Uncle Nick Grindstaff – AT 2017

In early June of this year I was hiking over Iron Mountain while backpacking along the Appalachian trail and happened across the monument/grave of Uncle Nick Grindstaff. The inscription simply read: "Uncle Nick Grindstaff Born Dec. 26, 1851 Died July 22, 1923 Lived alone, suffered alone, and died alone" Standing at a man’s grave on …

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Pike’s Peak for 2017

I blame my oldest son. A couple of years ago, while attending his wedding in Colorado Springs, Colorado, I was enchanted by the amazing views of Pikes Peak. The mountain was incredible to watch in the morning sunrise. To my surprise and joy I learned there were hiking trails which lead to the summit. As an avid hiker, I …

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