How I Rode my Mules up the Virginia Highlands Horse Trail

Hey, I drew you a map of my first five days riding my mules Brick and Cracker up the Virginia Highlands Horse Trail.

A very rough map I sketched of my first five days riding the Virginia Highlands Horse Trail with my mules Brick and Cracker.

I sketched the map into Katie’s notebook. Her parents, RJ and Christina, invited me for supper while I was camped at Fox Creek Horse Camp. Here are some photos of our time together.

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Scenes From a Grayson Highlands Mule Camp

I recently wrote of catching up with Badger, the Baron, Jimmy Dean and Sleeper at the Scales camp on the Virginia Highland Horse Trail. They taught me how to speak AT lingo. Here are some more photos from that gathering you’ll enjoy.

Jimmy Dean and the Sage (their AT trail names) hanging with Cracker (aka Crab Man)
Cracker enjoying a drop-in visit (Scales camp, Virginia Highlands Horse Trail)
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Meet my New Neighbors While Riding the Virginia Highlands Horse Trail

My mules Brick and Cracker are riding the Virginia Highlands Horse Trail. Meet my new neighbor Ms (or Mr?) Fly. How could I ever get lonely out here?

Get A Free Copy of my New Photo Book 19 Million Mule Steps

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How to Speak AT (Appalachian Trail) Lingo With Sleeper and His Tramily

What’s your trail name? Who’s in you’re tramily? Mules Brick, Cracker and I had a damn amusing encounter with some hikers on the AT (Appalachian Trail) this week. Meet Sleeper, Jimmy Dean, The Bard and Badger. They’re going to teach you the lingo you’re going need to sling if you ever hike the AT.

Sleeper, Jimmy Dean, The Bard and Badger hangin’ with Cracker (Scales Camp, Grayson Highlands, Virginia, Virginia Highlands Horse Trail)

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Join my Mules For a Cup of Coffee Cooked on Our BioLite Wood Stove

Howdy. Instead of carrying a conventional camping stove on my mule ramble up the Virginia Highlands Horse Trail, I used a BioLite wood stove. It uses sticks instead of gasoline or propane. Click on the video below to join me for a cup of wood-brewed coffee.

For an in depth review of what it’s like to spend a month cooking on a BioLite wood cook stove, check out this review I wrote. It’s called Now We’re Cooking With Wood… Continue reading

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Get A Free Copy of my New Photo Book 19 Million Mule Steps

I’d love to give you a heads up when my new book Two Mules to Triumph, comes out. Two Mules to Triumph is about riding my mules Brick and Cracker 2,300 miles from North Carolina to Idaho. Just sign up for my newsletter (details below) and I’ll even give you a link where you can download a free copy of my award-winning e-book 19 Million Mule… Continue reading

Overcome by Rain in Elk Garden While Riding the Virginia Highlands Horse Trail

It ain’t always sunny in Elk Garden… Here’s a soggy update from my soaking wet mules in Elk Garden, Virginia. We were out riding the Virginia Highlands Horse Trail when a spring thunder storm overtook us.

Get A Free Copy of my New Photo Book 19 Million Mule Steps

I’d love to give you a heads up when my new book Two Mules to Triumph, comes out. Two Mules to Triumph is about riding my mules Brick and Cracker… Continue reading

Time Lapse Mule Camp on the Virginia Highlands Horse Trail

Here’s a time lapse of me unloading my mules Brick and Cracker outside of Raccoon Creek Horse Camp on the Viriginia Highlands Horse Trail. In real time it took twenty minutes. Some days, I wish I could boil it down to 40 seconds like you see in this time lapse video.

Get A Free Copy of my New Photo Book 19 Million Mule Steps

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Renegade Hoof Boot Repair Day

Mules Brick and Cracker are taking two days off from our mule ramble at Nancy and Bill Sluy’s CCC ranch. The mules have enjoyed lots of grain, deep grass and two well-earned rest days. While I was here, I had a chance to go over my Renegade hoof boots with new friends Hanna and Lisa.

Hoof boot party: Hanna Bartnick, Lisa and I doing some routine hoof boot maintenance. The beauty of hoof boots is that most brands can be… Continue reading
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