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Category: Adventure

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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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Roaming Parkers’ Year of Democracy

Over the years, we have organized our lives and jobs and homeschooling so our breaks fall in March, June, September, and December.  This sort of schedule is perfect for extended roaming or more involved adventures! We try to plan our big trips and events for these four times […]