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When to hold & when to fold

One of my outdoor mentors told me more than once, “Never, ever cancel an outing just because of what some weatherman says. Unless you see a tornado, we’re going anyway.” That advice has gotten us some direct experience with rain and thunderstorm, jungle heat so bad that it […]

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Trail names

A trail name is the hiker version of a nom de plume or handle or nickname that is used while on the trail. But why do people do the trail name thing? There may be several reasons, including… They want to separate themselves from their regular daily lives […]

Cajun fried cabbage

I don’t know about other regions of the United States and elsewhere, but in the deep South Gulf states, it is a New Year’s Day tradition to eat a meal of cornbread, cabbage, and black-eyed peas. There is a story that the eating of these particular vitands will […]

Huevos Rancheros improvisor

This could have been one of those cooking show challenges where they give you a bunch of stupid random ingredients but specify that you have to fix this particular, amazing dish!   We woke up late last weekend and Elise popped up and said, “You ought to fix huevos […]