Deane Giordano

Hey, y’all. You can call me Ruby Throat. I live in the Western North Carolina mountains and I’m planning a flip flop hike (because I never do anything in the “right” order). I’ll start with a new moon on April 26, NOBO from Grayson Highlands State Park (because….ponies!) I’m a card-carrying tree-hugger and a natural born nomad. If you see someone smelling wild roses and marveling at flamboyant fungi along the way, that will be me. Oh, yeah... my knees are totally looking forward to hiking the White Mountains. Please visit me at rubythroatjournal.com, too.

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Day 21….Ending the Day Early Because I Can

Day 21….Ending the Day Early Because I Can

I might be getting my trail legs. Today I hiked almost 14 miles and had my camp set up by 3pm. Up until today, a 14 mile day meant dragging in at 5

May 16, 2017 : Deane Giordano
Day 17…The Four Pines Hostel (Not for the Faint of Heart)

Day 17…The Four Pines Hostel (Not for the Faint of Heart)

This post could be about the Dragon's Tooth, a great stone monolith that spirals up into the sky and from which there are said to be magnificent

May 14, 2017 : Deane Giordano
Day 15…Skipping Right Along

Day 15…Skipping Right Along

Start: Bailey Gap Shelter, mile 658.6 End: Campsite mile 676 Miles: 17.4 Total Miles: 174.1   I'm trying something new since I'm sooooo

May 12, 2017 : Deane Giordano
The Next Few Days…Falling into the Deliverance Trap

The Next Few Days…Falling into the Deliverance Trap

Time is doing weird things out here. One thing I've noticed out here on the trail is that time both flies and stands still at the same time.  I'm

May 8, 2017 : Deane Giordano
What a First Week

What a First Week

Greetings from Bland, Virginia! It's been surprisingly hard to blog from the trail, but today I have wi-fi (thank you Bland library!), salad (thank

May 3, 2017 : Deane Giordano
Tying Up Loose Ends

Tying Up Loose Ends

Four, three, two, one...hike! I'm finally down to counting the days on one hand...FOUR.  MORE.  DAYS! I timed my start (April 26) to coincide

Apr 22, 2017 : Deane Giordano
Getting Trail Legs (and A Little Homesick) Before Getting on the Trail

Getting Trail Legs (and A Little Homesick) Before Getting on the Trail

Feeling ALL the feelings! In eleven days I'll finally be on the trail.  ELEVEN DAYS! I'm feeling all the feelings.  ALL the feelings--excitement,

Apr 16, 2017 : Deane Giordano
Fourteen Days and Counting:  Time is Officially Flying!

Fourteen Days and Counting: Time is Officially Flying!

Fourteen days and counting! The day I thought would never come is now officially flying at me at warp speed, so ready or not, here I come,

Apr 12, 2017 : Deane Giordano
Powders and Potions to Round Out a Pop-Tart Fueled Hike

Powders and Potions to Round Out a Pop-Tart Fueled Hike

Heads up, nutrition sticklers! I can’t believe I’ve only got five weeks to go before I get on the trail.  The time will both fly by and seem endless

Mar 22, 2017 : Deane Giordano
Conquering the Demons—Let’s Talk about Ticks

Conquering the Demons—Let’s Talk about Ticks

Ugh…grossest thing ever. Last year I found a Raisinette on the floor.  "Hunh, that’s weird," I thought.  "We don’t eat Raisinettes here." You know

Mar 15, 2017 : Deane Giordano