Monthly Archives: September 2012

Appalachian Trail: First Signs of Fall

Fall is coming! The days are getting shorter, the leaves redder, the acorns more treacherous, the bears fatter, the turtles braver and the bees and the butterflies lazier. How do I know? By walking through the woods this morning on … Continue reading

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Free National Park Day Saturday!

Hey everybody! In case you haven’t heard, in celebration of National Public Lands Day, admission to all National Parks is free this Saturday! The day is intended as a volunteer day so do your part by picking up trash or joining … Continue reading

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Some People Make the World Brighter, Just By Being In It

Some people make the world brighter just by being in it. My grandmother, Mary Cape Banks Smith, was one of those people. Thirty years ago, after the sudden and unexpected death of her beloved husband, my grandmother “Capie” commandeered an … Continue reading

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Packing for Backpacking: Shenandoah!

This weekend I’m going backpacking in Shenandoah National Park! Shenandoah is the first place I ever went backpacking and one of the loveliest places on Earth. Today, in between learning all about Mercury (the planet, not the element) and interviewing … Continue reading

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Rain or Shine on the Appalachian Trail

Summer is still lingering in southern Virginia and the days have been hot and muggy. When I woke up the other morning to rain, I gladly headed out for a hike. I’ll take warm rain over heat and humidity any … Continue reading

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A Special Auction: Thank You!

Thanks to everybody who came out yesterday to the 23rd annual benefit auction in support of the Clinic For Special Children! As always, it was an amazing day for a wonderful cause. Hope to see you again next year on … Continue reading

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All Seasons: Shenandoah National Park, VA

I go for a hike almost every day and cover a lot of the same ground, over and over, in all weather and in all seasons. Exploring new terrain is always exciting, but there is also something deeply satisfying about … Continue reading

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A Special Auction

My favorite day of the year is always the Third Saturday of September: Auction Day! On this day, every year for the past 23 years, the Amish and Mennonite communities of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania have held a spectacular benefit auction … Continue reading

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Leon Sinks: Worst. Hike. Ever!

When people hear that I’ve been hiking in all 50 states, they often ask what’s the best place I’ve ever hiked. Impossible to say, but a quick, inarguable answer is the Grand Canyon. Recently, somebody asked me what’s the worst … Continue reading

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Crossing Paths: AT Critters

After more than a year exploring the wild West, I was ready to head East. I grew up in Pennsylvania, spent most of my childhood summers in West Virginia and logged my first real trail miles on the Appalachian Trail … Continue reading

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