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No more bushwhacking for a bit November 5, 2011

Posted by Jenny in bushwhacking, Smoky Mountains.
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A favorite bushwhack this year was another variation on Lester Prong, back in early April

My knee problem of the past few months has reached the point where I’ll have to consult a specialist. The brace I’ve been wearing hasn’t prevented it from popping out of joint, and today, on a hike up Lester Prong to the Jumpoff, it popped out severely enough that I had to turn around a short distance up the Dry Sluice manway. I’m glad my four hiking companions were able to continue without me, and I look forward to hearing how it went. I’ve been there twice before, and none of them have—I wanted to share it with them.

I’m determined to get this problem solved, one way or another. If it by chance means surgery, I’ll do that, because I will not let this part of my life stop. I believe I’ll be able to continue with trail hiking in the meantime. It’s bending the knee at the strange angles required by off-trail that causes the problem. But then, a lot of strange things are required in that kind of hiking—that’s why I love it so much.

I’ve had some fabulous bushwhacking experiences this year, as much as anyone could ask for. Today, on my way out, I stopped beside Porters Creek and meditated a short while. I’ll be back.

I enjoyed sitting beside Porters Creek for a few minutes today



1. Thomas Stazyk - November 5, 2011

So sorry to hear about your knee. Hope it resolves without surgery.

I’ll miss your fascinating hike logs and pics but the good news for your readers is that now you’ll have more time for some history posts!

Best of luck for a quick recovery.

Jenny - November 5, 2011

Thanks very much for your kind wishes.

We will soon be resuming our journey across the Lincoln Highway!

2. Ronnie McCall - November 6, 2011

Dave told me about your knee Jenny,I hope you recover 100 percent because I am looking forward to future hikes.Best wishes

3. TWL - November 6, 2011


I am very sorry to hear you are having knee problems but I am glad to hear that you are addressing it. I wish you a slow, complete, total healing process.

The body is an amazing healing machine, if we give it the rest it needs to work its magic.


4. brian - November 7, 2011

Jenny, I can imagine how frustrating it must be for you to take time off. You more than just about anybody. Best of luck! In the meantime looking forward to some keenly observed trail write ups…

5. kaslkaos - November 8, 2011

Oh no! Hope you get a good resolution on this. So sorry to hear about your knee. Hoping you will get back to your trails soon.

6. Jenny - November 8, 2011

I appreciate everyone’s good wishes! I have the first doctor’s appointment now, so that’ll get the wheels turning…

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