View Full Version : Saying goodbye to the Whites---for now

10-11-2009, 06:03 PM
People visiting this forum might remember that last spring I said I was planning to move from Gloucester, Mass. to somewhere in northern NH due to a change in personal circumstances and the fact that I have a home-based business that I can do from anywhere. Well, after much long and arduous thinking on the subject, I finally decided that instead I would go back to a place where I lived in the 80s, the Smoky Mountains.

It has to do with the particular culture of off-trail hiking in the Smokies that is shared by a few people down there. We like to rockhop up streams with cascades and waterfalls, and explore through forests of giant trees and dense rhododendron. Basically, we are nutcases. :)

I will really miss the northern landscape, the vast spruce-fir forests, the lakes, the ravines, the shapes carved out by glaciers. I do plan to come back for some hikes! And I will continue to be a member of the Obs and to visit this forum and chat about White Mountain hikes from my new home in western North Carolina.

So, we'll stay in touch!

10-11-2009, 09:01 PM
Okay, I will bite - where in NC? I have done some hiking around the mts and love the views out over the Linville Gorge.

10-12-2009, 07:34 AM
I'm glad that you came to a very difficult decision, and the smokies and southern appalachians are beautiful as well. I hope you stop in and share some of your sights down there with us here.

All the best of luck to you!

10-12-2009, 09:13 AM
Brad, I will be in Brevard for several months while I look for a long-term place to live. Many different mountain ranges and national forests down there to explore! Linville Gorge is spectacular.

My first outing will be a three-day backpack with a group of 6 over Woolly Tops and then up Eagle Rocks Prong in the Greenbrier section of the Smokies. The total mileage is maybe 16-17 miles, of which about 5 are off-trail. It will take us 2.5 days to do the off-trail (during some of it we will be looking for an old plane wreck) and 0.5 day to do the trail portion (mostly downhill). Coming up Eagle Rocks, we will hit the A.T. between Pecks Corner and Tricorner Knob. I am looking forward to it.

10-12-2009, 07:39 PM
A few years ago when we did Grandfather Mt from the Blue Ridge Parkway there was a plane wreck just off the trail. The trails there are a lot different than the Whites. It is hard to find a spot with a good view.

You are getting somewhat near BlueDog territory too.

Snow Miser
10-12-2009, 08:44 PM
Good luck moving down there. Be sure to show some of your hiking photos. It's always nice to see trails from around the country.