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100 Miles on the North Country Trail

In all of Michigan there is only one place to really stretch your legs and get some miles under your feet, and that place is the North Country Trail. The NCT, like the much more popular Pacific Crest Trail and Appalachian Trail, is a National Scenic Trail. It runs for 4,600 miles from eastern New York to central North Dakota.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

When my friend Chris mentioned this past spring that he had secured group permits (6-12 people) for Pictured Rocks this summer I was 100% all in on the trip. I had never done a group trip, so that would be something new as well. 4 days/3 nights/42 miles in the wilderness with people you've never hiked with before could be awesome or a total disaster. We'd have the maximum of 12 people on this trip.

The Northern Loop, Mt. Rainier National Park

Sarah and I started planning our trip to Mt. Rainier National Park last year by contacting her friends Nick and Jamie who live near Seattle and also love backpacking and the outdoors.It was to be our big 2016 backpacking trip and it definitely didn't fall short of how incredible we thought it would be. 5 nights/6 days of pure backpacking goodness!

Linville Gorge Wilderness

Linville Gorge Wilderness is an unwelcoming place. It is anchored by Linville Falls at the north end, which is a part of the Blue Ridge Parkway. But The Gorge is not the falls. It is not a park. It isn't friendly. The Gorge is wild, untamed, rugged, and at times dangerous. So, it only made sense that as someone who seeks adventure that I should visit this place.

Tahquamenon Falls State Park

Some of the best memories I have from my childhood involve being in the wilderness. Camping wasn't exactly my family's "thing", but in addition to having a cottage in Golden Lake, Ontario we also went camping once in Algonquin Provincial Park and as a teenager we did an RV camping trip through the Canadian Rockies. My time spent on these trips and especially my time spent at the cottage gave me a love of the outdoors that I've been able to expand on as an adult.