Revisiting Panthertown Valley, NC: 10 Backpacking Lessons Learned from a Downpour

Revisiting Panthertown Valley, NC: 10 Backpacking Lessons Learned from a Downpour

Two years ago, I was invited on my first backpacking trip with my friend Elizabeth and her group of friends who visit Panthertown Valley annually. We had an amazing weekend full of campfires, "faint foothpath" finding, waterfall chasing, and of course, running from yellowjackets (you can read about that trip on the blog here). When a date had been set for the annual Panthertown trip for 2016, I cleared my schedule and began preparing for another exciting weekend in the backcountry!

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Hiking in Panthertown Valley

Every year, my friend Elizabeth and a small group of her friends from college get together and go backpacking through the beautiful Nantahala Forest in North Carolina. They pack up all of their camping gear (ENO hammocks, hiking boots, tents, Chaco sandals, JetBoil stoves, dehydrated food, and clothing) and head out into the woods in search of a perfect "home away from home" in Panthertown Valley. I was an extremely lucky gal and received an invitation from Elizabeth to join their camp this year- and I'm so glad I did!

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Chris & Bailey: A Flat Rock, North Carolina Wedding

A few months back, I gave a preview of Chris and Bailey's beautiful wedding in Flat Rock, North Carolina. After finishing the images, I fell in love with this wedding-- the stunning couple and beautiful venue, and just had to share the whole story. 

I would like to give a big thanks to Bethany Sanford, fellow VI alumni and photographer, of Bethany Grace Photography, for being a great road trip buddy, second shooter and awesome person! And also, thanks to Bailey and Chris, for a beautiful day and weekend- best wishes!

Stay tuned for the full blog of Bailey's equestrian bridal shoot.....