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Category: Adventure

What sparks Reinhold Messner’s imagination?

An interviewer asked famous mountain climber, Reinhold Messner, what sorts of adventures spark his imagination and spirit – what is it that he is looking for in his adventures. His answer is remarkable! Paraphrased, he says… I am seeking the unknown in myself –  not the unknown outside.  […]

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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 […]

10 Essentials – Insect repellent

Of all the 10 outdoor essentials that expert outdoor gurus tell us not to forget when we go outside, insect repellent seems like just about the most important around South Mississippi and Louisiana. Between West Nile and Zika mosquitoes, swarming gnats, and the painful bites of horseflies the size […]