I grew up in north-central Alabama near Pell City, so it’s a thrill to be back at home teaching a new generation of fellow Alabamians. I enjoy spending time outside. For those of you not familiar with Alabama’s natural beauty, the Sipsey Wilderness is an absolute treasure trove of waterfalls and giant tulip poplars, though the Cheaha Wilderness area is also near and dear to my heart for its brilliant vistas of the Talladega Mountains.

Trailhead at Blood Mountain near Blairsville, GA. Pictured are myself and my (sometimes less-than-willing) trail-mate, Peter Eubanks.