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Month: July 2019

MERCHANTS MILLPOND STATE PARK

MERCHANTS MILLPOND STATE PARK

Why we like it: I was looking for a winter camping site and was surprised to learn that North Carolina has its own little bayou known as Merchants Millpond State Park in Gates County, about three hours from the Raleigh-Durham area.  Merchants Millpond is comprised of the millpond itself and Lassiter swamp which sits at the head of the millpond.  It is like no other State Park I’ve visited.  When I first arrived, I was greeted by dense, murky water…

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QUILTS FOR TENT CAMPERS

QUILTS FOR TENT CAMPERS

Quilt vs Sleeping Bag: I had this great idea to write an article where I would do a section on the benefits of a quilt, and a friend who prefers a sleeping bag would write about the great offerings of the bag.  The plan hit a snag when I couldn’t find anyone that really loves their sleeping bag and would never consider a quilt.  I’m sure these people exist, I just couldn’t find one.  Change of plans and now I’m…

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CARVER’S GAP TO 19E

CARVER’S GAP TO 19E

Why we like it: Carver’s Gap to US 19 East (19E) is an approximate 14 mile section of the Appalachian Trail (AT) that winds through North Carolina and Tennessee.  Most AT guide books refer to it as the “most scenic section of trail”.  Flirting with elevations around 6000 feet, there are five balds with almost 360 degree views of nearby mountain ranges.  While the daily mileage is low on this trip if you do it as a three day hike,…

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