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Category: Adventure

The Mystery of the Dastardly Dam Dynamiter

A few months ago, I was chatting with a local octogenarian and he told me an incredible story!  When he was a small child, his family lived in Magnolia and he says the old timers used to talk about a lake in Magnolia that was formed by damming the Minnehaha […]

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Trail names

A trail name is the hiker version of a nom de plume or handle or nickname that is used while on the trail. But why do people do the trail name thing? There may be several reasons, including… They want to separate themselves from their regular daily lives […]

Roaming Parkers’ Year of Democracy

Over the years, we have organized our lives and jobs and homeschooling so our breaks fall in March, June, September, and December.  This sort of schedule is perfect for extended roaming or more involved adventures! We try to plan our big trips and events for these four times […]

7 best exercises to stay fit for canoeing

Some of my really die-hard canoeing buddies don’t hesitate to venture out onto the water in a canoe throughout the year – even during the winter!  Certainly, our Canadian pioneers and their Haudenosaunee predecessors couldn’t avoid canoeing in chilly water. But for us less exuberant, fair-weather paddlers, October is […]

Too old for a hike!?

Good news for folks that think hiking in the mountains might be fun but also feel like maybe their chance has passed them by.  You are probably not too old to hike in mountainous terrain if you want to! When Elise and I climbed Kilimanjaro she was in […]

Treasures in the poorest places

Just because many people in a particular location are struggling financially does not mean that place does not have anything to offer a vacationer or adventurer!  Some of the most amazing education and exploration and adventure venues in the United States are in or near some of the […]