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Category: Camping

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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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 […]

An awesome backpack food experiment!

A few days ago I was reading on some backpacking forum someone was saying that when choosing and packing food for a backpacking trek, choosing lightweight food should be your foremost concern. I think that is TERRIBLE advice. Who wants to eat crappy food just because it’s lightweight? […]

9 lies that keep you on the couch

There are a lot of people that would enjoy outdoor activities like camping, hiking, or cooking out.  Some of those folks might even find that participating in more outdoor activities would change their lives in a really fulfilling way. But unfortunately, some of these people have been lied […]

Kidnapped by aliens at Potkopinu

In South Mississippi and adjoining Louisiana, at least as far as the Roaming Parkers are concerned, hiking and camping are seasonal activities.  I guess you could call us fair-weather hikers, and 90+ degree heat, 90+ percent humidity, ticks, mosquitoes, and poison ivy do not count as fair-weather. This […]

Snuggly snakes and cowboy camping

Some comedian recently struck a note with folks my age when he commented, “I really thought as a kid that quicksand would be a bigger problem in the world than it is.” It seems like back in my day, every other superhero or western TV series eventually got […]