridge, GA

Shannen & Bill Oyster of Oyster Fine Bamboo Fly Rods ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Close to where the Appalachian Trail and the Benton MacKaye Trails begin you’ll find the pleasant little town of Blue Ridge, Georgia.  A tourist train runs through it.  Shops are all over the place, selling olive oil, clothes, the world’s best chocolate, amazing meals, and precious pearls made by the Oysters. The only lesson this […]

Troutville Trail Days Celebrates the Appalachian Trail

Troutville's Trail Days Celebration takes place at Troutville Town Park. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

For 2015, Troutville Trail Days in Troutville, Virginia, takes place from Friday, June 5th through Sunday, June 7th. It’s hard to tell who enjoys this celebration of the Appalachian Trail at Troutville Trail Days more — those who hike our beloved path or those who come to see (and smell) real, live hikers. No wonder one […]

Runner Scott Jurek Seeks Appalachian Trail Speed Record

Scott Jurek's Facebook profile photograph

Pffft.  Scott Jurek ran 165.7 miles in one day.  Big deal.  I can do that in my sleep. The difference, of course, is I can only dream of running 6.5 marathons in 24-hours.  Scott Jurek actually did that in 2010 and set a new “US All-Surface” record time and earned the honor of USA Today’s […]

Robert Redford’s “A Walk in the Woods” Movie Trailer

A Walk in the Woods
with Robert Redford & Nick Nolte

Well, Robert Redford’s movie A Walk in the Woods — based on the exceptionally popular book (except for hikers who hate it) by Bill Bryson — is scheduled for release in the United States on Wednesday, September 2, 2015, just in time for the Labor Day Weekend. It’s a humorous tale about two chubby-ish old guys who […]