Category: Adventure

6 Local hiking destinations that I still haven’t made it to

We’ve done a fair amount of hiking – it’s just about my favorite outdoor activity – but even so, there are several great hikes right close to home that I still haven’t gotten around to.  I’m sure if I thought a little longer I could come up with […]


Kidnapped by aliens at Potkopinu

In South Mississippi and adjoining Louisiana, at least as far as the Roaming Parkers are concerned, hiking and camping are seasonal activities.  I guess you could call us fair-weather hikers, and 90+ degree heat, 90+ percent humidity, ticks, mosquitoes, and poison ivy do not count as fair-weather. This […]

Mount Kosi is calling me!

Ok, yeah.  It’s official. I’m feeling the call of the mountain again.  This time it is Mount Kosciuszko in New South Wales, Australia.  It will be much tamer than Kilimanjaro, but still some exercise and beautiful scenery and a fabulous destination!     If you want to read […]

Kidnapped by aliens!

You know how, after several years of marriage, two people will become so close that they finish each other’s stories?  They have both lived the same experiences for so long that they have each told the other all the jokes and amusing anecdotes they know – two or […]

The Year of the Beach

The Roaming Parkers are pretty much evenly divided between mountain people and beach people.  I don’t mind beaches but I vastly prefer mountains, and Elise will tolerate mountains but she loves the beach.  I think the kids are about evenly split too. It turns out that this miniature […]

Snuggly snakes and cowboy camping

Some comedian recently struck a note with folks my age when he commented, “I really thought as a kid that quicksand would be a bigger problem in the world than it is.” It seems like back in my day, every other superhero or western TV series eventually got […]