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The Kallin Family Summits Mount Katahdin!

Kallen summit photo

The Kallin Family from Dresden, Maine — Dave the dad, Madeline the cool kid, Nathan the all-boy boy and Emily the mom — finished their quest to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail as a family on Sunday, August 31, 2014. Their insightful blog,, kept readers well-informed and almost as excited as the Kallins themselves. This […]

Hiking Mount Greylock, the Highest Point in Massachusetts

Hang gliders at Mount Greylock ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Mount Greylock is the highest point in Massachusetts. The Appalachian Trail winds and wends up, down, across and over Mount Greylock for more than 11 gorgeous miles. As with virtually all art and nature, you cannot imagine how beautiful it is until you see it for yourself. Suzannah and I summited Greylock in my car.  […]

Visit North Georgia’s Almost-Famous Folk Pottery Museum

Folk Pottery Museum ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Olde-time residents of the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Georgia gave America a wealth of heritage, especially in terms of folk art.  The Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia preserves and polishes many of these hidden gems for us and for future generations. You might live a zillion miles away from it, but if you […]

Meet Maria, the Nicest Person on the Appalachian Trail

Maria McCabe -- the nicest lady in Salisbury ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Maria McCabe is probably the best friend the Appalachian Trail has in Salisbury, Connecticut.  She kindly opens her home at 4 Grove Street to thru-hikers looking for a shower and a good night’s rest. I would imagine spending a night at her house would be rather like spending an evening with a loving grandparent, in my humble opinion.  […]