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Month: November 2019

To the point of no return and back

Last of a series – Where the Wild Things Roam The point of no return Around noon of the second day, it came time for a really tough decision. Having not planned for the extreme heat, I’d initially thought I might be able to do two 20-mile days […]

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Crossroads of the ancients

Situated strategically in the dead-center of land and sea routes between Western Europe and the Fertile Crescent, right in the middle of the Roman Empire and right on the edge of the Persian Empire, Greece (or at that time, Thessaly, Peloponnesus, Epirus, and Macedonia) was the crossroads of […]

A hot, dry stalk

Part 3 of a series – Where the Wild Things Roam Looking for water I had studied up on creeks along the trail so I was not surprised that first night’s camp was a dry camp – no water for washing or drinking. I brought 5 liters of […]

The howling wilderness

Part 2 in a series – Where the Wild Things Roam I was making good progress that first afternoon along the clearly-marked trail, when I suddenly came upon a bulldozer track crossing the trail. Beyond the track, the trail was utterly obliterated by a blow-down that must have […]

Marathon – more than a race

I suspect many of us have heard the story of the Battle of Marathon. Maybe not as many as have heard of the 300 Spartans at Thermopylae because Marathon has not been popularized in a Frank Miller comic book and a big budget movie featuring mutants and ninjas […]

Where the Wild Things Roam

Part 1 in a series For a long time I’ve pined to explore the Wild Azalea Trail south of Alexandria Louisiana – a national hiking trail that stretches from Woodworth Louisiana 24 miles through the Kisatchie National Forest to Valentine Lake near the town of Gardner Louisiana. Dispersed […]

Sounio’s Temple of Poseidon

The southernmost point of Attica, the mainland of Greece, has a remarkable ruin at Cape Sounio. Almost 3000 years ago, ancient bards like Homer sang ballads of the importance of Sounio as a trading port and refuge to which people would flee in times of war. You can […]