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Shake off the pandemic blues

Alarka Expeditions has launched the Pandemic Blues Series, which features four different outings into the great outdoors along with the option to purchase a T-shirt featuring the Alarka logo “with ‘tour dates’ on the back like the concert T-shirts of old,” according to the course description.

Outings included in the series are:

  • Friday, Aug. 7. Alarka Laurel: A Deep Map of a Wild Place. The excursion includes 6 miles of moderately difficult hiking through dynamic high-elevation spruce bog in the Cowee Range.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 11. Power of Place. Poet and author Brent Martin will lead this workshop exploring how to make time at home more meaningful and life-enhancing, including readings and field exercises in Cowee Valley totaling 2-3 miles of easy walking
  • Saturday, Aug. 22. A Literary Field Guide to Southern Appalachia: Readings and Explorations. The group will meet outside and explore the wilds with a collection of poetry, prose and art celebrating the Southern Appalachians in hand. The workshop will be held in Cowee Valley with very little walking, mostly observation.
  • Sept. 1. Five Miles of Silence. The group will embark on a moderately difficult hike on the Bartram Trail in Macon County, completing the miles in utter silence with scheduled breaks for observation and a chance to compare notes at the end of the day.

For more information or to register, visit

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