Appalachian Trail

In remembrance: Nanninga’s final journey on the Appalachian Trail

In remembrance: Nanninga’s final journey on the Appalachian Trail

As fall approached, Jim Nanninga was eager to complete his mission of hiking the entire Appalachian Trail. Derailed by an ankle injury last November after hiking more than 1,200 miles of the 2,180-mile trail over the course of three months, he rested and recovered and rolled out of Fort Walton Beach Sept. 6 via Greyhound […]

Area residents share their stories of hiking the Appalachian Trail

Area residents share their stories of hiking the Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail is the Footpath for the People and spans nearly 2,200 miles from Georgia to Maine. It’s a bucket list item for the most serious of hikers. There are also sections that make for great day hikes for those with less experience. Famed travel author Bill Bryson summed up hiking the trail in […]

Phelan sets sights on breaking Florida National Scenic Trail speed record

Phelan sets sights on breaking Florida National Scenic Trail speed record

Phil Phelan loves to hike, but it wasn’t until five years ago that he started doing it professionally. His decision to go that route came at a time in his life things weren’t going so well. He was in the construction business and then went into sales, but the recession hurt business. “Life was tough,” […]