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Cumberland Falls State Resort Park

September 30, 2009
Cumberland Falls Trail

Cumberland Falls Trail

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park is located in Corbin KY and offers a variety of trails and activities for everyone regardless of hiking level expertise. It is a great place for tourists since the Falls are the main attraction of this state park. The trails are varied but you will definitely want some experience with rocky trails since a majority of the trails are steep and quite a climb.

Todd, Cumberland Falls Trail

Todd, Cumberland Falls Trail

One of the best ways to see the falls is actually from the Cumberland Falls Trail which also leads to the Eagle Falls Trail.

View from the Cumberland Falls Trail

View from the Cumberland Falls Trail

The views from the Cumberland Falls Trail are spectacular and offer great opportunities for photos and quiet reflection. If you continue onto the Eagle Falls you will have a great steep climb which also allows for a variety of trail trekking. The smaller Eagle Falls are beautiful and allow visitors to get quite close to a waterfall and enjoy the rocky serene surroundings.

Eagle Falls

Eagle Falls

You can stay in the campground or the wonderful cabins that are part of the resort and lodge facility, which is also part of the State Resort Park system. I highly recommend the cabins! You have a full kitchen, fireplace, nice rooms and great views of the natural surroundings. You also have access to the great lodge restaurant and a small grocery store if you want to stay in and cook.

Eagle Falls

Eagle Falls

Todd and I only stayed for about 2 days but it is definitely worth the short trip from Ohio to Corbin KY.  Make sure you visit Cumberland Falls State Resort Park

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Lake Talquin State Park

August 17, 2009

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In 1927 the Jackson Bluff Dam was constructed on the Ochlockonee River to produce hydroelectric power. The waters held back by the dam formed Lake Talquin. Visitors can enjoy nature walks, picnicking, boating, and canoeing. Nature lovers will enjoy the rolling hills and deep ravines with forests of pines and hardwoods where they may spy wild turkeys, bald eagles, ospreys, and deer. (Lake Talquin State Park Website, 2009)

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Todd, Laura, and I hiked this area and we thoroughly enjoyed the area.  The Lake is quite beautiful and the trails follow along the lake, which makes it not only scenic, but very peaceful with plenty of photo opportunities.  This is a great area for a variety of activities and is a nice area to visit in Tallahassee, Florida.  Trails are wooded and easy to navigate and are great for all fitness levels. 

Stop by and take a nice walk with a friend!

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Lake Talquin State Park

Torreya State Park

August 14, 2009

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Torreya State Park is located off S.R. 12. on C.R. 1641, 13 miles north of Bristol, Florida. Torreya trees are some of the oldest and hardest to locate in the world. The tree was named after famed botanist John Torrey in the 1800s.

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Torreya State Park has great trails and also a nice camping area.  We hiked the area and had a great time.  There is one trail called the Torreya Challenge but we weren’t able to hike it as the trail was more than 7 miles and we drove from Tallahassee and it was a long drive.  I recommend exploring that option of the Torreya Challenge if you are an avid hiker. 

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Hiking in Florida is always interesting since there are so many “creatures” and I mean snakes, spiders, and other creepy crawlers.  But it is also a great hiking area since North Florida is hilly and offers more traditional hiking than other flatter parts of the state. 

If you visit the area make a stop at Torreya State Park you will enjoy it!

My Better Half is headed to Iraq

August 14, 2009

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Yeah, this sucks on so many levels.  I will not only miss my best friend. I will miss my favorite hiking and camping partner.  I still have several trips to post about and I will get to that soon but in the meantime I am busy preparing for his departure and he leaves in less than 3 months.  Please pray for Todd and our family.

Sugar Loaf Trail

July 21, 2009
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Todd, Sugar Loaf Trail

Todd, Sugar Loaf Trail

Our last hike was actually a rather rigorous trail behind our lodge and it was quite a hike! Again very steep and very picturesque. We met an older couple who were climbing down and trust me the climb down was much more treacherous than the ascent.

Couple descending Sugar Loaf Trail

Couple descending Sugar Loaf Trail

The views from the trail were awe inspiring and definitely worth the steep climb. Alaska is full of these trails and our hikes were the best part of our trip. There are a lot of great places in America to hike but Alaska is by far the most spectacular place for hikers.

