am just a guy who loves living life to the fullest. Whether it is out hiking the trails of East Tennessee, adventures in the backcountry, or visiting and learning about historical sites, I enjoy it all.

I document my journeys though various forms of social media with pictures, videos, and blogs as a way for me to look back. If you enjoy this kind of thing, I invite you to pour a beer and join me on my adventures.

L. Alex Hauck



Hiking the Black Mountain Crest Trail
Friday, May 27, 2022

After Action Blog: Hiking the Black Mountain Crest Trail

Pisgah National Forest, NC
Friday May 27, 2022 - Saturday May 28, 2022

Not going to lie, this one was a total shit show from the very start that makes it even more disappointing as I was so looking forward to this hike for a very long time. I will start off by saying that I did do some research on the trail, but I don’t like watching videos beforehand as I like some sense of adventure when I go off on these hikes. I knew it was going to be grueling and tough, but I did not expect all the climbing and rock hopping I would be doing.  

I had planned to start his hike from the Bolens Creek trailhead get to the ridge and hike to Mount Mitchell then back. I was going to take my time with the first four miles as it looked to be a hard climb, and it was. Then I was going to pick up speed once I got to the ridge and get to Mount Mitchell then camp at Commissary Hill.  

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Black Mountain Crest Trail - Friday May 17 - 18, 2022

Hiking to Gregory Bald
Saturday, April 2, 2022

After Action Blog: Hiking Gregory Bald

Smoky Mountain National Park
Saturday, April 2, 2022

I have wanted to do this hike for a few years now. I had not yet been to Gregory Bald but had heard it is quite the place to go and see. My original plan was to do this as a two-day hike but now that I am in better shape figured, I would tackle it in one day. I will eventually do this as an overnighter as I would like to spend some more time up top and the hike itself is just awesome.

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Hiking Gregory Bald (Part 1) - Saturday, April 2, 2022

Hiking Gregory Bald (Part 2) - Saturday, April 2, 2022

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Hiking Bald River with Frank
Saturday, May 7, 2022

Took Frank to the Bald River Trial in Cherokee National Forest for a little day hike to stretch or legs. Bald River is one of the trails I like to take Frank on because it is usually maintained well and is not super crowded once you get past the first part. It was a rainy day but good to be out.

Also, check out my blog post as well.
~ Hiking Bald River with Frank ~

Backcountry Camping Highlights
April 14, 2022 - April 16, 2022

Had a two night backcountry camping trip with my wife and some friends. Always nice to get out away from it all for for a while and de-stress. Here are some highlights from that trip.

Also, check out my blog post as well.
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Schoolhouse Gap, Turkeypen Ridge...

Got up early and got on trial around 06:00. Hiked a loop consisting of Schoolhouse Gap, Turkeypen Ridge, Lead Cove, Bote Mountain and then stayed the night at Backcountry Campsite #18. It was a beautiful day with great weather.

I was surprised on how much I enjoyed Turkeypen Ridge, though I do think it will be a better cool weather hike where you do not have as many leaves to restrict the view. Lead Cove is steep but a very nice trail as well. Bote Mountain, though, is not one of my favorite trails. Especially this ...

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Cherokee National Forest - May 7, 2022:
Bald River Falls and its trail is located in Cherokee National Forest in the Tellico Plains area. The waterfall is right off the road so that area usually has a crowd but most of the people stick close to the falls itself. While the falls attracts the crowd the trail is very well traveled too so it tends to be well maintained as national forest trails go.

I like to take Frank on this hike because it is not overgrown and has the river running with it the whole way... Continue Reading

Hiking Gregory Bald

Smoky Mountain National Park - April 2, 2022:
I have wanted to do this hike for a few years now. I had not yet been to Gregory Bald but had heard it is quite the place to go and see... Continue Reading

Gettysburg Battlefield

November 8, 2021:
I am not going to get into any of the history of the battle in this post as I want to reflect on my overall feeling of this place... Continue Reading