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Roaming Parkers

The Roaming Parkers are all about Travel, Outdoor Adventure, Conservation, and Food. Come along with us on this journey!

Natural wonder now a trashy dump

I discovered Pipes Lake in Helen McGinnis’ ‘Hiking Mississippi’ book. I knew that McGinnis’ book was not as up-to-date as Johnny Malloy’s guidebook. but I got a copy because I wanted to compare the differences in their accounts and perspectives. Then a couple of years ago I got […]

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One Strange Rock

In all of history, there have only been five perfect nature documentaries. This… is the sixth! Seriously, though, One Strange Rock only took about half an episode to become my all-time favorite. It is narrated by Will Smith and it is the story of these American Astronauts who […]

10 animals you have to see!

The World Wildlife Foundation (you know, the panda people) did a survey and put together a bucket list of the top ten species that you have just got to see sometime in your life. Their criteria for animals to include were: Seeing it has to make your bottom […]

Keto King Cake

Diet is culturally dictated to a large degree, and in south Mississippi and throughout Louisiana, the culture dictates that you eat King Cake during Mardi Gras leading up to the Lenten season! Unfortunately, we’d gone keto some months earlier and we were starting to make some real progress […]

7 Leave No Trace principles

Leave No Trace is a conservation program that was started by a collaboration between The U.S. Department of Agriculture, The National Parks Service, the National Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management. The Boy Scouts of America rapidly picked up the program and made it part of […]

Leave no Trace – Respect wildlife

It can be super-tempting to want to handle or pet or feed a creature that you meet in the outdoors – especially for kids. Some physical interaction with animals is probably wise and healthy and necessary for our development but children and parents and other outdoorsmen have to […]

Front- vs. backcountry

Among outdoor adventure enthusiasts, there is a distinction between frontcountry and backcountry adventures. At first, these might seem like synonyms for little vs. big adventures, or easy vs. hard, but if you are engaged in any sort of outdoor adventure, like hiking or canoeing then the topic deserves […]

The Bear-muda Triangle

The protection and reintroduction of the black bear into Mississippi has been a huge success! I’ve heard stories of black bear all along the creek bottoms all over the state – especially near Natchez and Monticello. I’ve seen photos of a bear in a deer feeder near Natchez […]