Category: Hiking

Was it a hike or a swim!

A couple of years ago I took a group of Boy Scouts hiking at Percy Quin State Park.  We did the 8-mile Nature Trail all the way around Lake Tangipahoa and had a blast despite lots of wet crossings and bridge and boardwalk damage from Hurricane Isaac.   […]

Who is this Dixie person anyway?

For some months now, I’ve been a member of a Backpacking group on Facebook called, Homemade Wanderlust.  For most of that time I’ve been a lurker, quietly absorbing whatever backpacking wisdom they put out. But you know what a glut of information FB can be.  It’s like drinking […]

10 essentials – water

Something that you realize fast during any outdoor adventure or any disaster situation – water weighs a LOT! 8.3 pounds per gallon adds up fast! Emergency prep experts tell us to try to stockpile 1 gallon of water per person per day in the event of emergencies – […]

5 mistakes new hikers make

Hiking and backpacking are great ways to get some exercise and reconnect with a more natural lifestyle, but there are some pitfalls that can cause beginners to stumble and eventually give up on hiking.  Watch out for… Buying a bunch of stuff that you don’t need Hiking is probably the most accessible […]

You never know until you go

Around this time last year, I wrote about taking our Boy Scouts on the annual Swamp Tromp hike and camping trip at Percy Quin State Park.  For several years running, this 10-mile hike has been their favorite event of the year, and now another year has rolled around and it […]