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48 Hours in Buchanan, VIRGINIA

Article written for Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine 8/2017 Buchanan is situated halfway between Lexington and Roanoke, Virginia. This small town sits at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, just 4 miles from the Blue Ridge…


RETIRED AIR FORCE VETERAN FINDS PEACE ON THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL

Article written for Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine. May 29, 2017 (http://www.blueridgeoutdoors.com/go-outside/retired-air-force-veteran-finds-peace-appalachian-trail/) ———————————– As Adele Loar reached the summit of McAfee’s Knob she proudly posed for a picture displaying a flag for No Barriers USA. The…


The Heart of Adventure

Recently my wife and I hiked the six mile trail known as Cole Mountain Loop, in Amherst Virginia. For five miles the trail gently climbs 1400 feet to its summit. The trail bores its way…


North Creek in Arcadia

 It was a cool 30 degrees today in the forest. I spent some time in North Creek close to North Creek Campground. This is a beautiful area which is just minutes from Buchanan, VA. The…


Apple Orchard Falls – Nice Hike

Some years back I was speaking with Tom, a friend who had just retired from the United States Forest Service as an Engineer.  Now Tom is an amazing resource for all things National Forest. He…