Category Archives: Appalachian Trail

Finding D.O.G.

Four years ago, I took a road trip to Monument Valley, near the Arizona – Utah border, and came home with a puppy. Keeping a┬áskinny, filthy, half-wild mutt I found wandering in the desert could have been a complete disaster, … Continue reading

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I Brake For Turtles

This past weekend, driving one of Virginia’s back roads, I saw a box turtle in the middle of my lane and pulled over to help it across. I guess I must have stopped somewhat abruptly because a truck in the … Continue reading

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Hiking In Hunting Season

Fall is my favorite hiking season, with one major drawback: it’s also hunting season. I don’t have a problem sharing the woods with sportsmen, as long as they hunt responsibly, but being around flying bullets does tend to put me … Continue reading

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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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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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