Outdoor Adventures

May01

Hiking in Nature’s Spring Extravaganza…And It’s Free!

Written by // Tom Lamb Categories // Outdoor Adventures

Hiking in Nature’s Spring Extravaganza…And It’s Free!

Though I love hiking in the winter, with the open woods, open views, lack of reptiles and insects, sparse human contacts, and no sweat (if properly layered with proper clothing), spring is an amazing time to watch nature and the Earth be reborn. This is the prime time of the year to see new life emerging and experience the transformation from stark grey tree trunks and dead leaf litter on the ground to various hues of green and the spectacular palette of spring wildflowers.

Feb27

North Georgia Has Ten Wilderness Areas: Uh, What’s a Wilderness Area?

Written by // Tom Lamb Categories // Trip Ideas, Outdoor Adventures

North Georgia Has Ten Wilderness Areas: Uh, What’s a Wilderness Area?

Many people have a vague idea of the meaning of wilderness -- places that are mostly natural, isolated and hard to get to and almost always in the woods.

Jan03

Winter Hiking: How to Have a Great Hike and Stay Safe

Written by // Tom Lamb Categories // Outdoor Adventures

Winter Hiking: How to Have a Great Hike and Stay Safe

Late fall begins my favorite season to hike in the mountains. There are many reasons why winter is the best time of year to get out on the trail.

Dec19

Photographing Waterfalls: How to Make the Most of Your Camera

Written by // Tom Lamb Categories // Trip Ideas, Outdoor Adventures, Misc

Photographing Waterfalls: How to Make the Most of Your Camera

North Georgia is blessed with an abundance of water flowing through the Appalachian Mountains. When this water encounters hard caprock or a particularly steep section, the result is often a waterfall or cascade. Waterfalls become a destination for hikers and sightseers. In fact, many of the hiking trails here in the mountains exist only to lead to a waterfall.

Nov04

If you build it, they will come…Then you have to maintain it!

Written by // Tom Lamb Categories // Outdoor Adventures

If you build it, they will come…Then you have to maintain it!

When hiking the Appalachian Trail in Maine in 2004, my son, Murray, and I were traversing the “100 Mile Wilderness,” the longest stretch of the trail between roads. In the middle, we ran across a crew, 50 miles from the closest paved road, busting boulders into gravel to fix the trail. Talking with them made me realize that, though I had been involved in trail building for over 30 years, it had never occurred to me that the trail required regular and intense maintenance.

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