Month: January 2018

How to keep your gear dry when backpacking in the rain or snow

I remember my older brothers whining about going backpacking at Vicksburg Battlefield Park back in the late 1960’s.  It was a bit different than hiking there nowadays.  For one thing, they used to allow Scouts to camp at Vicksburg Battlefield (they don’t anymore).  And another thing, this was […]


It means no worries!

We told our guides and porters that of all the 50 United States, the one where we come from (Mississippi) is known as The Hospitality State.  But the Tanzanians we met and especially the people of Chief’s Tours taught us about a higher level of hospitality. The Tanzanian […]

Let the mountain think about you.

Kilimanjaro is a strenuous physical challenge under fairly extreme external constraints including altitude and cold.  But despite all that, Kilimanjaro has been called, “Everyman’s Everest,” implying that most people – even ordinary people – should be able to do it. The REAL challenge to Kilimanjaro is psychological.  That […]

The stars over Shira plateau

I know the Kilimanjaro stories are just barely trickling out – but don’t worry!  We have TONS of stories – probably months of stories from Kilimanjaro.  And we have lots and lots of photos.  This material is trickling right now because we are still processing – digitally processing […]

Kilimanjaro makes me gassy!

So, here’s something that you might not have read in all your pre-Kilimanjaro research – exposure to high altitude can make you feel extremely bloated and gassy.  Here’s how it works. Any gas that you get in your gut (like, for instance, eating unfamiliar foods) expands uncomfortably when […]

Tropical, sea-level, and flat

Don’t get me wrong, the Roaming Parkers loved Kilimanjaro and we had a blast on that trek, but let me give any would-be adventurers out there a bit of advice.  You probably can not stay blissfully married (like us 😉 if you schedule grueling, rigorous adventures (like Kilimanjaro) […]

Kilimanjaro is like a 3-legged pig

There was an iconic local stand-up comedian in the 1970’s and 80’s named Jerry Clower known for his uproarious stories about rural Mississippi life.  Clower was so boisterous and loud that he earned the nickname, The Mouth of Mississippi.  Clower used to tell a story about a man […]