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Category: Hiking

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]