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Category: Hiking

South Mississippi swamp shootout

Florida anise has become one of my favorite old friends to see whenever I go hiking in swampy areas. Sometimes in low areas it grows so densely that you can’t help but crush some of it underfoot or brush against it and soon the whole swamp has that […]

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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 […]

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 […]

2500 years ago blood poured out

Pain is temporary but Glory is forever – so the saying goes. Some years ago, before I’d ever visited and hiked at the battlefield at Shiloh Tennessee, people had told me that they could feel the spirits of the men who’d died there. I thought that was a […]

Backpacking the Wild Azalea Trail

Anyone around here familiar with this National hiking Trail south of Alexandria Louisiana? That’s where I’m at right now! I’ve had a fierce hankering to do this trail for a while now but haven’t gotten around to it so I figured to make a long weekend of it. […]

Howling in the wilderness

“It [the wilderness] was ready to echo the growl of a bear; the howl of a wolf; or the scream of a panther; but when you get fairly into the middle of one of these grim forests you are surprised to find that the larger inhabitants are not […]