Category: Hiking

Battle of Fort Washington

At the top of Inwood Hill in north Manhattan, situated right over the Hutson River sat Fort Cockhill (or Cox’s Hill, as General Washington called it.) Cockhill was the northernmost of a series of outposts and forts that were constructed on Manhattan Island (then known as York Island) […]

Shiloh vet first to canoe the Colorado

One role of a Scoutmaster is to tell short, funny stories to the kids.  Often these stories have a moral but usually, their main virtues are that they are funny and short.  They call these stories, “Scoutmaster Minutes” because the Founder of Scouting said if the adults drone […]

Revolution in Manhattan

When you think of Manhattan, you might think of the bright lights of Times Square or the solemnity of the 9/11 Memorial, the crush and bustle of the Metro subway or the glorious promise of Lady Liberty. You probably don’t think about hiking and soaking in Revolutionary War […]

How to see more when you hike

Famous baseball player and coach, Yogi Berra, said, “You can see a lot just by observing!” Like most of his Yogi-isms, this applies to a lot of life besides just baseball. Take hiking, for instance. It is easy to get into a sort of fugue state while you […]

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 […]