Scott Morrison

Hiking the Appalachian Trail will fulfill a lifelong dream for me. I had the good fortune of enjoying New Hampshire's White Mountains as a summer playground for many years as a youngster -- a critical element in growing into future roles as student, son, hiker, skier, college grad, military officer, husband, systems analyst, father, and leader. I don't often let my mind drift to beta mode. I prefer active mental activities such as analytical problem solving, reading, poker, alternative music, fantasy sports, the stock market, craft beer, and puzzles of any type. Like everyone else, I'm constantly attempting to balance the life scales of mental, physical, and spiritual me -- but I'll try to do it with a laugh and a smile, OK?

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AT Days 148-151:  Fontana Dam and points south

AT Days 148-151: Fontana Dam and points south

I’d depart Great Smoky National Park on Day 148, but still be treated to some great scenery and terrain in North Carolina.  Here are the daily

Sep 27, 2022 : Scott Morrison
AT Days 144-147:  Gatlinburg and Clingman’s Dome

AT Days 144-147: Gatlinburg and Clingman’s Dome

After a resupply visit to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, a huge change in the weather led to enjoyable days in Great Smoky National Park.  Here are the daily

Sep 20, 2022 : Scott Morrison
AT Days 140-143:  Max Patch and the Great Smokies

AT Days 140-143: Max Patch and the Great Smokies

I’d visit a couple of the AT’s premier attractions during this four day stretch on the Tennessee/North Carolina border.  Here are the daily

Sep 20, 2022 : Scott Morrison
AT Days 136-139:  Erwin, TN to Hot Springs, NC

AT Days 136-139: Erwin, TN to Hot Springs, NC

Fresh off of a zero day in Erwin, Tennessee I’d put in four solid hiking days to reach my next resupply point in Hot Springs, North Carolina.  Here

Sep 12, 2022 : Scott Morrison
AT Days 132-135: The Roan Highlands Shine!

AT Days 132-135: The Roan Highlands Shine!

The AT straddles the state line between Tennessee and North Carolina in a high elevation section with open views.  Roan Highlands would be the

Sep 12, 2022 : Scott Morrison
AT Days 128-131:  First days in Tennessee

AT Days 128-131: First days in Tennessee

The weather and scenery improved markedly during my first four full AT days in Tennessee.  Here's the day by day breakdown of this timeframe: Day

Sep 7, 2022 : Scott Morrison
AT Days 124-127: Damascus and the final days of Virginia

AT Days 124-127: Damascus and the final days of Virginia

It had taken five weeks, but I’d finally reached the last miles of the AT in Virginia.  A zero day in Damascus awaited.  Here’s the detailed

Sep 2, 2022 : Scott Morrison
AT Days 120-123: Mt Rogers / Grayson Highlands

AT Days 120-123: Mt Rogers / Grayson Highlands

In far southern Virginia the AT passes through the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area and Grayson Highlands.  I really enjoyed the terrain in this

Aug 29, 2022 : Scott Morrison
AT Days 116-119:  Finding food is easier than finding hikers

AT Days 116-119: Finding food is easier than finding hikers

I ate especially well during this four day stretch in southern Virginia, but rain and solitude were also notable.  Here’s the daily breakdown: Day

Aug 24, 2022 : Scott Morrison
AT Days 112-115:  Ridge-inia

AT Days 112-115: Ridge-inia

As I worked my way into southern Virginia, the AT took me through numerous stretches with long ridges and few peaks.  Here are the daily

Aug 23, 2022 : Scott Morrison