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Category: Hiking

7 ways my Wild Azalea hike was unlike any other

Labor Day weekend 2019 I hopped over to the Wild Azalea trail at Woodworth Louisiana and did an 18-mile, 3-day, 2-night solo backpacking trek that turned out to be pretty much one of the most fun, challenging, and rewarding pack camping experiences I’ve ever had! So much about […]

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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 […]

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 […]