Todd, Sugar Loaf Trail

Todd, Sugar Loaf Trail

We plan on returning to Alaska to hike and also explore other adventures such as a glacier landing which sounds awesome. Save your money and take the trip someday to Alaska …there is no place like it and you will definitely be glad you made the trip!

We love Alaska!

We love Alaska!

Denali National Park and Preserve

July 21, 2009
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Denali National Park and Preserve

Denali National Park and Preserve

Mount Healey trail in Denali National Park and Preserve

Day 2 of our Alaskan adventure we woke up tired and sore from the previous day of the Heli-hike but we still wanted to explore Denali National Park and Preserve. I wasn’t feeling that well but still wanted to push through it and enjoy more hiking and I am totally glad I did. We caught a bus to Denali National Park and looked around the park center for a bit before heading towards the trails after getting a trail map. The Denali National Park has a great visitor’s center and plenty of things to do in addition to hiking even if you aren’t an “avid” hiker. The visitor’s center has great exhibitions and you can enjoy the sights as well as tourist stuff like shopping and eating in the park snack bar.

Visitor's Center

Visitor's Center

We of course started on a rigorous hike on the Mount Healey Trail, which again was literally straight up and quite a climb. The trails are well marked and easy to navigate and there are plenty of places along the trail for some great photo shots as well as nature watching. There are 7 trails within the park and you would definitely need more than a few days to explore them all,  but if you have time check out the park it is spectacular. Many of the people we encountered on the trail were from cruise ships so they did not have much time to explore. Again, stay in a great lodge and take the train and try to stay long enough to explore Denali. It is well worth the trip and time (and money!).

Todd, Mount Healey Trail

Todd, Mount Healey Trail

We saw so many great sights and views while climbing but we grew tired from our previous adventure that we did not complete the whole trail. We will be back to Denali I am sure of it. There is way too much to explore!

Hiker Chick

Hiker Chick

 

Mount Healey Trail

Mount Healey Trail

Alaska Backcountry!

June 24, 2009

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One of the greatest memories of my trip to Alaska had to be the helicopter hike in the backcountry of Denali. We booked our hike through the Alaska Tour & Travel company and I have to say it is essential that if you are an avid hiker ….book this but do it direct with the ERA Helicopters.   They call it the Heli-Hike.  We weren’t sure what the whole thing entailed and for some reason beyond the helicopter ride we thought we were getting dropped off then hiking back. 

Me, Kevin Schwann & Todd

Me, Kevin Schwann & Todd

No that was wrong.  It began by being flown in the helicopter over the Nenana River and then we flew over several ridges and we were dropped off with our hiking guide, Kevin Schwann.  Kevin called it “being lobbed off.”  We were literally dropped off on a steep ridge ….which honestly looked like a mountain to me at first.  I was thrilled but then thought how the hell do we hike around here?  I mean it was steep and it was like looking down off the edge of a never ending cliff.  We started out at about 2500 ft and then climbed to about 4500 ft.  

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We began hiking up one ridge and to the next so we could scope out animals.  Kevin wanted to make sure we saw wildlife but not to interrupt or disturb the animals so they would not be stressed. 

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While climbing the ridges Kevin talked about many of the wildflowers we saw that are indigenous to the tundra region of Denali and Alaska.  I also later bought a wildflower guide which helped me identify many of the flowers I took pictures of since honestly we saw so many I couldn’t remember all of the names.

Dall Sheep

Dall Sheep

We saw Dall sheep and Caribou which was fantastic and the Dall sheep were quite hilarious staring back at us!  This hike was true hiking …no trails just mountains and ridges forever.  We went for about 4 hours and crossed a stream so we could get to another ridge that the helicopter could pick us up on.  We saw some bones of a Dall sheep and antlers from a caribou.  We also saw some bear scat which made Todd nervous but we never saw a bear. 

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The most exhilarating part of the helicopter ride was being picked up.  The helicopter literally lands on top of you.  The flat spot the pilot landed on was quite small and the copter teetered on the edge.  We hunkered down for the landing and the sounds of the blades were so loud it was almost deafening, but so cool.  Kevin packed our gear and then we got in the copter and were off again. 

I can’t say this enough no blog or picture can really capture that day but I can definitely say that everyone needs to experience a backcountry hike and a helicopter ride once in their life. 

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We will go back to Alaska I am sure of it and next time we go there we will definitely go on a glacier landing I am sure of it. 

 The next 2 posts will cover our hikes in the Denali National Park and a local trail called Sugar Loaf.